How can I overcome being nervous about talking about the Bible?

How can I overcome being nervous about witnessing?

Unfortunately, many face nervousness when seeking to witness for the Lord. Feelings of inadequacy, a lack of Bible knowledge, and the fear of man can hinder some from sharing the gospel in a calm and collected manner.

Keeping three things in mind helps overcome this difficulty: 1. All without Christ are lost and in danger of perishing eternally; therefore view people with compassion as did the Lord, seeing them as sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36); 2. Interest individuals in God's Word and make the Bible the basis of your beliefs and discussion (1 Peter 3:15); 3. Rely on the Holy Spirit to work through you as you share the greatest message in the world (Acts 1:8).

The Scriptures illustrate many interesting ways to initiate conversations about spiritual things. The Lord spoke about the new birth after Nicodemus opened the door by mentioning miracles (John 3). In the next chapter with the woman at the well, the Lord used the subject of water to lead into a conversation about true satisfaction.

Be constantly alert for openings to speak for Christ and do it in His strength (Philippians 4:13).

B. Funston