Telling your story is a powerful bridge for the gospel message. But how many of us have shared our faith with someone? How many of us have ever led another person to Christ?
Striking up a conversation and sharing your story need not be weird. Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has these steps and tips:
1) Start with something familiar in the natural. And example in the Bible is Jesus asking the Samaritan woman at the well for a drink of water.
2) Swing the conversation from the natural to the spiritual. At this stage Jesus started to talk to the Samaritan woman about living water. At this stage you can offer your testimony to substantiate.
3) Be open to questions all the time. It’s not a monologue. We listen to hear the person’s hearts and spiritual needs, and tailor our conversation to that. Jesus let the Samaritan woman ask away.
4) Share the gospel. Tailor it to include what they have shared, so they know you have been listening and addressing their cares and concerns, a symptom of their needs e.g. emptiness, loneliness, lack of peace, fear of death, depression. Begin with something they care about. Start with messages to the heart, then the head, then the heart. For different gospel presentations, click here. For ways to share the gospel online, click here.
As for sharing your testimony, Pastor Greg Laurie gives us some great advice on how to share our testimony effectively. We need to show others what Christ has done for us, and what He can do for them.
We all play a role in the salvation of others. There is not a one size fits all approach to evangelism. You need to adapt to each situation. Below are some of Greg’s top tips:
- Don’t glorify or exaggerate your past. Don’t boast about what you gave up for God, boast about what He gave up for you.
- Share the absolute certainty that we will go to heaven when we die. The story of God sending His son to die on the cross in our place is a good testimony.
When we bring people the Gospel, we need to speak in language they understand.
The simple, powerful message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is what our culture needs to hear
- We don’t need to edit the Gospel. We don’t need to add to it, subtract from it or apologize for it. We just need to proclaim it and stand back and watch God work.
The Gospel is good news. But before someone can appreciate it, they have to know the bad news. We are all sinners separated from God, and we all fall short of God’s standards.
- The 10 commandments were not given to make us righteous, but to us show we need help. They were given to open our eyes.
Being a nice person will not get you into heaven because heaven is not for good people. Heaven is for forgiven people.
No one’s good enough to get to heaven on their own merit.
- If you only promise the glories of heaven and don’t warn about the reality of hell, you’re not declaring the whole Gospel. The most important thing people need to know about salvation is they’re not going to hell anymore.
God does not want anyone to spend eternity separated from Him in this place called hell. That’s why He sent Jesus. Only Jesus was qualified to bridge the gap between a holy God and sinful humanity.
- Whether you’re a believer or a non-believer, you’ll eventually get to God. All roads lead to God, but only one road leads to heaven.
- Tell people there’s a judgment and why Jesus died on the cross. That’s where the power of the story is. Don’t skim over these truths.
Don’t be afraid to ask, ‘would you like to ask Jesus to come into your life right now?’
What’s the worst that can happen? They say no. But what’s the best thing that can happen? They say yes!
- If they say yes, pray this prayer out loud. ‘Lord Jesus. I know I am a sinner, but I know that You’re the Saviour. You died on the cross for my sin and I’m sorry for my sin. I turn from it now and I choose to follow You from this moment forward.”
- When you lead a person to Christ, you disciple them. Bring them to church, introduce them to your Christian friends and help them get started. Then go out and find another person.
“You do that for the rest of your life,” says Greg. “That’s your job. Those are your marching orders from Jesus Christ.”
To listen to Pastor Greg’s full teaching, click below.