Share Jesus Without Fear
Submitted to Dr. Jeddy Kaleli
In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Course
25 March 2010
Fay, William, and Linda Evans Shepherd. Share Jesus Without Fear. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 1999.
The author of this book, William Fay, has a very interesting past. He was once the “president and CEO of a multimillion-dollar international corporation” (p.1). He was involved and directly tied to the mafia, as well as running a prostitution house. Apart from his business life, Fay was a very successful racquetball player. He would generally try to destroy people on the court and dare them ever bring up the topic of Christianity. During one of his games he met a doctor by the name of Paul Grant. Grant would, later on, play a significant role in Fay’s life.
A year and a half after meeting Dr. Grant, Fay’s prostitution house was raided and he was in the midst of a lot of trouble (p. 2). During the midst of Fay’s trouble Dr. Grant asked him a question that would ultimately change this author’s life. “Are you okay?” Fay says “this is the first time in forty years anyone has asked me this question” (p. 2). He was invited by Dr. Grant to come to church which he accepted. Although nothing changed in his life that day, seeds were planted that would eventually blossom in Fay’s life.
After his house was raided he was arrested and then put on probation. While on probation, a sting had been set up and again Fay was arrested. This time though he believed he would have to spend the next six to eight years in prison, since he had violated his probation. It is at this point in his life when the Holy Spirit began to move. Through the use of many Christian acquaintances and his unbelieving wife on March 4, 1981, Fay accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. After his conversion to Christianity, Fay has had the privilege to tell several others about his Savior, including his daughter that he left and several of the police officers who were involved in both of his arrests. Content Summary
As Christians we are called to go out and tell others about Jesus Christ, and ultimately there is no way fail as long as we go. In his book, Fay talks of the necessity of Christians to do more than merely come to church. There is a need to get out and tell others of a Savior. He also, throughout the entire book, speaks on what our Biblical role in witnessing really is.
We must overcome our fears. Fay deals with, in his view, six reasons that scare people away from sharing their faith: afraid of being rejected, afraid of what my friends might think, I can not share with my coworkers, I do not know enough, afraid of losing my friends and relatives, and I do not know how (p. 17-26).
As Christians our Biblical role is to just go and tell. Somewhere in history it has been taught that a Christian’s success is based upon the number of people they lead to Jesus. Biblically this thought cannot be supported. In fact, it is completely opposite. Fay describes success as “sharing your faith and living your life for Jesus Christ” (p. 3). Success is not dependent upon whether someone accepts Jesus as Savior or not. In the harvesting, salvation, process there will be planters, waterers, tenders, and harvesters. Fay says it takes a “ nonbeliever 7.6 times to hear the Gospel before they will receive it” (p. 11).
It is our job to go and tell. There should be no excuse or fear that will keep us from doing this. As Christians we must remember that we “have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, living in us, so we lack nothing to get the job done” (p. 16).
Fay then goes on to one of the hardest aspect of witnessing; turning a regular conversation to Jesus. He gives several conversation joggers and then five questions to ask that will lead the conversation to Jesus. He also...