To witness for Christ, each of us must cross what Pastor Rico Tice calls our “pain line.”
That’s the barrier that keeps us from sharing about Jesus because:
- We don’t know what to say.
- We don’t feel we’re “good enough” to adequately represent Christianity.
- We fear rejection.
- We’re avoiding pain.
My wife, Jean, is the only Christian among her four siblings. When her mom passed away, Jean called for a family conference. Everybody sat down in the living room, and Jean went through a detailed explanation of the Gospel and shared what her faith meant to her. When she finished, one of her brothers said, “Jeanie, I love you, but I’m an atheist. I don’t believe any of this.”
That’s the pain line.
Crossing it isn’t easy. It takes a certain amount of courage and a whole lot of God’s grace. But a few mental handles can help you feel more comfortable in conversations about faith.
We’re discussing how to cross the pain line on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Sharing Your Faith in Everyday Life” with our guest Pastor Rico Tice, the senior minister of evangelism at All Souls Church in Langham Place in London.
He’s developed an evangelism tool called Christianity Explored, which introduces people all around the world to Jesus. His thoughts about sharing Christ are thoroughly tested, and he’ll help you better understand how God wants to use you to reach others for Him.
In a nutshell, Pastor Tice breaks down sharing the Gospel like this: At the heart of the Gospel is Jesus, and there are three things we want people to know about Him:
- Who He is. His identity.
- Why He came. His mission.
- What it means to follow Him. His call.
How do we witness to those ideas effectively? Listen to my full conversation with Pastor Rico Tice on your local radio station, online, on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, via Google Podcasts, or take us with you on our free phone app.
Pastor Tice’s book Honest Evangelism: How to Talk About Jesus Even When It’s Tough will walk through each of step of witnessing, teach you how to handle fear and rejection, and help you understand what to do when you don’t know the answers you think you should. It’s available for a gift of any amount. For more information, click here or call 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).