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?