A common fear in evangelism is not knowing what to say. What if we didn’t have to do the talking?
In college, I met a missionary named Nick who had the spiritual gift of evangelism. Nick claimed that every time he fully shares the gospel with someone, his conversation partner trusts Jesus. What’s his method? Nick walks up to someone, introduces himself as a Christian, and asks them if he can share a few Bible verses with them. They often say no, but when they say yes, Nick shares four verses with them—nothing out of the ordinary.
It’s how he shares these verses that sets him apart. Instead of reciting or reading the verses to them, he hands over his Bible and asks them to open to the bookmark (Romans) and read the highlighted verses (3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9). He asks them what they think each verse means. Sometimes, he points out specific words and guides them to the verse’s meaning. Sometimes, he offers explanations and answers questions. Always, he listens carefully and affirms their correct observations.
By the end of the two-way conversation, his conversation partner has done more of the talking and has discovered the gospel for himself/herself—straight from the Bible. When he asks them if they want to begin a relationship with Jesus, most people respond: “Who wouldn’t?”
Since then, I’ve used this method dozens of times in one-on-one conversations with students and friends, and I’ve seen dozens trust Jesus in response. I’ll walk us through step-by-step: Continue Reading…