How can we possibly share Jesus in such an unpalatable culture that’s insensitive to the things of God
We are seeing a turn in our society in ways we never dreamed. God’s precious children are being killed as if they are animals not deemed fit to live.
Life is too short not to share with others the great hope they can have in Jesus.
Think about it:
If one believes in God’s design they would view life as sacred, precious, and deem every one worthy to live.
Engaging Christ with non-believers today looks much different than it did 20 years ago. Programs that worked then, most likely will not work now.
This of course, depends on where you live.
I have used SO many tools in sharing Christ these past 7 years.
Some tools have proved to be fruitful while others were just too complicated. Through this
One thing I know for sure: No matter the tool or program used for evangelism, the Holy Spirit has to be involved in conversion.
I want to give you four simple steps that I have found to be the most effective in today’s culture.
I understand this may be different than what you do, and that is alright. I am excited that you have something that works within your context.
Four steps that are practical and effective
(1) Approach them like a friend
You want them to know that you care for them. Your best friend likes you because you listen and care.
Whoever it is you are engaging with will open up their heart when you are covered with a supernatural love from the Father for them.
We crave connection.
Pay attention to social media and everyone’s need to be recognized. We have the honor of connecting their need to be recognized with a Savior that already knows them.
(2) Show interest in their life
Find a connection with their suffering or with their celebration. Every one is going through suffering or celebrating.
Find a way for them to see that you’re listening and that you can relate to them in some way.
This will help you make a friend and just maybe, this is their closest interaction with Jesus.
You will be amazed at the need we have for connection. When you ask questions about a situation in someone’s life it shows love and concern.
Jesus spent lots of time with His disciples, He befriended them.
(3) Connect the Gospel with the good and bad in their life
This is the part of the conversation you want to ask the Holy Spirit to speak through you.
Only the power of God displayed in love can make this conversation worth while.
Let’s say someone shares with you that they just lost a mom or dad to cancer.
This is when you share that Jesus too went through the pain of this world. You can tell them about His suffering on the cross.
Then let them know the reason He did it.
After you explain why Jesus died and how that relates to their pain, you can share the great hope found in believing in Him and His resurrection!
The same is true with their celebrations. If they share something good in their life, then you share the great news about new life in Christ.
See, you can connect the Gospel in any conversation.
This takes effort and you have to be sensitive as to when and where to engage in this conversation.
Jesus came and related to people.
He shared parables that related to God’s kingdom.
We should follow suit.
(4) Stay friends
This step is VITAL.
Sharing Christ with someone is great and needed;
We feed our childre and tend to their needs so they can grow. The same is true for a new Christian.
A new believer needs spiritual food to survive.
Lifeway researched 2,000 of those unchurched and came up with this:
This is remarkable, over half of the people they researched said they would attend church if a friend invited them.
What does this tell us?
Make friends and share the Gospel!
PS: I found this APP to be really helpful