Sharing Your Faith
by Eric Michalls
Eric is a Resident Minister in the Cross Church School of Ministry. He is the teaching/writing track. Eric is with us for one year preparing to be a pastor and writer.
This past week to get a little extra done with no distractions, my friend and I went to a local coffee shop in Springdale. We were probably there no more than 30 minutes when a man approached us and said that he would like to talk to us about philosophy and other things. We agreed and after finding a stopping place, we went over to where he was and started to talk with him. I can say that it was the wackiest, craziest conversation I have ever had with a person about faith. If I was to write just the conversation that we had, you would probably be confused by the stuff that he was saying. I can tell you that as hard as I tried to bring the conversation around to the hope of the gospel and what Jesus Christ has done for him, he never wanted to listen to the gospel.
Peter writes to his audience in 1 Peter 3:15 “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” As believers, we always need to be prepared to share our faith. Jesus tells his followers to go and make disciples of all nations. This means we have to be intentional about sharing our faith with others.
This week Bikes, Blues and BBQ starts. This event brings in over 400,000 bikers from all over the nation to Northwest Arkansas and includes great music and great food. In conjunction with a group called Faith Riders, the CCSM students have had an opportunity to interact with all types of people and share with them their testimony. Each testimony was only for 3 minutes long. This still gave them the opportunity to share their faith.
As Christians, it is vital that we share our faith with those we know do not know Christ. Start praying for divine appointments so that you can share your faith with them. You have a story, I have story. That story is the same: we’ve turned and repented of our sin, placed our faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation and are walking in obedience to Him. We all have a story, will you share yours?