Understand the five Contagious Faith Styles—Friendship-Building, Selfless-Serving, Story-Sharing, Reason-Giving, and Truth-Telling—and discover which of these approaches (or combination of them) will enable you to naturally share your faith in Jesus with the people around you.
In Matthew 28:18–20, Jesus looked at his disciples—and through them at us—and told them to go into their world and make more disciples. Many of us reflexively respond, “This isn’t for me. It’s not my gift. It’s not my personality. I just want to be an ordinary Christian.” But we can all develop a contagious faith by operating in our primary style.
Through Friendship-Building and Selfless-Serving, we can reach people who may seem closed spiritually, but are open relationally. People need people, and friends listen to friends. A high percentage of people come to Christ primarily through the influence of a close friend or family member who selflessly meets their needs and demonstrates to them they are loved.
When Paul stood before hostile audiences, he shared his personal testimony every time. No persuasive technique will ever take the place of your Story-Sharing. The skeptic may deny your doctrine or attack your church but he cannot honestly ignore the fact that your life has been changed.
As people experience growing levels of confusion about spiritual matters and they raise increasing numbers of objections to the Christian faith, we’ll need more and more of us to be prepared in the Reason-Giving style of evangelism so we can offer evidence and reasons for what we believe.
We live in a noncommittal culture. People are simply more hesitant to sign on to things—especially if there’s a long-term pledge involved. Welcome to a world of fence-sitters. That’s why we need Truth-Tellers: people who will get to the point, explain the message of the gospel, and nudge their listeners to make a decision.
It's great that you’ve discovered your main Contagious Faith Style, but your style isn’t going to fit every situation. There are three main solutions: Partner with others who have different styles; sometimes you’ll need to stretch—to go out of your comfort zone and let God use you anyway; rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower you.