It’s hard to spread God’s word because many people immediately become resistant the second they hear anything resembling preaching, but there’s a simple fix – mix God’s word and message with your own words, here’s how…
“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Christ commanded that all of his disciples preach the gospel and convert nonbelievers into believers.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”
But the difficulty is that more people than ever are resistant to hearing the gospel. The minute you start talking about the Bible they either tune out or flat out tell you they don’t want to be preached to.
There are many reasons for that, including a sense of guilt or wanting not to consider or accept any authority other than themselves.
So how do we spread the gospel to the people who most likely need to hear the most – those who resist its message?
We use a little psychology.
“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,”
–1 Peter 3:15
Spreading the message of the gospel starts having a firm knowledge of Scripture. That doesn’t mean you need to know the entire Bible. It simply means understanding some subjects or topics and knowing them well enough to speak on them knowledgeably and wisely.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,”
–2 Timothy 3:16
You don’t need to teach someone everything in the Bible. It is a win if you can teach them just one concept and do it well. That’s all Christ is asking us to do. To help others get the message and make them eager to hear and learn more.
How do you do that?
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.”
– Ephesians 5:1
We need to be imitators of Christ. We need to show the joy, love, hope, peace and more that comes as part of being a Christian.
We need to be a good example.
“Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity,”
Words are powerful. Our words are more influential than we realize. By our words alone, we paint a picture of ourselves. Through our words, we have the ability to become a tremendously good influence to others.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
– Colossians 3:17
We can fill our speech with words of love, hope, kindness, faith, courage, charity, gratitude and many other positive things. We can take verses right out of the Bible and blend them in with her own words in a seamless way.
With this method, we are actually preaching the words of the Bible without the other person realizing we are doing so. We appear to be giving wise advice (and we are).
Then, at some point, the person may inquire what inspired the positive mindset that we have. At that point we tell them that our inspiration comes from the Bible and Jesus Christ.
If we put our faith in the Holy Spirit, we will find the right words when we need them.
The apostle Paul wrote about Jesus giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles.
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
– Acts 1:8
The same is true for those who preach the gospel today. When you have a connection with God, the Holy Spirit will work through you.
Spreading the gospel is a challenge. But there are creative ways to do it. All it takes is the will and patience.
“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”