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    Talking to the people around us about our faith can be a real challenge. In this entry, Tom Oakley, a Computer Science student at Brunel, offers some encouragement on being confident in Jesus and sharing the gospel.

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    How was your weekend?” - a pretty harmless question most of the time. “Oh, y’know, not much, went to the pub on Saturday, football, blah blah blah”. However, as Christians, we also spend a significant portion of our Sunday mornings/afternoons/evenings in a room with others, worshipping our Saviour and learning more about Him. And yet, we don’t often include that in our weekend summary. In general, Christian’s are pretty bad at casually working faith into conversation, but why is that? We have the knowledge of the best gift we could ever give to people - eternal life, but, for fear of rejection or being laughed at, we keep it to ourselves.

    Many people think of “evangelism” of a scary thing to do, talking to strangers about Jesus. But it doesn’t have to be! One of the best ways of evangelising is simply telling your friends you went to church on Sunday, went to CU on Tuesday or Life Group on a Wednesday. When you see your flat-mate in the kitchen while making your dinner before CU, and they ask what you’re doing that evening, just say you’re going to the Christian Union, or Life Group, or whatever. It may not start a conversation straight away, but if they know that you’re a Christian, if they have any questions they’re more likely to come to you.

    I was at the pub after a CU meeting one Tuesday, and while waiting at the bar to order a drink, a guy turned to me and said “so who are you here with?” to which I answered “oh, the CU”, and pointed to our group. He then started saying how he’d always wanted to know more about the CU, how he could get involved and what we do in a typical meeting. While it wasn’t exactly the easiest thing I could have said (“just some friends” would have been a lot simpler), I am so thankful I did, because it started up a fantastic conversation.

    I used to be absolutely useless at doing this, and I still am at times. There are multiple occasions when my course-mate asks me what I did over the weekend and I just clam up and say “uh, not much”, but I’m getting better (or God is helping me be more confident). Also, there are things you can do without talking as well:

    * Listening to Christian music with your door open
    * Wear t-shirts/jumpers proclaiming your faith
    * Have wallpapers on your phone/computer with Bible verses or similar (I have made a few of these, available at http://tomoakley.me/blog/desktop-images-with-bible-verses/)
    * Have the Bible app on the home screen of your phone, and the Verse of Today on your Widget screen (if you’re an iPhone user, unsure about Android)

    While these are nowhere near as good as actually talking to people, they can still create conversation.

    Remember - God wants us to talk to people about His gift. Ask Him to open up opportunities to share His name with people - I guarantee they will start appearing, and while you might not take every one, or they won’t all turn out the way you hoped, some will and they will be amazing.

    Lastly - as many of these other blog posts have said - get involved! Church, Life Group, CU; things will be so much easier if you’re confident that you know what you’re talking about. There will be people there who have different skills to your and find it incredibly easy to share Jesus. Hang around with them - their passion is infectious and it will rub off on you!

    For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16

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