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Gently Evangelizing

If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, why? Why do you follow Jesus? Why do you go to church? Why do you give your tithes and offerings? Have you ever pondered these questions? Peter says that we should be able to explain our hope in Christ. He wrote in 1 Peter 3:15b-16 (NLT):

And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.

Here’s the thing about sharing our faith: it should be done gently and respectfully. Being a Christian doesn’t make you better than anyone else. It just means that you’re forgiven. It means that you’re going to Heaven, but it isn’t because of anything you have done. It is because of what Jesus did. So we should share our faith with the humble awareness that our salvation isn’t about us. We shouldn’t beat people over the head with our faith. We need to be gentle and we should evangelize because we love people. You know, just the way we’d want someone to love us.


This Is Your Story

The apostle Paul, as he concluded his letter to the Philippians, sent greetings to them and then pronounced a blessing over them. He wrote:

Greet all God’s people in Christ Jesus. The brothers and sisters who are with me send greetings. 22 All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. – Philippians 4:21-23 (NIV)

Notice what he said in verse 22 about those who belong to Caesar’s household. Paul had been under house arrest because of his faith. Did that stop him sharing the blessings of God’s grace with people? Nope! Wherever Paul went, he talked about Jesus. Whether he was in chains or free, he talked about Jesus. Even the people who worked for Caesar were being changed by the grace of Jesus. As a follower of Christ, your job is to be an ambassador of Christ wherever you are. You don’t have to go halfway around the world to tell people about Jesus. You may simply have to walk across the hall or across the street. The key is to know your story about how Jesus has changed your life for the better and being willing to share it with others. Pray for an opportunity to share your story with someone today.

Partnering With God Through Giving

The apostle Paul let the Philippians know that their gifts supported his ministry and he was grateful for them. Their gifts were more than just a support of his work. They were a sacrifice that pleased God.

Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. – Philippians 4:17-18 (NIV)

When we give consistently, generously and sacrificially to the work of the Lord, God is pleased. The work of spreading the Gospel continues and lives are changed because of the generosity of God’s people. Our tithes and offerings that we give are a way of partnering with God to change the world with the love of Jesus. This is why giving is so important. It shows that we are grateful and that we trust God. It also shows our desire to partner with God to change lives for His glory.

Why We Tell Others

Paul told the Philippians that many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. He then goes on to describe the destiny of those who live that way. He wrote:

Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. – Philippians 3:19 (NIV)

For believers in Christ, we know that our destiny is eternal life with Jesus. We’ll live forever in the presence of God the Father. Those who reject Jesus Christ here on earth are destined for destruction. This is why we tell people about Jesus. It’s not because Christians are better. It’s not because Christians have it all together. It’s not because we are superior. It’s because we love the world just like God loves the world. If you were headed the wrong way toward a bridge that was out, wouldn’t you want someone to tell you? It’s been said that Christians are just beggars who found bread trying to tell others where to find bread. Let love be your motivation for telling others about Jesus and let’s do it quickly.

Wherever We Go

The apostle Paul was under house arrest in prison when he was writing to the Philippians. Paul used those circumstances to talk to people about Jesus. He wrote:

Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. 13 As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. 14 And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear. – Philippians 1:12-14 (NIV)

Paul’s imprisonment had positive effects. First, he was able to spread the good news of Jesus to more people. Secondly, his imprisonment actually encouraged other believers. It is a good reminder that we need to talk about Jesus Christ wherever we go. No matter what we’re going through, we still have hope and forgiveness that comes through Jesus. His love never changes and never fails.

Saved By Christ’s Resurrection

Peter said in the first part of verse 21 in chapter 3 that we are saved when we get baptized. Baptism is the moment when God forgives our sins by grace through faith in Jesus. The water doesn’t save us. Peter says that we are saved by the resurrection of Jesus. He writes:

It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him. – 1 Peter 3:21b-22 (NIV)

Jesus Christ was really dead when He was crucified by the Romans. God the Father raised Him back to life on the 3rd day by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus then appeared to hundreds of people and then ascended into Heaven where He rules and reigns at the right hand of the Father. Everything is in submission to Him. Until the day that He returns, His followers must share the message of His love with all who will listen so that they might believe, repent, confess and be baptized and live a faithful life.

Talking About Jesus

Do you know your story? What has Christ saved you from? Peter says that we should ALWAYS be prepared to talk about our hope in Jesus. He wrote:
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, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. – 1 Peter 3:15-16 (NIV)
The key to talking about Jesus is to do it with gentleness and respect. Sometimes we forget this. We’ll never ever hate someone into Heaven. But we can lovingly, gently and respectfully tell them about our hope we have in Jesus. Love goes a lot further than hate. Love changes lives while hate just pushes people further away from the God who gave up His Son to demonstrate His love for the world. God doesn’t hate anyone and neither should we.

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