When it comes to sharing my faith, I find an awful lot of guidance in the words attributed to that 12th-century monk, St. Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel always. Use words when necessary.”
St. Francis was not the first Christian to express such an idea. James says in his letter in the New Testament, “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith” (2:17-18). Essentially, James is saying that the only way to really share one’s faith in Christ is by works of kindness, charity and hospitality.
It has been popular in some traditions of Christianity to share one’s faith by handing out gospel tracts, preaching from soap boxes on street corners or in crowded spaces, or to invite non-believing friends to church services where sermons were often emotionally-charged exhortations about the afterlife.
Today, people are seeking relationships craving community. They need people of faith who actually live out their faith daily in service to their neighbors.
In short, the way to share your faith with others is to actually practice your faith, and for Christians, that means loving God and your neighbor as yourself through actions of service in love.
Chris Thomas, First Baptist Church of Williams
Share faith through practice and prayer
We are passing through difficult times with respect to faith and religion. There have been oppositions to religion in the past, but religion has never been victimized the way it is by today’s media, a monster propaganda machine that presents religion as a source of wars, disturbance and hatred.
I believe the best way to share our faith with others is to believe strongly in our religion — a pure, divine message and faith in God is above any doubts — and to practice what we believe. Being Muslim, I know the most important practice is prayer, which is required of every adult Muslim five times a day. Islam is a religion of prayer. A Muslim has to pray when prayer times come, whether he or she is at work, home, school, traveling or shopping.
I have prayed in rest areas, parking lots, coffee shops — I have even prayed in churches of another religion. Dealing with people in accordance with your religion is practical way of sharing your faith with others. The social values of our religion are also an effective way of sharing our faith. So the key ways to share faith are through faith as well as practice, dealings and socialization.
Muhammad Haq, Anniston Islamic Center