So you want to share your faith but you don’t know how or where to start? Perhaps these tips from Pastor Skip Heitzig will help get you started. They are easy, workable and you don’t need to be a Bible scholar or know every objection someone might raise. Just be yourself, keep it simple and you’ll be amazed at the results. (1)
Pray in advance for an opportunity
“I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people . . . Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth” (1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4).
The Bible clearly teaches that God loves the lost just as much as He loves you. So God is already in your corner as you step out in faith because, “He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9).
Allow others to start the conversation for you
Most conversations start out with, “How are you?” When directed to me, I often reply, “I am doing fine, thank you. God is good.” Sometimes it goes nowhere but I have also found more often than not, the door may slightly open up to a dialogue about how, “God is good.” Believe it or not, people today do want to talk about spiritual things. (2)
Listen to what they have to say
Witnessing is not a monologue but a dialogue. Most successful encounters start with a conversation not a presentation. Be nice. “To win some be winsome.” Remember, everyone has a story. Asking the right questions as they share their story will not only stimulate more conversation but reveal their need.
Tell your story
That’s the easy part because you have a story, too. You know better than anyone what Jesus did in your life and what kind of person you were before you met Him. Tell them the difference He has made in your life. Make it short but sincere.
Remember, you don’t have to know all the answers but there are some very good resources that do have the answers to their questions. Offer to give them a book (a pocket-size Gospel of John is always good) a tract or refer them to a website that you’re familiar with. YouTube is a great resource. I like to give them my card for further contact and a place to go for their questions.
Pray for them
Finally, if circumstances allow, ask them if you can pray for them. Seldom have I had someone say, “No.” In fact, I’ve had people break down when asked that question and I prayed for them right then. Be sure when you get home to continue to pray for them as God brings them to your mind or put them on a prayer list. Follow-up if you can and see how they’re doing. And, Oh yes, don’t hesitate to invite them to your church. Maranatha!
(1) The Good News Is Really Good
(2) What Non-Christians Want From Faith Conversations