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As you begin to realize the peace and joy which are yours as a result of your life-changing experience with Christ, you will want to share the good news with others. This is in perfect harmony with Christ's plan for evangelizing the world.

In the beginning, He chose twelve men, known as disciples, to start spreading the good news of the plan of salvation. A ripple effect began which has continued with the blessing of the Holy Spirit for two thousand years. You heard about the power of Christ to change your life because someone told someone who told someone else, and on and on it has gone.

Now it is your responsibility and privilege to tell other people about what Christ has done in your life. These opportunities for sharing will come in the home among members of your own family, on the job with your fellow workers, and in the community among your social contacts. This desire to share your new-found status as a baby Christian is how we get the term Evangelical.

Evangelical: Any religious activity with an emphasis on encouraging others to accept Jesus Christ.

As you talk to other people about what Christ has done for you, remember these common-sense rules:

  1. Be Relaxed. Don't try to overpower your friend with a lot of heavy-handed religious talk. Speak in a conversational tone, use an everyday vocabulary, and be yourself.

  2. Be Logical. Learn the basic concepts of the plan of salvation and present them in a matter-of-fact manner. Back up the authority of what you say with the authority of what the Bible says. If necessary, illustrate the Bible's scientific accuracy and internal validity.

  3. Be Prayerful. At this point you have had relatively little opportunity to observe the Holy Spirit at work. The Holy Spirit is the presence of Jesus Christ among men. He can help you explain your feelings about salvation and help your friend understand your explanation. In a conscious act, mentally ask God to cause His presence to settle down over the two of you as you talk. This will greatly multiply your powers of explanation and persuasion and his/her power of comprehension.

  4. Be Tactful. Don't give the impression that you are suddenly holier than the average man on the street. Share the truth concerning Jesus Christ as you would a good investment tip, a good recipe, a great fishing spot, or an inexpensive vacation. Remind yourself that you are not better than your friend. You are just better off.

Babies grow up and have babies. This has been the story of human race since Adam and Eve. This is also the way the family of God grows. In the language of a contemporary Christian song of the 70s, every Christian has the responsibility to Pass It On. If you are able to win a relative or friend to Christ while still quite young spiritually, you can have the fun of growing up together as baby Christians. More importantly, your convert will be able to win other people to Christ. In this way, the gentle miracle of evangelical Christianity will continue and you'll be a part of it.

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