We believe it is our job to share, and it is God’s job to save. We don’t see a gospel conversation as a one-time event, but as a relationship. When God brings a person into your life who is far from Him, He is making a gospel appointment. The most important thing is to show up! Be prepared to demonstrate and declare the gospel at any given moment, with these helpful tools:
Care to Share
The old adage is true: “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” The first step to being prepared to share the gospel at any moment is genuinely caring for people every day. As Christ cares for us and forms us into His image daily, we will demonstrate the gospel with our lives and earn the trust of those around us. Likewise, when we choose to not only demonstrate the gospel but also declare it, by communicating clearly in a gospel conversation, we are choosing to push past the awkward… to push past the risk… to care enough to share.
A great way to begin a gospel conversation is to simply ask, “So what’s your story?” And to really listen.
Be prepared to answer the same question when it’s reciprocated, or to volunteer it when it’s not! Practice writing out and sharing aloud your story in one-two minutes, focusing on how you became a Christian.
The Big Story
is a helpful tool for sharing the gospel in story form. Easy to draw on a napkin, or to pull up on The Big Story app, the visual helps lead the conversation through four worlds: designed for good, damaged by evil, restored for better, and sent together to heal.
This leads to the question, “Which world would you place yourself in?”
If you are in World 1, you think the world is fine.
But we have seen that it is hard to reconcile this with the suffering in the world. How do you reconcile these things?
If you are in World 2, you’re overwhelmed by the evil in the world, and even the evil in your own heart. Jesus is calling you to follow Him. Would you like to become a follower of Jesus today? You can begin by telling Jesus you would like to become a follower.
If you are in World 3, you have some understanding of what Jesus did, and He is calling you to follow Him. Would you like to become a follower of Jesus and engage in His mission to heal the world with His community and with the help of the Holy Spirit today? You can begin by telling Jesus you would like to become a follower.
If you are in World 4, you are doing good in the world. Are you following Jesus and engaging in His mission to heal the world with His community? If yes: Are you involved in a Jesus community and would you like to hear more about my church? If no: Would you like to become a follower of Jesus and engage in His mission to heal the world, with His community and with the help of His Spirit today? You can begin by telling Jesus you would like to become a follower.
Discipleship Next Steps
After your gospel conversation, remember that it is not about a one-time event, but a relationship. The way you continue the relationship is based on where they are on the Discipleship Stages:
Almost all of the people who came to faith in the Bible began by being curious. If the person God has placed in your path is asking questions like “How can I know God is real?” “What would a relationship with God do for me?” “How can you believe the Bible is true?” then ask if you can continue the conversation by meeting again, even if they answered NO to following Jesus today. Your goal is to steward their curiosity and help them transition to belief. The truth is that genuine conversion isn’t fueled by a person’s curiosity but by the call of Jesus on their life. You’ll help to discover that Jesus is calling them as you cultivate their curiosity through a relationship.
If the person in your life has just begun a relationship with Jesus, it’s important to celebrate! Show your excitement and tell them that this is the most important decision of their lives! Then say, “This was fun! There are some other things like this that we could look at if you want to start meeting. Does this same time next week work for you?” Make sure you have a time to meet again before you leave! Also invite them to come to a worship gathering or to Journey Group with you this week, encourage them to register for baptism on the website, and to begin reading Scripture. The Gospel of Mark (NIV) is a great place to start. Show them how to download the Bible app if they have it already, and pray for them before you go—thanking and praising God for what He is doing!