The greatest thing you and I will ever do is share the Gospel with others. As followers of Jesus, sharing the Gospel with others is one of the greatest privileges and joys we can experience on planet earth; it’s also Jesus’ last instruction to His disciples and to us (Matthew 28:18-20).
The most important question anyone can ever ask and answer is “Do you know for sure you’re going to heaven?” This question deals with where we will spend eternity and nothing is more important. Think of anything you want, nothing you can talk about will ever be as important as talking to someone about eternal life.
There are two approaches I take when meeting someone, they are called “Minimal Evangelism” and “Conversational Evangelism”.
Minimal Evangelism is where you hand someone a LMIQ E-Card (Gospel Tract) and ask them if you can give them something to read when they get a chance. Minimally, this places the Word of God in their hand. From there I pray that God would use it to draw (John 6:44) that person to a personal relationship with Him.
Conversational Evangelism takes Minimal Evangelism one step further. Either before or after I hand someone a LMIQ Card, I ask them the first of four questions – “Can I ask you a personal question?” Sometimes I will skip question 1 and ask question 2 – “Do you know for sure you’re going to Heaven?” It just depends on the nature of the meeting and the leading of God’s Spirit.
Additional information about talking to people about Jesus:
The key to talking to people about Jesus is asking 4 questions. People don’t like to be lectured; however, they do like to talk. That’s why asking questions is the best way to talk to people about Jesus.
I prefer the direct method. I believe it’s the most honest approach and avoids beating around the bush. No matter what the relationship, the best way to introduce the topic of the Gospel is by asking Question #1 – “Can I ask you a personal question?” This braces them for the next question and allows you to ask what I believe is the most personal thing you can talk to someone about – their eternal destiny. I have never had someone say no to this question, and I’m usually talking to people I don’t know and who don’t know me.
After the person has given me permission to ask them a personal question I ask them the most important question (Question #2) – “Do you know for sure you’re going to Heaven?” Usually, people are surprised by this question because it wasn’t something they were expecting. The majority of times people will say they believe they are or hope they are. No matter how they respond, you follow up with Question # 3 – “What do you understand it takes to get to heaven?” This question will identify what they believe it takes to get to heaven.
Most people believe that if they are going to heaven it’s because they are basically a good person. Most people wrongly believe that good works are what get us to heaven. According to the Bible, we get to heaven by faith in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8-9 says – 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works so that no one can boast. [also see Titus 3:5]
After someone gives a works answer I ask them Question # 4 – “What do you base that on?” or “Why do you believe that?” They usually come up with something other than the correct answer because the Bible does not support salvation by good works.
Once you ask what the basis of someone’s belief is, there are a lot of directions the conversation could go. The main thing to remember is to continue asking questions. The reason we ask questions is to engage them in a discussion and to reveal their ability or inability to back up what they think they know about eternal life. This isn’t mean-spirited, it is simply a fact that most people haven’t thought through this most important topic and can’t explain why they believe what they believe. [As followers of Jesus we are commanded to “…Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…” 1 Peter 3:15.]
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