How do you share your faith?

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Think of a friend, a neighbor, a family member, or a coworker who doesn’t have a strong relationship with Jesus. How would you share your faith with them?

Matthew 28:18-20, also known as “The Great Commission,” is a great place to start:

“All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of every nation. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to affirm all I’ve commanded you —and I’ll be with you till the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:18-20

In the original Greek, the phrase “make disciples” is actually an order to “disciple.” This isn’t a suggestion Jesus is making—it’s an urgent, ongoing command, and it’s the focal point of the Great Commission.

Here are 3 ways we can disciple others by applying the Great Commission to our lives:

  1. Go

  2. The original Greek word used for “go” conveys a continual action. It isn’t necessarily a command to leave your job or your home and strike up debates with strangers.

    Instead, this verb is showing that we disciple others by developing relationships with the people we interact with every day—the people at our jobs, in our schools, and even at the grocery store. Basically, Jesus is saying, “as you are going about your lives, train and teach people to follow me.”

    Before continuing, it’s important to point out that “going” doesn’t always mean leaving our country. While Jesus does call His followers to make disciples “of all nations” — Jesus was also talking to Jewish disciples who avoided interacting with other ethnicities. His command would have challenged them to reach out to Roman conquerors, Ethiopan travelers, and Samaritan neighbors in their own city, as well as abroad.

    In other words, Jesus was showing them that Christianity isn’t exclusive to one race, ethnicity, or country—it’s for all people. Always. And the people we interact with every day are usually the people God is urgently asking us to reach.

    So who has God placed around you, and how can you reach out to them today?

    Tip: To help you get started, share an encouraging Verse Image with someone, or ask someone how you can pray for them, and then add their requests to your YouVersion Prayer List.

  3. Baptize

  4. When you think of “baptism,” what comes to mind? If you said “dunking someone in water” —you’re not wrong! But the purpose of baptism is to outwardly express an inward change of heart. It is both a symbolic expression of faith and an act of obedient surrender and repentance, which is why it’s the natural next step someone takes after they make a decision to believe in and follow Christ.

    We can help people decide to take that step by having honest conversations with them about what it means to follow Jesus, responding to their questions about God, and then inviting them to take part in the physical act of baptism.

    Baptism matters because it’s something that Jesus did, and He also commanded His disciples to baptize others. So when we take part in baptism, we are living like Jesus and obeying Him. This public act allows us to identify with Christ’s death and resurrection, repent from the way we used to live, and celebrate the new, eternal life we have because of Jesus’ sacrifice.

    Tip: As you develop relationships with people who might be thinking about getting baptized, here are some questions you can ask them…

    • Do you believe you need Jesus?
    • What does believing in Jesus mean to you?
    • Do you believe that Jesus died for you and rose again?
    • What does following Jesus look like?
    • How have you asked God to forgive you for your past mistakes?
    • Have you invited Jesus into your life?
  5. Teach

  6. Teaching someone is a two-step process: it involves imparting ideas to someone and consistently modeling the things we’re teaching. It doesn’t have to be formal, and according to the Great Commission, it’s often done as we go and baptize.

    The main thing to keep in mind is that we can’t expect people to observe what Jesus has commanded us unless we are also observing His commands ourselves.

    Do we want people to learn about God’s love? Then we need to show God’s love to people. Do we want people to learn about Jesus’ compassion? Then we need to be compassionate. Do we want people to give generously? Then we need to be good stewards of our money. Do we want people to study God’s Word? Then we need to study it for ourselves.

    Model what it means to be a disciple by letting someone come alongside you as you pray, study God’s Word, budget your finances, and live your everyday life.

    Tip: Try inviting someone to complete a Bible Plan with you. Tap the link below to browse Plans.

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Ultimately, our goal isn’t to make people follow Jesus—only God can change someone’s life. But we can live every day with intentionality, look for opportunities to develop relationships with the people around us, and show others what it means to know God and make Him known. Sharing our faith is about sharing our lives, and so as we do that, we will be presented with opportunities to make disciples.

Want to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus?

Here are three Bible passages that can
help you find out.

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What does it mean to be a Christian?

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So you decided to follow Jesus … now what?

We all have an idea of what following Jesus should look like. But if we’re honest with ourselves, our views are often influenced by our cultural values, our politics, our background, and what’s currently going on in the world around us. If we were to strip away those outside influences, what would a follower of Jesus actually look like?

Cultures will change and values will shift, but God’s Word will always reveal what it means to be a Christian.

Today, let’s break down three Bible passages that will help us understand how to follow Jesus. These steps aren’t meant to be a complete list, but they’ll give you an overview of what it means to live like Jesus every day.

Love God

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

MATTHEW 22:36-40

This passage is often called “the Great Commandment” because with it, Jesus succinctly sums up the entire Old Testament Law. And Jesus perfectly demonstrated this commandment when He gave up His life for us.

But before continuing, it’s important to point out that this command contains three parts: loving God, loving others, and loving yourself. These actions are tied together, and only possible if we first let God love us. When we accept God’s love for us, we can then love Him in return and let Him change the way we see ourselves. And when we learn to see ourselves through the lens of God’s love, we start to love others like God loves us. So, if we want to obey this command, then we need to follow Jesus’ example, and seek God like Jesus did:

Jesus intentionally spent time alone with His Father, He talked with God regularly, and He placed God’s will before His own desires.

For us, this might look like setting aside a specific time each day when we devote ourselves to studying God’s Word and to prayer. We can take everything to our heavenly Father. We can share our emotions with Him, ask Him to intervene in our circumstances, and even celebrate our victories with Him. We can also ask Him to show us how we can help bring His kingdom to earth. With God, nothing is off-limits—He wants to spend time with us.

When we prioritize spending time with Him, we begin to understand who He is and what He wants for us. This transforms the way we love ourselves and other people.

And one of the easiest ways to learn what loving others looks like is to break down what love is.


Love Others

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.

1 CORINTHIANS 13:4-8

This passage is a famous definition of love, but it also defines God because God is love. So, when we wonder if our lives are aligning with God’s character, we can use this passage to gauge our actions:

Since God is patient with us, are we patient? Since God forgives us, do we forgive others? Since God doesn’t hold our mistakes against us, do we let go of grudges?

This doesn’t mean we’ll always get it right, but asking ourselves these questions can help us determine if we’re moving toward God or away from Him.

If our thoughts are continuously prideful, if our words are continuously hurtful, if our actions are continuously self-centered, then we’re probably not following Jesus’ command to love God and others. And if we’re not doing that, we may belong to Jesus—but that doesn’t necessarily mean we are following Jesus.

Thankfully, the more we commit to spending time with Jesus, the more we will start to act like Him.


Make Disciples

“All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of every nation. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to affirm all I’ve commanded you —and I’ll be with you till the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:18-20

As Jesus ascended into heaven, He told His followers to disciple others. The original Greek word that’s translated as “make disciples” is matheteuo, which means “to train.”

Jesus isn’t saying, “go and force people to become disciples.” He’s saying, “as you are going about your lives, train and teach people to follow me, just as I have taught you to follow me.”

This might look like developing a relationship with the barista who makes your coffee. It could mean buying someone a meal and letting them know they’re valued. Or, it might look like taking care of your kids and treating them with love and affection.

Whoever God places in front of you, show them what it means to follow Jesus. And in every situation, let your actions be influenced by your love for God and for others.

Which of these steps do you need to focus on this week? Pick one, and ask God to show you how to apply it to your daily life.

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How To Pray for Your Family

Family Week

This week, we shared resources for your family that we hope encouraged and inspired you. But this is only the beginning. As you continue to faithfully show up and show love, God will do infinitely more in your family than all that you can ask, hope, or imagine.

To help encourage you as you continue to lead your family, we’ve created four prayers for families. Pick a prayer that relates to your situation, pray it over your relationships, and save it to your Prayer List in the Bible App.

Pray now:

A Prayer for Families with Young Children

God, children are a gift from You, but raising them is still hard. So when I feel exhausted and weary, please remind me that You are with me. And when I feel overwhelmed, please give me the strength to endure every situation I face. You have called me to parenthood, so please protect my family, and help me to raise my children well. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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A Prayer for Families with Teenagers

God, show me how to love my teenagers the way You do. As they start to become more independent, give me discernment. And as they navigate big emotions, help me to be sensitive to their feelings and wise with my responses. Shape them into the people You’ve created them to be and, as You do that, please guard their hearts. Let their identity remain rooted and grounded in You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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A Prayer for Families with Adult Children

God, give me wisdom when navigating relationships with my adult children. Before I speak, let me first pause and listen to them. And when I want to fix their problems, let me first call out to You. Protect, establish, and help these adults become the people You’ve called them to be. And as You do that, show me how to meet them where they are. I trust You, and I entrust my children to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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A Prayer for Blended Families

God, You know exactly what our family needs in order to thrive. You understand how hard it is to combine two families, but You also know how rewarding it can be. As we figure out how to lead this family together, please protect our marriage, and help us create meaningful bonds with all our children. Guide us and protect us, and draw us closer to You—and to each other. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Resources for Your Family

Family Week

Every day, you are faced with new opportunities to lead your family spiritually through intentional conversations and activities.

This isn’t always easy, but your commitment to your family’s spiritual growth will have a lasting impact. And as you faithfully pour into the lives of the people you love, we want to pour into you.

Here are some resources we’ve created that you can turn to for encouragement and support.

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How to Discover God’s Will

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What does God want you to do with your life? Maybe you have an idea of what He is calling you to, but you’d like confirmation. Maybe you’re not sure what God’s will is … or maybe, you’re still trying to figure out what a personal relationship with God should look like.

Ultimately, the only way to know God’s will is by spending time getting to know Him. It’s through drawing near to God that His guidance becomes evident. So, how do we do that?

There isn’t one correct way—but there are steps we can take that help.

Here are 4 steps to help you discover God’s will:

Seek God through Prayer

Think about a recent conversation with a close friend. If you’ve known them for a while, you probably know what they like and dislike without asking because the closer you are to someone, the more you understand them.

The same goes for our relationship with God. Knowing God’s will comes from having honest conversations with Him. That’s why we need to get into the habit of talking to Him regularly, about everything.

Prayer isn’t just about asking God what He wants us to do—it’s about getting to know who God is.

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Search the Scriptures

God’s will for your life will never contradict what is written in Scripture. So as you get to know God through prayer, familiarize yourself with His Word.

The more you study the Bible, the more your desires will begin to reflect God’s will. And when this happens, you can confidently ask God anything—and He will hear you.

If you’re not sure where to start studying, here are a few Bible Plans that can help:


Listen to the Holy Spirit

Listening for the Holy Spirit often requires silencing the noise around you. When you get rid of distractions and stop fixating on fearful feelings, you can start to notice God’s peaceful presence in your present circumstances.

So as you pray and search the Scriptures, ask God to reveal any feelings you need to surrender, and any others you need to give special attention. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you through this process, and keep this in mind: you can feel uncertain and still experience God’s peace.

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Look for confirmation from wise people

The final say on what God’s will is should come from God, but it’s wise to seek trusted, outside advice. Consider inviting several people who are further ahead in their faith journey to be your “wise counsel.” Ask them to seek God’s will for your life with you.

This step must be done alongside the previous ones. Seeking wise advice should confirm what you sense God is already telling you to do—it should not take the place of talking directly to God.

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Now what?

You may not always get it right, but the more you try to understand God’s will, the easier it becomes. God created you on purpose, and He wants you to be involved in seeing His Kingdom come “on earth as it is in heaven.”

When your desires align with God’s desires, He can trust you to do what is right. Applying these steps will help you do that, but this will be a lifelong commitment that involves seeking God every day.

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