|Learning to Share Your Faith #2
Getting on the Subject of Faith
Be prayerful, thoughtful, and creative
Set the table with well thought out plan
Jump right into a “jumpstart” question
Example: Drive by a cemetery where you know someone is buried that your friend knew. Ask, “Isn’t that where Daniel is buried?” followed by a jumpstart question.
Jumpstart Questions to get into Faith Conversations
Do you have anything in your life that I can pray about?
Are you part of a church family?
Do you go to church?
What do you think happens to us when we die?
Do you believe in Heaven and Hell?
If you died today, where do you think you’d go?
Are you a Christian?
Are you where you want to be in life?
Do you believe in God?
Have you ever made a personal commitment to Jesus?
Avoiding "Taboo" Words
There are certain phrases and words we use as Christians automatically assuming everyone knows what they mean. Oftentimes people don’t understand even the simplest “Christian” vocabulary including:
Brothers & Sisters
Washed in the Blood
Be sure to explain these terms if using them in conversation.
Power of a Handwritten Letter
There are several benefits to sharing your faith using a handwritten letter.
Recipient can look over your thoughts and Bible verses over and over again in the privacy and non-intimidating atmosphere of their own home.
Handwritten Bible verses seem to mean more to recipient than just pointing them to scriptures
No one writes handwritten notes anymore – they’re meaningful in and of themselves. They take time. It shows effort on your part.
You don’t have to make eye contact with them – one of the hardest parts of this sharing your faith thing.
Different Ways to “Fish”
The reason why one set of scriptures or one approach to sharing your faith does not work with everyone is that hearts are in different spiritual conditions (Read Parable of the Sower explained in Matthew 13:18-23).
Jesus' approach to the woman caught in adultery was pure grace (Jn. 8:3-11).
Jesus' approach to woman at the well required a word of knowledge (Jn. 4:16-18).
To Zaccheus it took a dinner invitation (Lk. 19:1-10).
To the rich young ruler Jesus ministered the law (Mt. 19:16-22).
Hospital visitation is sharing your faith in a hospital while visiting friends or family members who are hospitalized. You can do this with nurses, roommates, and even in other rooms or wards by permission of the sick person.
Home visitation involves visiting persons in their home for the purpose of answering their questions and sharing the Gospel with them.
Evangelistic Breakfasts, lunches or dinners involve inviting non-Christians to a meal for fellowship with Christians and to hear a speaker talk about how the Christian faith relates to everyday life.
Evangelistic films are excellent tools to expose non-believers to the Gospel. These films can be shown in your home, at the church, or in any other suitable location.
Evangelistic meetings provide occasions where Christians can bring their unsaved friends to hear the Gospel preached.
Evangelistic Bible studies in small groups provide a non-threatening atmosphere where people can be exposed to the Gospel message.
The internet is an excellent, non-intimidating resource. Oftentimes sending someone an email or a web address can be one of the best things you can do. See FaithSite.com, FaithMatters.com, BrentHigh.com, TFTD-online.com