What IF They Say...?
Like many Christians, you might be shy of difficult “religious” questions and refrain from spiritual discussions. Your heart whispers, “What if they say…?”
Or, in an attempt to become an expert in “defending” your faith, you intently study how to respond to certain objections - only to soon forget the details.
Offered here, are responses to common questions and statements made by open and inquiring minds. Responses to people who are open to spiritual discussions but have sincere questions or conflicts of opinion.
- Keep in mind; these responses are intentionally simple. Use them to lead into sharing the Gospel or quickly respond to a question while sharing.
- These responses are not filled with Scripture. Not that God’s Word isn’t important but to make them easier to remember.
- Also, don’t feel you need to have all the answers. Just admit it (a “know-it-all attitude” is offensive). And never fear doing a little more research with your friend.
KEY Things in Sharing the Gospel
- Don’t Argue – Don’t feel you need to win an argument. Think of it as an exchange of ideas, not a debate. Everyone has a right to their own beliefs. Seek to show respect while attempting to reason.
- Ask Permission – Asking to share goes a long way in showing respect and building trust.
- The Power of the Gospel – The Gospel is the “power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16). Our part is to speak it (in love) so God can use it to “convict” and “convince” and “convert” (John 16:7-11).
- The Main Message - Remember, the goal is exposing the person to the Good News; dealing with the MAIN MESSAGE of the Bible, that is, HOW A PERSON CAN EXPERIENCE ETERNAL LIFE! Answering questions while sharing the Gospel will temporarily divert you from the main message. So seek to return to the Main Message – keeping the main thing, the main thing.
- The Bible’s Authority – As Christians, the Bible (specifically God, the author) is our central source of revealed truth. Therefore, the trustworthiness of the Bible is very important and a core point in discussing other issues. Consequently getting a good handle on “why we can trust the Bible” is a great place to start and revisit often!!