So what I do is get to know them. Where are they in life? Where are they hurting? And then I try to start where they are to lead them eventually to the place where I can share the truth of the Gospel. It may take 10 minutes, it may take 10 months. I'm willing to take as long as it takes because I care about that person.
My model for what I share is:
- The Problem (Sin)
- The Solution (Jesus)
- How the problem is solved (respond to Jesus)
No matter what I make sure the above three elements are eventually presented somehow. I rarely witness the same way twice. Though I often use the same Scriptures and illustrations that I have found to be effective. I try to start with A LOT of questions and do A LOT of listening. Here is another method I use. As part of a conversation, I ask the following questions, listen to their answers, and then I am careful to explain how the Bible answers each question.
- What do you believe about God? The Bible says: God is holy, perfect, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent and the just judge of the universe. God “commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed” (Acts 17:30-31, see also verses 24-31)
- What do you believe about the Bible? The Bible says: “For all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful…”(II Timothy 3:16)
- What do you believe about Jesus? (Is he equally God and equally human?) The Bible says: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (I John 1:1, 14)
- What is man’s basic problem in relation to God? The Bible says: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
- What is the solution to that problem? The Bible says: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23) “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) See also Romans 10:9 above.