Want to Share the Gospel? Start with This Question

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

 

 

Transcript:

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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