The rise of science has led many to believe that Christian views are outdated and ignorant. For this reason, you need to know how to respond to people who say that science proves that God isn’t real.Read More›
When the Bible talks about Christians being witnesses in the world around them, regarding Jesus Christ, it assumes that people will be asking us questions about our faith in Christ. Peter tells us that we should always be ready to answer those who ask us about the hope we have. Paul talks about how we need wisdom to know how to respond to each person.Read More›
This question is expressed in many different ways. Sometimes a person is genuinely seeking for truth and feels like the Bible we have is far removed from what was originally written. Often the person is aggressively anti-Christian and using this objection as ammunition for their skepticism.
It’s always best to ask a few questions to understand what the real issue is. Ask, “What has given you the idea that the Bible is full of errors?” Their answer gives you a lot of information about where they are coming from. Remember that your goal is not to win an argument, but to lead someone to Christ, so don’t respond argumentatively.Read More›
The New Year is such a great time for resetting your compass, for evaluating your priorities and how you are spending your life and making some changes that will help you grow a bit more towards what God wants for your life in the coming year.Read More›
Chatting with people around Christmastime is the perfect time for significant spiritual conversations to arise. Most people won’t move into this kind of conversation with you on their own, so we have come up with a few “Christmas conversation starters” to help you have these meaningful gospel conversations with people in your life.
When you bring up one of these conversation starters, relax and enjoy the conversation. Remember that it is not up to you to ‘convert’ this person. Rather, trust God to direct the conversation. It will be one step on this person’s journey to faith in Christ.Read More›
There was a famous German opera that lasted more than 12 hours whenever it was performed. As the story came to a conclusion, the character who sang the final piece was always played by a large woman wearing a helmet with horns or wings on top of it. As the long story unfolded, people would hopefully ask the person they were sitting with, “Is this the final piece?” The proverbial answer would come back, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings!”
It’s true that evangelism is not only about sharing the gospel. People journey towards Christ for some time before crossing the line to faith in him and we choose a narrow understanding of evangelism if we think evangelism only includes helping a person take the final step of faith.
Anytime you help someone in your life take a step towards Jesus, you are taking part in their salvation.
But you need to understand that just like the opera isn’t over until the fat lady sings, evangelism is never complete until
1) you arrive at the gospel and the person understands what Jesus did for them on the cross and that he rose and is alive today and can change their lives, and
2) you have invited the person to receive his gift of grace!
Don’t ever force the gospel on anyone. They will only resist it. Rather than pushing them to Christ, ask God to draw them to him through you. Build a relationship with people. Let them see Christ in you. Ask them questions that can lead to spiritual conversations. Share with them about your own walk with God. Pray for them all the time.
Do all this, but never forget your end goal if you truly love this person. Your end goal is for them to hear and understand the gospel, to know what Jesus has done for them and how they can experience his forgiveness and restoration. Never be satisfied to simply “sow seeds”. Yes, sow seeds, and water them, and let them grow. But why do farmers sow seeds and water them? So that he can reap the harvest!
At some point, you will have to swallow your self-consciousness and say, “Has anyone ever shared with you how you can start a good relationship with God?” “Could I share that with you now? It’s had such an impact on my own life.”
To be ready for that conversation, you should memorize the simple points of the gospel, along with a verse that affirms it from the Bible:
1. God loves you dearly – John 3:16; Romans 5:8
2. Our need for God (our inner brokenness – Mark 7:21-23; sin – Romans 3:23 and 6:23
3. What God has done to remove the barrier – 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 5:8 (because we couldn’t remove the barrier by living good lives or being religious – Ephesians 2:8-9)
Ask God to give you the opportunity and the boldness to share the gospel with someone in your life this week.
Lifestyle Priority 8: Clearly communicate the gospel and invite the person to put their trust in Christ
Maybe that title seems very strange to you. After all, your life has been totally changed by Jesus Christ. Doesn’t the Bible say you have been brought out of the domain of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s dear Son? Haven’t you been born again into a new way of life? If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation!Read More›
Sometimes we feel totally inadequate to share Christ with people. We don’t know how to start a spiritual conversation or how to communicate the gospel in a way that engages people. We are afraid we might mess things up or be totally rejected.Read More›
What does ‘following Jesus’ mean to you as a Christian? What does it mean to be ‘Christlike’? I want to suggest to you that a person is not Christlike if they are not spending significant relational time with secular, non-churched people. Here’s why.Read More›