By John Van der Werff, DDS | May 17, 2017
by John Van der Werff, DDS
Sharing Jesus is difficult for most Christians. But we are asked to do so. I have struggled with this most of my life. However, I have found a way that works for me and may help some of you who are also struggling.
In our culture, most people don’t always want to hear about Jesus and can be put off by people trying to tell them what to believe or think. Telling people who are not interested in Jesus does nothing other than irritate them.
However, this is not always the case, because some people are really looking for answers about life and want to hear the good news Jesus provides. So how can we know if someone is seeking? And if they aren’t, is there anything we can do to draw them in that direction?
Asking questions, if done with respect, is a non-confrontational way to talk about potentially sensitive issues. As an example, I ask people about their lives, if they are spiritual/ religious or what they think about Jesus, and then I listen. For those who are interested, I share the good news about Jesus. They may not make a conversion, but that may happen in the future.
For those not interested in Jesus, I try to have them leave with a “pebble in their shoe.” Through questioning, I try and understand what they believe and what led them to that conclusion. If I understand what they believe, there will be things in their beliefs that are contradictory, not supported, or do not make sense logically.
As I have a chance, with guidance of the Holy Spirit, I do this with the patients in my practice. I ask them what they believe, see if they are open to the gospel, or try and get enough information so I can leave a “pebble in their shoe.” I let them ponder while the Holy Spirit works in their lives. Perhaps they will have questions at another encounter.
For more information and questions to ask, I suggest Greg Koukl’s book Tactics and William Fay’s book Share Jesus Without Fear. I am sure there are other resources. Perhaps you can share what has helped you.
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