Building a Bridge

Friday, May 5, 2017

Key Bible Verse: Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” (Acts 8:30)

Dig Deeper: 

Now, let’s move to the “how” question, as in, how do we go about sharing the gospel? Let’s begin by pointing out our objective. Our goal is to build a bridge to our listener, not burn one. I have seen Christians armed with memorized Bible verses and clever arguments completely overwhelm a person in a “gospel barrage.” They may have even won the debate, but sadly they did not win the soul.

One of the best ways to share your faith is to engage a person. You don’t have to necessarily hit them with the whole message up front. In fact, the more you know about the person you are speaking with, the better. Know this: everyone’s favourite subject is themselves. Ask a person questions about their life, their views, their outlook. What do they think about this or that? Don’t interrupt them. Instead, try to understand what they are saying. Then, lovingly begin to build your bridge to them.

Jesus engaged people. He conversed with Nicodemus, Zacchaeus, the rich young ruler, and the woman at the well. He could have said, “Look, I’m God and you’re not, so just listen to me!” But instead, there was give and take in the conversation. He genuinely cared about them and they could tell. He gave us a model for how we are to share our faith.

– Greg Laurie in Tell Someone

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