Sharing The Gospel With Family

Perhaps the greatest witnessing opportunity that we will ever have is sharing the gospel with our Families!

But how do you effectively share the gospel message (salvation in Jesus Christ) with your family members (both near and far).  I would recommend this link you can view it by clicking The 1 Person a Year Plan.

Fact: You have an advantage.

  • Your family will be more likely to listen to the message of salvation from you rather than a stranger or a television evangelist.
  • They are easier to reach than people you do not know.
  • They are more likely to attend a Church service/event if they are invited by you rather than a stranger.
  • They are open to accept DVD’s, CD’s or books about salvation from you.
  • You generally have access to them so you can build relationships and trust.  You have a God given opportunity of reaching them for Jesus Christ.

The family is very important to God the Father; He established the family to always be together (eternally). God desired the family never to be separated but to coexist together in love. Separation came when sin and death entered the world through mans disobedience and the resulting fall (Gen 3).

Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ

And not only so, but we also joy in God (rejoice in His love and perfection) through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement (our reconciliation). Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men (no one being able to stop it or to escape its power), for that all have sinned. Romans 5:11-13 (KJV)

For the first time families faced the pain of eventual separation through physical death caused by the curse of sin.

Jesus Christ the Messiah came, He bore our grief and carried our sorrows on the Cross and took deaths sting away (Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isa 53:4 (KJV)

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 1Corinthians 15:55-56 (KJV)

Jesus through His finished redeeming work restored the very real prospect of eternal unity with our family members in Heaven.

The only way to achieve this eternal restoration of family unity is through each individual member of the family unit accepting salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. Then and only then can we be confident that we will be together again at last in eternity with our families.

Father God cares for the family:

The LORD then said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. Genesis 7:1 (KJV)

Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:29-31 (KJV)

Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread. Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Passover.  And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. Exodus 12:20-22 (KJV)

Jesus Christ the Passover Lamb slain for our salvation, the salvation of our families. Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain (who was sacrificed in our place) to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Revelations 5:12 (KJV)

When it comes to your family do not loss your sense of urgency Remember Hell is the final destination of everyone who does not find salvation and eternity is a long time. We have to explain that rejecting Jesus is the only unforgivable sin. Focus all your witnessing on the importance of the message of the Cross: For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and him crucified.

Jesus said “Go home to your friends and tell them how great things the Lord has done for you and has had compassion on you.” Mark 5:19 (KJV).

In the case of this unfortunate individual he was possessed by a legion of evil spirits (5000), they had driven this man to violent madness. He was living among the tombs day and night and caused fear to all who lived in that area. The authorities had become involved and had somehow had him bound with fetters and chains, but due to the demonic possession he was able to break the chains and smash off the fetters. I assume many religious people had tried to free this man but all had failed due to how violent and resistant the evil spirits were to realising their captive. What was left of this mans mind drove him to fight as best he could. He would run in the mountains by day and night crying and howling and cutting himself and torturing his body.

Jesus Christ came to him and commanded the evil spirits to  “Come out of him.”  Immediately the man was healed and fell down at Jesus’ feet. He received freedom from the control of the filthy demons and peace of mind for the first time in years.  He was no longer a mad driven individual, but a free man with restored integrity and deep appreciation for what the Lord had done.

After receiving this great salvation and deliverance (through Jesus Christ) he responds in gratitude by saying:

 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. Jesus did not let him, but said, Go home to your own people (family and relatives and friends)and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.”  So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis (the region of the ten cities) how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. Mark 5:18-20 (KJV).

He became one of the first evangelists going first to his home (family) and his friends and then to the wider community.

Remember this important fact: Christianity should never separate us from our families but should help us to love and care for them in this life. It should also be our first priority in sharing what Jesus Christ has done for us. True Christianity always pushes us towards our families in the hope that they to might find salvation in this life and eternal salvation in the life after. Avoid at all costs becoming to busy with other things, even Christian things that separate you from spending time with your family. Love them, care for them, reach out to them in humility of heart and do not be harsh judging them. Always remember what the Lord has done for you and how He has had compassion on your life. True Christianity never makes a person say to their family you are no longer my relative, God forbids it!

But how do I effectively reach my family with the message of salvation?

Tell your family your own personal experience of salvation (your testimony)

At first try witnessing to someone in your family you know will be positive and supportive. Tell them your own personal experiences of Salvation. When you share your story of how God has saved you and worked a miracle in your life they will be very interested. Include information about how the Lord has blessed and encouraged you or even healed your body or mind. Explain that you’re still growing and you still make mistakes but Jesus has given you peace and grace, you can pray and get answers. Your family cannot argue or debate your personal experience (testimony). When you share what’s happened in your life you go beyond mere knowledge into the realm of relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Remember be firm in the salvation you have received in Jesus Christ. Tell your family about your experience but do not let negative talk or bad reactions stop you sharing. It takes time for them to adjust and realise you are Christian and you have a message to share.  If they are from a different religion don’t worry, continue to love them but be firm and share the message of salvation found only in Jesus Christ with them.

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Simple Steps to sharing you Testimony (you can write it down if you like)

  1. Before you became a Christian (came into relationship with Jesus Christ): Simply tell what your life was like before you came to Jesus and do not dwell on all your dirty sins (you can share some things only if you think it will help a family member to accept Christ). What were you searching for before you became a Christian.  How did you try to satisfy the needs of your heart? (For examples loneliness, fear of death, insecurity. Possible ways to fill those needs include work, money, drink or drugs, relationships, sports.)
  2. How you came to the point where you received salvation. Explain the events that lead you into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Take time to identify the steps that brought you to the point of trusting Christ. Where were you? What was happening at the time? Explain that you new you did not know Jesus and that your life was sinful, that your very nature was to sin and that you had broken Gods laws (have a few examples of broken laws). What people or problems influenced your decision? Again always focus on what Jesus did on the Cross, His sacrifice and His provision of salvation by grace. That you realised the only way to be right with God the Father was through salvation in Jesus Christ.
  3. How has your life changed since you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour.  Explain some of the differences in your life now you are a Christian. Explain how being forgiven has impacted you? Tell them how your attitudes, thoughts and emotions changed. Share how Jesus Christ is meeting your needs and what a relationship with Him means to you now.

Try not to preach at them, don’t try to share a clever message you have heard recently, or get into arguments about religion. Share your heart in humility and love; tell them what wonderful things God has done for you, that you didn’t deserve or earn it, it was by His grace. Your family are interested in hearing what’s happening in your life because they love you. They are interested in your story because you are part of them. It might not seem like a fantastic testimony to you but God considers it great.

So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis (the region of the ten cities) how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.

The Lord requires us to have compassion and share the message of salvation with all our family members.  We are required to tell how much Jesus has done for us.

I find it so difficult to talk about Jesus and the salvation He alone can give. What can I do to over come this?

  • Give your family DVD’s about people who have come to salvation in Jesus Christ, this is a non threatening way of sharing with them.
  • Give them DVD’s, CD’s, Books or tracts.  These kind of resources can have a massive impact on your family members. Try watching relevant DVD’s with them.
  • Write your own testimony, type it up and print it out in a booklet format and put your photograph on the front. Make it short and fill it with relevant scriptures (loads on this website). Include the prayer of salvation.  This type of tract always has a great impact.
  • Visit your family, if you have a large family follow the 1 Person a Year Plan this will help you reach them all.
  • Try to share the message with each one individually

  • If you are confident, host a family reunion and invite family members to a meal. Share a film followed by your personal testimony (given in grace and love). Perhaps your Church can host the event and be involved. If you do not have these facilities available at Church invite church members and seat them with your family to share and converse in a non threatening way (Hotel function rooms are good for this type of outreach).  Have a very well selected tract to give them that will not offend them.
  • Host a family day in the summer months -barbecues, bouncy castle and of course a meal.  Make time at the meal to share your testimony.
  • If you have elderly relatives visit them as regularly as possible (us a rota system). Keep in close relationship with them and witness whenever possible. If they do not pray with you for salvation be patient and continue to love them.

There are so many different themed days you can use to host a family event.

Testimony time

I visited my grandfather who was bed ridden on a number of occasions.  One day I shared the message of salvation with him. He received Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour! One week later he died in his sleep.

My wife and I visited my aunt who was in hospital having treatment for cancer, we shared the message of salvation in Jesus Christ and she prayed and accepted Jesus as Lord and saviour, she immediately got baptised in the Holy Spirit (even though we had not shared on this) and began praying in tongues (she had no previous knowledge about spiritual gifts).  The following day a surgical procedure went wrong and her jugular vein was cut resulting in significant blood loss. She died in her husbands arms following a heart attack the next day, but she died saved and closed her eyes in this life and opened them with Jesus in the next. 

Pray for your families

Some people think the most powerful thing on earth is money but they are wrong, there is nothing more powerful than prayer.  Prayer changes things including hard hearts. Pray and spend some time with the Father God, ask for the salvation of all your family members, you’re grand parents, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and all your extended family. It is Father God’s pleasure to answer with an Amen!

Make sure that you really cry out to Father God in prayer asking for every member to be drawn into salvation.  Pray and ask for the blind spiritual eyes to be opened to His saving grace. Pray and intercede for all your loved ones because you just might be the only one praying for them, you might be the only one prepared to share the message of salvation with them.

You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. John 15:16 (KJV)

Jesus said “No” go to your home, go to your friends and tell them about ME, what I the Lord have done for you and how I have had compassion on you.”

Charles H. Spurgeon

“Pray, Brothers and Sisters, pray! Pray much that the Lord may go before to prepare the hearers, but equally that He may go before to prepare the preachers.”

“I think I heard a friend over there fetch a deep sigh as I quoted those last words of my text. I know what it meant—it meant that he has not all his house converted. Ah, dear Brother, I cannot sympathize with you by experience, for I thank God that I have had all my house brought to Christ, but it must be a great sorrow to have that biggest boy of yours acting as he does, or to have that dear girl, of whom you had such bright hopes, turning aside to crooked ways! Let me ask you a question—Have you had faith about your house? Remember that Paul said to the jailor, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house.” May God give you faith about your house! You have had faith about yourself and you are saved—exercise faith about your children! Cry to God to give you faith about them! Pray believingly that they may be led to have faith for themselves and so may be saved.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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