Pastor, Would You Show Me How to Share My Faith?

Tuesday is for Preaching

How do congregations learn to share their faith?

Taking classes?
Reading books?
Watching films or movies?
Being personally mentored?

All of these may have their place and I have certainly benefited from many of these. But I think the principle way that truly winsome and effective congregations learn how to share their faith is by hearing the gospel presented to them by their pastors through the regular worship service of their church.

Now if this is true there are a number of implications:

  1. Pastors need to share the gospel on a regular basis in their preaching.
  2. Pastors need to recognize this opportunity as a key way of equipping the saints for the work of the ministry.
  3. Pastors need to be engaged in regularly sharing their faith so that their exhortations to the congregation don’t sound hollow.
  4. Pastors who are able to share the gospel in a clear, complete, logical and sequential way (Dr. David Nicholas suggested pattern) will develop disciples who are better able to do the same when opportunities arise to share their faith.

With those implications in mind, here’s a list of self evaluation questions for preachers.

  • Are your people sharing their faith? (When is the last time you shared yours?)
  • Are your people seeing people come to faith? (How clear is your own gospel presentation in your messages? Examine the last five and see if you can find a clear, complete, logical and sequential presentation of the bad news/good news.)
  • When was the last time that you led someone to faith one-on-one? (Do you have any non-Christian friends that you are regularly praying for? [to easy] regularly working to expose to the gospel verities?)

Make sure you include the whole gospel in a clear, complete and logical manner in this week’s messages.

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2 thoughts on “Pastor, Would You Show Me How to Share My Faith?

  1. Dear Marty:

    I agree that the church can learn to share its faith by hearing the pastor regularly proclaim Christ in the message. I think the best way this happens is to preach Christ-centered messages, always helping people to see the passage in light of the work of Christ (for salvation, but also for obedience motivated and sustained by the grace of God in Christ). I don’t think it is usually helpful to just “tag on” to the end of a message a little gospel presentation, but to let the point of the passage, its emphases, and it’s place in redemptive history drive the proclamation of the good news. People definitely need to be able to define the gospel and to know some basic truths to share, but I’m also finding that the people I preach to are benefiting significantly by thinking through each passage in light of the storyline of Scripture and salvation history.

    Something else that has been so helpful in our church (www.ChristFellowshipKC.org) is an open sharing time most weeks where numerous members, not just the pastor(s), often share about their evangelistic experiences from the previous week. This not only motivates the other believers, but we often get to here what was said. Sometimes we will even discuss the content of what was shared which further sharpens our understanding of the good news we must proclaim. Of course, this is a house church setting, so the dynamic for this type of dialogue is “built in,” but most churches could incorporate this open sharing time in other venues during the week (Sun. school, small groups, Eve. services, etc.). I would highly recommend it!

    Thanks for helping me think through this issue.

    Warmly in Christ,
    Steve Burchett

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    1. Steve,

      Amen to your entire comment. I could not agree more. Tacking on the gospel at the end of a message is definitely not what I am driving at here. But when we make the effort to think our way to the cross from any passage and show a clear, complete and logical unfolding of the gospel, we do our whole congregation a tremendous service.

      Marty

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