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3 Ways to Prepare for Gospel Conversations

Last night at APEX we kicked off God Questions. These questions carry such relevance for today because we live in such a pluralistic society where ‘all roads lead to God’. To claim you have the pulse on absolute truth in our culture is like saying The Pittsburgh Stealers are a ‘wrong’ football team or Starbucks coffee is demonic.

When it comes to evangelism isn’t it so much easier to be quiet – to keep your faith to yourself? We talk about ‘friendship evangelism’ but somehow never quite get to the ‘evangelism’ part.

The truth is that Christianity stands alone because of the person of Jesus Christ. While other religions show the path to ‘salvation’ or ‘enlightenment’ through good works, Jesus claims to be the Way of salvation. No one else has ever claimed that.

Here are 3 Ways to Prepare for Gospel Conversations that I shared last night:

  • LEARN – many Christians don’t know what they believe and why they believe it. Make sure you are ever deepening your knowledge of what your life is built upon so you can answer those who have questions.
  • LOVE – Is your passion for Jesus contagious? Is there deep feeling or merely facts? Nothing rubs off on others more than passion.
  • LISTENtoo often we’ve viewed evangelism as the “Jesus is coming back in 5 minutes, I need to get you saved so please sign this card so that I can feel good about myself” approach. It’s a huge turn off to people of different faiths if you don’t listen and hear their heart before you speak about yours. See everyone you come in contact with as ‘interesting’ and get to know them for who they are. This will open their hearts to your message because you are friendly and they feel you care about them and they can trust you.

I’ll add another one that doesn’t start with an ‘L’. Pray. Trust the Holy Spirit to do supernatural things through you. Don’t just think about it. Go.

DS

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March 10, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

6 Comments »

  1. I don’t know what you mean by the ‘Jesus is coming back in 5 min.’ approach. I have never chased anyone around the sidewalk exhorting them to be saved…in minneapolis…in college…with you. 🙂

    Oh how I miss those times…kind of. ok, not really. but kind of.

    PS. Until the Last is inspired. Its on permanent repeat for now.

    Comment by Aaron | March 10, 2010 | Reply

    • Bro, I totally miss those times.

      Who is Until the Last?

      Comment by santahara | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  2. the album leaf song you posted last month! its phenomenal

    Comment by Aaron | March 10, 2010 | Reply

    • yea, i figured that out 3 seconds after I hit submit. it is great. i love everything that he doesn’t sing on. haha.

      Comment by santahara | March 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hey man its been a long time since NCU, I did a google image search for “crazy worship leader” for a funny announcement and your pic came up? …anyways great blog, I pray you and your ministry continue to point the way.

    Comment by Loren | April 1, 2010 | Reply

  4. […] Loving people and leading them to Christ […]

    Pingback by How Cooks Forest Helped Me Stay Focused « david santistevan | November 8, 2010 | Reply


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