What should we expect when we share our faith with our friends?
If we’re honest, have we given up sharing because we assume those around us are hostile and uninterested in faith? Latest research, Talking Jesus, shows us a different story.
When we share our faith with our friends, one in five are left wanting to know more about Jesus Christ, and one in five say they’re open to experiencing Jesus for themselves. And of this group, two-thirds say they are both open to knowing more, and experiencing Jesus for themselves.
How amazing that we have friends and family right now who are waiting for us to talk to them more about Jesus!
How does this help us with our evangelism? It means we don’t need to be disappointed when someone isn’t interested – that’s fine, four out of five currently aren’t interested. Our job is to find the one in five and to keep praying for the rest.
So if you’re wondering where to start, pray for five of your friends and family who don’t know Jesus.
The next step is to gently search out who is open to finding out more. You can do this by beginning a conversation in the normal places where you meet your friends and family. At work, at the school gate, in the pub, in the sports club or at the book club.
Why not create a short film with your phone on ‘why I follow Jesus’, pop it up on your social media sites and see who starts a conversation with you about it? Or you could simply offer prayer and see who wants you to pray for them.
Then invite. Invite your friends and family to something that would be a great next step for them. Supper with some of your Christian friends, a church service that you know will be a good experience, or a basic course like Alpha. What’s the worst that could happen? They could say no, and then you know to keep praying for them and ask someone else. While four out of five will probably say no, you’re looking for the one in five who will say yes.
I think it really helps us with our evangelism when we realise that many people will say no, and it’s not because of something we’ve done. Our responsibility is to keep praying and to keep asking, and find the one in five who says yes!
Let’s encourage one another in home groups and in church families to pray for five and find the one!