While teaching a Bible study about evangelism in 2012 I noticed many of my Christian friends were unable to bring the gospel to the unbelievers they encounter every day. Why were they so hesitant? When I asked them, the most common answer was this:
Because I can’t answer all the hard questions they ask me like “Where did Cain get his wife? What happens to the native in the jungle that never heard the gospel, does he go to hell? Why do bad things happen to good people?” The Bible says, “Be ready to give an answer to the hope that is in you.” But I’m not ready! I can’t answer those questions! I just don’t know enough about the Bible or science or anything else! Help! I can’t witness!
If that’s you, I’m offering a plan to bring the gospel to your unbelieving friends and family without immediately answering those hard questions. None of us have all the answers. You have your faith and the Holy Spirit to guide you. You can become a confident, fearless witness for Christ if you use the personal evangelism plan put forth in my book Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!
This personal evangelism strategy, tackles the fear of answering these questions with the approach Jesus used by discerning the questioner’s motive for their original question. He didn’t answer their questions but responded with questions to them! You do the same by determining a person’s willingness to hear the gospel by measuring their spiritual temperature. Are they cold, lukewarm or hot to hear the gospel? After you know their temperature, next share your personal testimony. You’ve gotten to the gospel and still haven’t answered the original question. The key is getting there before the question trips you up. You intentionally get to the gospel first; answers come second, if at all. After you have offered Christ, you may then answer their original question. If you put into practice this personal Christian evangelism strategy you can expect three things to happen.
1) You will develop confidence in sharing the gospel like never before.
2) God will bring salvation to some of those you witness to, and you’ll see both his saving power and your own weakness made strong in Christ.
3) Your faith will be strengthened by God’s working in you, “both to will and to do his good pleasure”
Remember that although it is God who saves, he uses weak human vessels to take the precious gospel to the world. Go to htttp://yourchristiananswers.com for more information about “Always Be Ready to Give an Answer!”
Here are some comments about this strategy from preview readers:
“Understanding how to get to a questioner’s motives BEFORE answering their question is greatly empowering to share the Gospel with anyone you meet.”
“Just the chapter on “Take Their Spiritual Temperatures” makes this book worth getting! I joke now about hitting my non-Christian friends and family in their presuppositions.”