Yesterday, one of our members asked the world- or at least his little slice of it- via Facebook, “What are some good ‘one liners’ that can lead to conversations about Jesus?” This simple question, borne out of a genuine desire to share beyond as we were challenged last Sunday, led to some helpful dialogue, both online and face to face.
Chances are, this person isn’t the only person out there asking this or a similar question. Many of you genuinely desire to engage others in authentic conversation about faith, but aren’t sure where or how to begin. We have found that one of the most effective methods of cultivating such dialogue is the wise and strategic use of questions. Making “asks” rather than simply spouting “answers” makes for a more genuine back-and-forth and can help you to discern well where others stand in relation to Jesus.
Share Jesus Without Fear(William Fay) is one of the classic resources available to folks who want to begin sharing beyond themselves. Embedded within this presentation are five key questions that can help “get people talking” about their faith, in so doing laying a foundation for a Gospel approach. These five questions are as follows…
1- Do you have any kind of spiritual belief?
2- To you, who is Jesus Christ?
3- Do you think there is a heaven or hell (or perhaps, “anything beyond this life”)?
4- If you died, where do you think you would go? If heaven, why?
5- If what you believe is not true, would you want to know?
It should be noted that these questions are not a “script” for an “interview” of another. They are simply conversation tools that, if utilized in conjunction with a genuine willingness to listen, can open doors of opportunity for the Gospel of God’s grace in Jesus.
One other that I have used recently, and would add to the mix, is this- Do you have any kind of church or faith background? If so, how is that faith impacting your life today? I have found that this question aids us in cutting through some of the clutter of a “religious” culture to get a clearer picture of where someone actually stands spiritually.
It is our hope and prayer that you find these questions, and others like them, a helpful tool in jump starting your sharing beyond. We’re praying that God gives you grace, wisdom, and courage to engage others with the too-good-to-be-true news that real life is available in His Son, Jesus. Happy Easter!