Christine Dillion loves telling people about Jesus and even trains other OMF workers in evangelism and discipleship. So we asked for her three top tips for sharing the good news of Jesus:
I’m running an evangelism training group at the moment and discovered that none of the attendees were praying for opportunities. Praying regularly for this will open our eyes to the many opportunities that are already there: the shop assistant, the hairdresser (a captive audience), the person on the bus. Pray for courage (we’ll always be afraid, but the Lord can help us have the two seconds of courage to open our mouths), for open hearts, for God to already be working in our friend’s life and for Satan’s power to be bound.
2. Tell a story
Tell a story Today many people have set up barriers against abstract truth statements. Stories can slide under these barriers. Tell parts of your own story in a ‘before-after’ format, explaining how knowing Jesus has made a difference in such things as learning to control your temper, forgive, not worry… Prepare at least one Bible story (see my website storyingthescriptures.com for how). It is surprisingly easy to start a conversation with, ‘Can I tell you a story that has meant a lot to me?’
3. Learn to ask good questions
Starting gospel conversations is not easy, but if you’re praying and collecting good questions, it will be much easier.
Here are some to start you off:
- What makes life worth living for you?
- What are your life goals?
- What would you like to be remembered for?
- If you could have one thing in the world, what would it be?
- What do you think happens after death? Why?
- Why do you think the world is such a mess?
What others can you add? Once you’ve listened to your friends’ answers, hopefully you’ll have a chance to share your answers to the same questions.
Make sure you’re prepared!