Intro note: If you are reading this and you aren’t a member of Coastline, Bible Church this list was put together for an all church class reaching your OIKOS. OIKOS is a Greek word that means all those we are in contact with, our family, friends, those we do business with–these are the people we do life with and the ones who it is easiest to share our faith with. We’ve been greatly inspired with a series of classes that gave us the Bible background and basis for OIKOS. This list of links will give you some practical lots of practical training in how to witness and grow in your faith.
You never know when you might have the opportunity to share your faith with those in your OIKOS, either in how to become a Christian, how we are supposed to live once we become a Christian, or how you can grow to maturity in your Christian faith.
The better equipped you are, the more naturally you can share your faith. If you are fearful that someone will ask something you don’t know it can be scary to even think about sharing. But if you have had your questions answered and you are solid and sure in your faith, you’ll more naturally want to share with others.
I’ve added some personal notes to the entries. There wasn’t room for all of them on the handout given out in class.
Click on the the link in the list that you’ll find after this (it is quite long–lots of resources) and the link will take you directly to the sites.
Resources for How to Share your faith
Billy Graham Evangelism Resources
The above links are part of his new “Touch One Life” campaign—a great challenge for our OIKOS and will give you training and ideas for reaching people in your life for Jesus.
The Evangelism Coach
The site description is: “Practical how-to advice for pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders on personal evangelism and church hospitality.”
I know the gentleman who does this site and he really walks his talk—he is a missionary, pastor, evangelist. He has lots of good training, links on his site. He also has online training courses in how to share your faith. Think about taking his online course. Below are two of his link lists to help you be a better evangelist—he has lots of really good information—come back to this site often and check it out.
http://www.evangelismcoach.org/personal-evangelism-collection/ Great list of articles.
http://www.evangelismcoach.org/books/ great list of books on evangelism
The Navigators: training in evangelism and discipleship
Navigator ministry site—the Navigator ministry has been teaching people how to become effective disciples of Jesus Christ and to share their faith effectively for a long time. This is the ministry that I was involved in during college. They are one of the BEST resources anywhere to help you with the fundamentals of the Christian faith: how to mature as a Christian, how to share your faith and how to be a disciple.
This page has the Bridge Illustration, which is an easy and clear way to present the gospel.
Many key illustrations to help people become mature disciples are on this page. The illustrations are simple and easy to share, but can help you significantly in discipleship growth. The Wheel Illustration, which is a way in class that I’ve shared on how to live a balanced Christian life is one of them.
This is an incredible library of MP3 audio files from the last 50 years of Navigator speakers. You can hear many of the people who trained me (though with the Lord, now, it is great to hear them again) and blessed my life for many years. I thought about giving you recommendations, but all ones I have listened to have been helpful
Internet Evangelism Day—and for all year
This is a fascinating site put together by a man in England who has ties to internet evangelism articles, videos and every imaginable kind of resource. I’ve known the head of this site for over 20 years and he is one of the most faithful and passionate people I’ve ever known for sharing the Christian faith online. The site has so many parts. If you want to learn how to share online, how to make an effective website or many ways to share your faith with contemporary audiences, this site has the resources. His newsletter is also worth signing up for–he has resources from all over the world that he recommends to, links to and shares. Below is one example of a practical evangelism strategy link. This article is about how to find “life-links” with people as ways to share your faith.
Hollywood Jesus—great OIKOS conversation starters
This is a fun site that will give you a Christian viewpoint of current movies media, video games, sports, books, culture in general lead by a really cool guy, David Bruce. Here is how they describe themselves: “Hollywood Jesus doesn’t cater to the Christian worldview. It introduces non-Christians to it, and in a way that’s also appealing to many Christians.” This is not a super-conservative site for parents, but a site about multi-media that will give you insight, ideas and conversation starters for interactions with people exploring the Christian faith.
Websites for those exploring the Christian faith—these are ones you can share with people
Videos and books that explore the Christian faith from Lee Strobel
Lee Strobel, a former atheist and news reporter, has one of the clearest minds and writing styles around today in his presentation of the reasons why the Christian faith is credible. This site has a great collection of videos that answer many questions about the Christian faith, many presented as interviews.
Christian Research Institute
This is the website of the Christian Research Institute and Hank Hanegraff, the Bible Answer Man. It has many resources that answer questions about the Christian faith and other religions in-depth. Excellent books and resources are also available on the site. You can also listen to the Bible Answerman radio program from the site. I highly recommend this program for anyone exploring the Christian and for the Christian who wants to grow in their ability to answer questions about the faith. I strongly recommend that you spend time on this site looking up your questions, making notes and being prepared for when you are asked questions. Even if you aren’t asked, you’ll be stronger and more confident in your faith.
Ten Reasons to Believe
An excellent site to explore the Christian faith in detail. Contains a number of lists including: Ten reasons to believe in life after death, Ten reasons to believe in Christ rather than religion, Ten reasons to believe in the Bible
Who is Jesus?
Lots of questions answered here about Jesus. Really well done—one of the best to give to a non-Christian friend. This would be a good site to give to a friend who is curious about the Christian faith and then to discuss it later. Or you could look at it together–that would be even better.
Campus Crusade for Christ
Lots of information for those exploring the Christian life and for those who want to live it.
Questioning Faith list of links
Great list of topics/questions of all sorts about the Christian faith with links to answers.
As it name says this site provides answers to many questions, both basic and more advanced about the Christian faith. For really indepth answers, www.equip.org is much better, but for quick overviews this site is useful. To be honest I am not totally in agreement with some of the theological viewpoints on the site, if you have questions, contact me. However, most of the information is quite useful, so press ahead!
Websites for those wanting to grow in the Christian faith
For Bible reading, study
I can’t recommend this site enough—you can get read-through the Bible programs on it and so much more, it links to commentaries, devotions, hymns, challenging quotes
Ten Action Steps for a New Christian
A simple, yet vitally important list of the actions important for a new Christian, with clear explanations. PLEASE, PLEASE before you lead someone to the Lord KNOW that you are responsible for what you have done. You have to raise that new baby in the Lord. New Christians need to learn assurance of their salvation, how to have a daily time in the Word, how to ask for forgiveness, how to have victory over sin, how to pray–and these are just the basics. The church body can help, but as a spiritual parent, you are primarily responsible.
Christian Research Institute
I’m listing this website again because it is also one of the best resources for Christian growth. This is the website of the Christian Research Institute and Hank Hanegraff, the Bible Answer Man. It has many resources that answer questions about the Christian faith and other religions in-depth. Excellent books and resources are also available on the site. You can also listen to the Bible Answerman radio program from the site. I highly recommend this program for anyone exploring the Christian and for the Christian who wants to grow in their ability to answer questions
about the faith.
The Blue Letter Bible
A classic site of free Bible study tools: commentaries, maps, all sorts of study guides. This is wonderful resource for personal Bible study. From individual verses you can click on concordance and commentaries related to the verse.
Our Daily Bread
A wonderful daily devotional for both new and more mature Christians. This is also a good one to give people who are considering the Christian faith–it isn’t terribly heavy in theology.
Radio Bible Class Ministries
There are a wealth of resources on this site for growing in your Christian life. There are Bible reading plans, articles on finding a church, answers to many questions people have about the Christian faith.
Into Thy Word
A wonderful site that will teach you how to study the Bible, lots of great Bible study articles, fantastic links on their Bible Study Tools page, lots of great information. Highly recommended.
A very fun site and educational site. This site contains the links to many Christian radio stations. You can listen to your favorite radio preachers live here and can download messages.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library
This site contains the digital copies of many of the great classics of the Christian faith. It also has online book study groups and lots of other resources for in-depth, Christian study.
The Bible Gateway
Look up any version of the Bible, in many languages and copy and paste it into your studies or to read later. Also has a link to audio Bibles.
This is just the start
There are so many resources online to help you both share your faith and to help you grow as a disciple of Jesus. It is an incredible time to Jesus follower and I pray you will all take the time to explore the ways to grow and share your faith.
I want to add additional resources from time to time, please email me if you have some you especially enjoy. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.