I’ve been thinking about the role of personal evangelism in the life of a Christian.
In our current climate of hostility to Christianity, the most effective form of evangelism takes place within our relationships; witnessing in its most basic form is sharing one’s own faith story.
Do you have a personal faith narrative you share with others? Perhaps, like me, you console yourself with the thought that your life is your testimony of faith, along the lines of “walking the walk, not just talking the talk.” But is this enough?
I’ve been outspokenly critical of what I call “stealth churches” (those who downplay their denominational affiliation almost to the point of seeming ashamed of the association), but by failing to give words to the experiences and influences leading to our faith, are we in danger of becoming “stealth” Christians?
We must consciously prepare our personal narrative and be unashamed in sharing it when the opportunity arises and the Spirit leads.
My story is my personal piece of the Good News and therefore my responsibility to share in response to the Great Commission.
“Silent Witness” is the title of a British TV series and it refers to the forensic clues found on a murder victim that testify against the killer. In contrast, the body of Jesus Christ is alive. His followers are living, breathing evidence of His goodness and grace. We need to not only walk the walk, but we must also testify to everyone we meet just why we walk as we do, and what a difference Jesus has made in our lives.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,1 Peter 3:15 NIV