Your Faith & the Workplace (Chapter 10 - Ministry in Word)

Christians should use both their actions and words to share the Gospel.

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." -Proverbs 16:3

Our "why" for everything is to commit "whatever you do" to God.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church's Center for Faith and Work conducted a survey of working believers from around the country and found that only 6% had shared their faith at work.

For the month of June, we're going to share 3 tips that the apostle Peter gives us to better share our faith.

Over the next 3 weeks we're going to be breaking down 1 Peter 3:15 and sharing tips to better share our faith. The first part is the very beginning of the verse: "Always be prepared".

When sharing your faith, you shouldn't try to force the conversion. Let it occur organically. However, with that, you need to make sure you're prepared to respond when faith-based conversations arise. How can you do this? By going to church, studying the Bible, praying, being a part of small groups, etc. You might not know what conversations will come up, but if you're working on your own relationship with God, you'll be better prepared for these organic interactions.

There still might be times where someone will ask a question that you don't quite know, and that's okay! If this happens, just be honest with them. Let them know that you'll look into it and get back to them with the answer.

What are you going to do this week to help you prepare to share your faith?

Last week, the tip was to always be prepared to share your faith. This week, we're looking at the next part of 1 Peter 3:15 "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason FOR THE HOPE THAT YOU HAVE. But do this with gentleness and respect." (Emphasis added)

This week's tip for how to better share your faith is to simply talk about what God has done in your life. There's no need to argue or try to convince someone to have a relationship with God. Focus on talking about the impact God has made in YOUR life.

We have this incredible hope because of Christ, and we should want to share it with others. Check out this video, "Beauty out of Brokenness" as John and Ashley Marsh share the hard parts of their life and how their company strives to share this hope into every environment:

The final tip we're going to pull from 1 Peter 3:15 for sharing your faith is, build the relationship first. "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS AND RESPECT." (emphasis added)

Why should you focus on first building a relationship with someone? People are more receptive to information when they know the person. As you begin to share your faith, remember to do so with gentleness and respect. You shouldn't go into it wanting to attack or judge someone who isn't a believer.

As we wrap up this "Faith Driven Entrepreneur" book study, we want to leave you with the overarching theme of the whole book – EVERY Christian is called to ministry. You read that right. EVERY Christian is called to ministry. This isn't talking about vocational ministry per se, but Christians are called to leverage their lives for the great commission.

If you're a Christian, it's no longer a question of if your work should be leveraged for God's mission. Instead, it's a question of how?

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Courtney is SEM's Marketing Manager. She joined SEM full-time in 2016. Outside of SEM, Courtney enjoys hiking with her golden retriever, Mya and volunteering at LifePointe Christian Church.