So you want to talk to people about Jesus but youre not sure how to place
yourself intentionally into on mission situations.
The best preparation is to always be prepared with both the long and short
versions of your testimony. You never know when a potentially life-changing
conversation with someone might happen. Also, remember that God has promised to
give you the words to say when you feel like your own words will just get stuck
in your throat. Ask Him for this help.
Of course, its essential to enter into any evangelistic conversation with
prayer and sensitivity to the Holy Spirits leading, but, these 25 ideas, by no
means inclusive, can help you find natural, non-confrontational ways to talk to
others about Christ.
Inviting people to church can be a good start, but take it
one step further. Offer to drive them yourself and treat them to lunch
afterward to talk about what they heard during the service.
Cultivate an accountability partner or group. Set a goal of
talking about Christ with someone within a set amount of timeperhaps once a
week or once a month.
A cup of cool water still goes a long way. When laborers come to your house or
place of business, remember how often Christ met a physical need to pave the
way to a spiritual lead.
Use the instant friendship a free drink affords to tell about
the origin of giving a cup of cold water in Jesus name.
Do you go to movies? Instead of simply talking about the
stars or action in recent movies, bring up the spiritual element of the films.
Many of todays films offer opinions about matters of faith or at least the
search for Someone beyond ourselves.
For example, Saving Private Ryan
and Titanic deal with life and death situations war and disaster and
are good jumping-off points for evangelistic discussion.
Also, The X-Files Scully struggles to find a balance between
science and faith, and The Truman Show offers a poignant look at the
issues of human responsibility and freedom of will.
Try catching a flick with non-Christian friends and discussing it afterward.
Or, be prepared to discuss the films spiritual element in conversations at work
or with friends.
Renting videos for a night of neighborhood theater can be
fun and it may open doors for sharing Christ with your friends. Grab some
popcorn and cold drinks, warm up the VCR and invite your neighbors to watch a
It doesnt have to be The Greatest Story Ever Told. Try titles like
Shadowlands, Cool Hand Luke, Chariots of Fire, The Spitfire Grill, The
Mission, Contact, To Kill A Mockingbird and Apostle. All of these
films, and many others, can prompt spiritual discussion. You may have a
favorite film that lends itself toward sharing faith in Christ.
With all of the suggested films, be sure to view the movie first before you
show it. Some of them have material that may be objectionable. Check the
Regardless of the film, preview it, and then prepare questions that guide
the discussion through any spiritual aspects of the movie.
Do you regularly commute on public transportation? If so,
you may encounter people with whom to talk about Christ during the brief rides
Also, if it is your habit to read your Bible or Christian books while
riding, be prepared to discuss them with fellow commuters. These may catch
their eyes and prompt evangelistic discussions.
When dining out, tell the person serving your table, Its
our custom to pray before meals. Is there anything we can pray about for you?
Then be sure to leave an appropriate tip. Dont blow your testimony by coming
across as a tightwad!
When you get your hair cut, you may be
surprised how easy it can be to talk freely about your church and your
Wear clothing and accessories with
Christian slogans, but be prepared to open your mouth and talk about the
message you are wearing.
Use the FIRM acrostic to guide
conversations toward an intentionally evangelistic focus. First, discuss
Family, then Interests, Religion and Message (your short-form testimony).
Tell door-to-door canvassers and
telemarketers that youd be happy to give them a few minutes of your time in
exchange for a few minutes of theirs. This is better (and nicer) than simply
hanging up or slamming the door. Be prepared with a brief testimony.
If you hand out tracts, commit to always
speaking with a person rather than just passing them out in silence.
Like to read? Try sharing books you enjoy
with others. Start book-sharing groups or reading clubs in your neighborhood.
Choose books that encourage evangelistic discussions, such as Christian fiction
or inspirational books.
Remember, secular books may also address spiritual concerns. As you discuss,
be prepared to talk about opinions the authors present from a biblical
Music is a huge cultural indicator, and
can make a great bridge to engage people in on mission conversations.
Much of todays music speaks of hopelessness and searching, and you need to be
ready to share hope and the ultimate goal of the searchJesus Christ.
Think of all the places music has infiltrated
retail stores, waiting rooms, the workplace. Statements like I wonder why they
feel that way about life, or I didnt realize that song talked about spiritual
matters, can pave the way to some interesting and potentially life-changing
When travellingparticularly when
flyingstart conversations with your neighbor. After talking briefly and asking
where he or she is from, ask: Whats the spiritual condition of your city? Then
ask if they attend church, and lead the conversation to Christ.
Many everyday conversations offer
opportunities to discuss matters of faith. Be prepared to speak up for your
Christian convictions in conversations about politics, current events and
religion. This can be especially effective around election time.
When people you know have heart-breaking
news, such as a tragic accident, a life-threatening illness, a job loss or the
breakup of a relationship, be there to help them grieve, perhaps even
problem-solve. And when they are ready to explore issues deeper than the
immediate crisis, talk to them about Christ.
If you or your kids are part of an online
community such as America Online or CompuServe, or if you visit Internet chats
rooms, look to others screen names for clues to their spiritual needs.
Jim Brown, in Computing Today, recently wrote of finding
opportunities to converse with computer users by the names: AnnisAngry,
ATTITUDE and SuicideWsh. All three either rekindled their love for Christ or
found Him for the first time as a result of Browns online availability.
Without the fear of face-to-face rejection, many chatters find it easier to
e-speak about Christ.
People are often most open to the gospel
during times of transition. A new neighbor may respond positively to an
invitation to church or Bible study. When combined with a friendly welcome gift
or a helpful deed such as assistance unpacking or yard work these invitations
can lead to an opportunity to share the why of your generosity.
Put yourself in situations in which you
are compelled to share Christ. Help with a church and community survey. Go
visiting with a church group. Go to intentionally evangelistic events such as
Arms Around Atlanta at the 1999 Southern Baptist Convention.
Youll find sharing your faith more infectious, and perhaps easier, when you
dont give yourself an out. You can certainly gain strength in numbers.
Next time you need to give a gift, send a
gift certificate for the local Christian bookstore. Many non-Christians have no
idea that such stores exist, nor even that Christianity includes so much more
than the churches they pass every day. Hopefully, your recipients will go into
the stores to cash in their certificates.
A few weeks later, ask them what they bought with the gift certificate,
discuss their shopping trip in general and then use that as an opportunity to
talk about Christ.
Back Yard Bible Clubs arent just for
summer. Try hosting Fall Clubs in your home. Many parents are actively looking
for ways to get a few moments of rest from the children or time to get some
housework and yard work done. By meeting the needs of both kids and parents,
such clubs can build bridges to entire families.
If you make lists before running errands,
be sure to add Watch for someone I can talk to about Christ. Just as we are
more likely to stop at the hardware store, the library, the gas station or the
dry cleaners if we have those on a list, the same concept applies to
If you like to play sports, challenge some
kids in your neighborhood to a game of pickup basketball or some other
activity. Tell them that, after they wear you out on the court, you want just
15 minutes of their time to talk to them about something important. Use that
time to talk about Christ. Not only will you get a workout and the kids will
get some food for thought, you will model to them how to keep promises.
Do you have teen-age kids? Try this. Make
sure friends who sleep over on Saturday nights realize that you go to church on
Sundays and would like them to go with you. Its best to ask permission from
their parents first. This also allows you a chance to talk to parents who may
not be Christian. Chances are you will have the opportunity to explain why you
go to church and even share a little bit about what you believe.
This list is incomplete. There are many other ways to get involved in an
on mission lifestyle. Perhaps you are already engaged in activities not listed
here. If so, wed like to hear from you. Send your ideas to On Mission, 4200
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