Want to Share the Gospel? Start with This Question

Part 2: Greg explains the first step in a tactical approach to sharing your Christian convictions with others.

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The Burden-Free Step in Discussing Christian Beliefs

The Unexpected Way to Effectively Make Your Point

Where Do Moral Laws Come From?

How to Get out of the Hot Seat While Remaining Engaged

How to Avoid the Professor's Ploy

The Unexpected Way to Effectively Share Your Beliefs


00:11 I talk a lot about having a tactical game plan in

00:15 place that will allow you to go forward and engage somebody in a productive way

00:22 for Christ without taking a lot of risk on yourself. I've talked in the past

00:27 about the importance of not worrying about the harvest but thinking more

00:31 about the gardening because if we garden effectively, then the harvest will take

00:35 care of itself. Plus, the idea of trying to win someone to Christ and get them to

00:39 sign on the dotted line is a little daunting for a lot of people, so they sit

00:43 on the bench instead of getting out into the field. And so I want to suggest a

00:48 means by which you can do that. Okay, what's the first step of the game plan?

00:52 The first step of the game plan is to simply gather information. You cannot

00:58 know how to proceed effectively in a conversation unless you have basic

01:04 information. Now, what does that do? It gives me a little bit of a sense of the

01:08 lay of the land. I might find out whether or not they're a Christian, or if they

01:11 used to be a Christian and aren't now, or whether they've ever thought about

01:15 Christianity, or whether they're hostile to Christianity. You see, these are all

01:19 things that are really valuable to know before you move forward. This is one step

01:24 that you you don't need to hurry. Do not worry about getting to the endgame,

01:29 winning them to Christ, don't even think about that now. Just think about

01:33 gathering information. Now, I have a model question at this point that will help

01:37 you, and the model question is, "What do you mean by that?" What do you mean by

01:43 that? It's a model question that means you can use it different ways

01:47 under different circumstances with different people. Now, this is especially

01:51 helpful when people are raising objections against Christianity or

01:57 offering challenges. There are all kinds of challenges that require

02:01 more information. And so when somebody says, "Well, everything is relative,"

02:06 and you ask, "What do you mean by relative?" or they say, "I believe in evolution," and

02:10 you ask, "What do you mean by evolution?" or they say, "I believe the Bible is filled

02:15 with errors," or "The Bible has been changed," or "...that Jesus never lived," or

02:20 "...that He lived, but He wasn't a miracle worker," etc., etc., etc., it is always in your

02:26 favor to ask more questions. And you don't have to answer that objection, not

02:33 at this point. All you have to do is get more information. And the more

02:38 information you get, the better. The more you understand that person, the more you

02:42 understand that person's ideas, the more clarity you have of the challenge, the

02:47 better you'll be able to decide in the future which direction to go or if you

02:52 don't go in any direction at all. This first question, "What do you mean by that?"

02:58 meant to help you gather information, is going to get you started, and that's all

03:06 we want to worry about at this point in the tactical game plan.

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