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How to Share Your Faith

Our team at Servant Life feels that it is not only for your benefit but also our responsibility to make sure that you have a clear understanding of the gospel and how to share it. After all, if we are going to make disciples, we need to be able to tell others what that means. We believe that your ability to articulate the gospel and share your testimony is not just something you should rehearse before a mission trip, but something you are prepared to do at all times as a Christ-follower.

Below is a guide to help you prepare how to share your testimony with the essential elements of the gospel. On a mission trip, you might not have extended time to lay out the full story of salvation with those you encounter. It is important that you are able to share the Gospel in both short and extended versions. We ask that you take the needed time to seriously work through the following questions. We know that it is the work of the Holy Spirit that brings about new life through Christ, but we have the responsibility to share God’s good news and make disciples (Mt 28:18-20, Acts 1:8-9 & Luke 24:44-49). Our hope is that this exercise will not only prepare you, but also remind you of the goodness of God’s grace through the work of Christ (Eph. 1:18-21 & 2:4-10). We look forward to hearing how God uses your testimony in the lives of others!

PART ONE: THE GOSPEL Use these five elements of God’s story to write the Gospel in your own words:

The Character of God (1 John 1:5-10, Ephesians 2:1-10) Write the Biblical truth about the character of God found in this passage:

The Sinfulness of Man (1 John 1:5-10, Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 3:23, 6:23) Write the Biblical truth found in these passages:

The Sufficiency of Christ (1 John 1:5-10, Ephesians 2:1-10) Write the Biblical truth found in these passages:

The Necessity of Faith (1 John 1:5-10, Ephesians 2:1-10, Romans 10:9-13) Write the Biblical truth found in these passages:

The Urgency of Eternity (Ephesians 2:1-3, Romans 6:23) Write the Biblical truth found in this passage:

Write in your own words (100 words or less) the five biblical truths studied above:

PART TWO: SHARING MY STORY Work through the following questions to help you simply and clearly share your story.

I was awakened to my need for a Savior by (people, circumstances, books, etc.):

I realized that God is:

I realized that I was separated from God because:

I came to understand that Christ:

I responded to the good news of Christ’s death and resurrection by:

PART THREE: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Using the five elements of the Gospel and the previous questions just answered, use the following space to share your story and the gospel. The goal is to be able to clearly articulate the Gospel and your story within 60 seconds.

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