It’s easy, because people are ready (Part 2)

Written by on October 29, 2011

Are you eager to share the good news of Jesus Christ with others? Where do you begin the conversation?

John Vredevelt, amazing pastor of Radiant Church in Gresham, Oregon, takes his dog Vegas for walks and sometimes canine evangelism draws people in. (You can count on seeing Vegas in heaven. One day, I’m going to bring her and Rin Tin Tin enormous T-bones.)

John warms hearts where he goes. He asks, “If you could ask Jesus for anything today, what it would be?” After people share their needs, John says, "If Jesus would ask anything of you, what do you think it would be?" He usually gets to answer that for them by saying Jesus desires they open their hearts to receive His great love.Then some pray with him to receive the Lord. John’s literally igniting people with the love and passion of God.

Another friend, Charlie, sometimes asks permission to share. “Would it be ok with you if I share an impression I have, with the intent of encouraging you?” Then he goes on to share an uplifting image or word. Soon the conversation turns to the Source Himself.

When I share God’s plan for salvation, sometimes I bring in the Holy Spirit. “You might have heard of a loving Father God in heaven,” I begin, “and maybe even His Son Jesus Christ, who came and died for us. But did you know it’s a package deal? There are three persons. The third is the Holy Spirit – Guide, Comforter, Counselor. Could you use an encouraging word about now? Could others in your life? That’s what God promises when you open your heart to Jesus Christ.”

What conversation starter have you used to begin a dialogue about Jesus Christ?

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Comments
  1. Susan   On   October 30, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Great posting.
    When in a conversation with a non-believer, I share something pertinent to how God/Jesus has personally been a part of my life and what He has done.   

    • Lynn Hare   On   October 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Susan, you have been, and always will be, my ultimate role model in sharing Christ with others. From you I learned to lose my inhibitions and speak to seekers genuinely, with the compassion of Christ. I learned to draw alongside them and listen to their story; to hear their pain; to validate them; to point them to the one Source of true love – Jesus.

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