I love what the guys over at Dare2Share are doing . We at FearONE are attempting to follow their Gospel Advancing Ministry model. Recently I read Greg Stier’s 10 Simple Rules for Sharing the Gospel Effectively and began to think about our church’s upcoming mission trip. I think these simple rules would work well in everyday life as well on the mission field:
1. Ask God to open the door for you to share the Gospel today (Colossians 4:3.)
- When you ask God for opportunities…be on the look out for those chances and TAKE THEM!
2. Start the conversation by asking questions and listening well (James 1:19.)
- In general people love to talk about themselves, so ask questions that give them a chance to do just that.
3. Turn the conversation toward spiritual things in a natural way (John 4:9,10.)
- Sharing Jesus Without Fear author William Fay suggests asking, “Do you have any spiritual beliefs?”
4. Resist the urge to argue (2 Timothy 2:23-26.)
- Fay also suggests that you follow up the “spiritual beliefs” question with “Would you like to know if you are wrong?”
5. Share with them the areas you admire about their belief system (Acts 17:22-23.)
- If you don’t know much about their belief system, make this part of your conversation.
- Notice this point doesn’t say that you “were a sinner” but “you are a sinner.” Grace was not a one time event, it is a moment by moment walk with Jesus.
7. Share the story of your journey to Jesus (Acts 26:4-18.)
- Your testimony is powerful. There is no such thing as a boring everyday testimony. Remember the Creator of the universe became a man and died to rescue you. Nothing ordinary about that.
9. Give them an opportunity to put their faith in Jesus right then (Acts 26:19-29.)
10. Love those who say “no” and disciple those who say “yes“ (Acts 19:8-10.)
The most important rule about sharing the Gospel effectively…as Nike says, “Just Do It!”