Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Sharing Christ on Your Web Site

"You are light for the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand. Then its light shines on everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16, GW)

You are a light in the darkness of the world - not just at church but everywhere you go. When we fully ponder the implications of Christ's words, the ramifications are astounding. He's suggesting that we should let his love shine through us and share our faith at every possible opportunity.

Have you considered adding a statement of faith or "steps to becoming a Christian" on your web site? Whether you're a church, business or individual Christian, take a moment to pray about adding witnessing verbiage to your site. Perhaps you believe your site is only visited by Christians. The reality is that you may receive hundreds, perhaps many thousands of hits from individuals who know little about Christ. Seize this amazing opportunity to tell others what it means to be a Christian and how they can become one.

An Effective Way to Evangelize Online:
Share Your Personal Testimony

If you already have a web site, simply consider adding a page (with even a banner on the main page) that outlines what you believe (AKA your testimonial) and how someone can become a Christian as well. Important: Your personal testimony is the most non-threatening way you can introduce Christ to someone else. Don't feel intimidated. Writing your testimony is a snap. Simply answer these questions in your own words:

1. Who are you? (tell a little about your background, what you like & who you are so people can relate to you)

2. What made you interested in becoming a Christian? (even if you were raised in a Christian home, think back to what interested you in Christ - a family role model, a Sunday School lesson, scripture verses at the dinner table) Did you lead a rough life before becoming a Christian? (help others understand God's grace in your life)

3. When did you become a Christian? Who led you to Christ? What was the experience like? (calm the fears someone may have) Where were you?

4. What has it been like to be a Christian? (it's OK to say you've had ups & downs) How has following Jesus changed your life? How have you felt God's presence in your life?

5. Would you make a decision to become a Christian again? Why? (perhaps this seems obvious to you, but it isn't to everyone else! Share why this was the best decision of your life.)

That's it. You don't have to have a dramatic, jaw-dropping story to change someone's life. You're there to share your story with others. As they feel a connection to what you're saying, the Holy Spirit will move in their hearts.

Important: Tell them what to do if they want to become a Christian. That's next in this article.

Helping Others Make a Decision

Frankly, a lot of people really don't know what it means to "accept Christ" and "follow Him." These are church terms that are foreign to non-Christians. Here are some great resources to link to (or you can paraphrase) to help lead someone through the steps to become a Christian:


  • Share with Friends - (created by one of our team members at Christian Imprints / Square 1 Marketing) Step-by-step online guide for anyone to understand who God is, why He sent Christ to die for our sins and how to become a Christian.
    >> Main Site: www.sharewithfriends.com
    >> Free Online Workbook: http://www.sharewithfriends.com/seekinggod.htm
  • Billy Graham Organization's Steps to Peace - Easy-to-understand description of how to become a Christian; also includes links for spiritual help on topics such as Christianity, crisis situations, relationships and more.
    >> Link to: http://www.billygraham.org/SH_StepsToPeace.asp
  • Living Waters: Are you a good person test - A question-and-answer approach using the 1- commandments to explain our separation from God.
    >> Link to: http://www.livingwaters.com/good/
  • Southern Baptist Convention: How to become a Christian - Straightforward explanation; similar to Billy Graham's site.
    >> Link to: http://www.sbc.net/knowjesus/theplan.asp
  • DigiTracts: The Roman Road - Uses the timeless Christian illustration of a Roman Road (the Book of Romans) to lead someone on the "path" to Christ.
    >> Link to: http://www.fishthe.net/digitracts/roman.htm
Additional Help

The team at Christian Imprints is particularly fond of the Web Evangelism Bulletin published by GospelCom.Net. It's a bi-monthly e-mail newsletter.

Check it out at:
http://www.gospelcom.net/guide/resources/bulletin.php

And, feel free to contact us with questions about how to implement a Christian evangelism on your web site by e-mailing us at info@square1marketing.com. We're here to help!

Love in Christ,
Jen

Editor, Christian Outreach & Evangelism Ideas
Christian Imprints, a division of Square 1 Marketing, LLC
Your source for custom imprinted Christian evangelism tools
www.christianimprints.com

E-mail: info@square1marketing.com




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