Extend an Invitation
A very popular way that people share their faith with others is through extending invitations. Sometimes we don’t know what to say to people about our faith, so inviting them to our church to hear the good news of Jesus is often a great start. In fact, most people will attend church at Christmas or Easter because of traditions. Always be on the lookout for how you can introduce someone to Jesus through an invitation.
There is a noteworthy story found in John 4 where we see this act of inviting people displayed. Jesus and His disciples had just spent time in Judea baptizing people. On His way back to Galilee, He stopped at a nearby well to rest and get water. A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and that’s when Jesus asked her for a drink. It was uncommon for a Jew to associate with a Samaritan, so the woman was clearly shocked that He asked her for help.
They began a conversation where Jesus was referring to one thing, and she was thinking it was something else. She eventually asked Jesus to give her this “living water,” but His response was unexpected—“Go and get your husband.” (John 4:16 NLT) When she told Him she didn’t have a husband, Jesus proceeded to tell about her past with men, which included five previous husbands and a current live-in boyfriend.
After more discussion, Jesus tells this woman that He is the Messiah in John 4:26. She left her jar, ran back to town, and started telling people about this man who knew everything about her. The people followed her back to where He was. And this is where her invitation does a miraculous work!
Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” John 4:39 NLT
Can you just imagine the scene? What started as a story of a man asking a woman for water ended up turning into an evangelistic event! Because this woman invited people to meet Jesus, many lives were changed. She didn’t have to know all of the right things to say or do, she simply had to say, “Come and see!” And they did.
We can all find something to invite someone to where they can hear about the Jesus we believe in and live for. You could invite them to church, or a Christian concert or conference. Or you could also invite them to a Bible study or choose a Christian book to study with them. You could introduce them to the YouVersion App, and then begin a Bible Plan together.
There are numerous ways to invite someone to hear the truth and grace about Jesus Christ. Think about the ways you could begin to implement this into your strategy for sharing your faith.