Gospel conversations can happen in a number of ways — over coffee with an acquaintance, lunch with a new or lifelong friend or a conversation with a total stranger.
While there is no “magic formula” or “silver bullet” when it comes to sharing the gospel, there are a variety of tools and resources that can offer helpful guidance in what to say when we have opportunities to share our faith. Sharing the gospel doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does need to be intentional.
Following are three resources designed to equip you in engaging in gospel conversations.
The “3 Circles: Life Conversation Guide” is a simple method of sharing the gospel that can be illustrated on something as small as a napkin. The resources highlights three conversation points that can be illustrated by three circles that represent God’s design, sin and brokenness, and the gospel. The “3 Circles” is adaptable and can be used to help point everyday conversations back to the gospel. A corresponding app for smartphones and mobile devices is also available.
Many evangelistic resources focus on the “how” of evangelism, but “4-1-1” emphasizes why we share the gospel. “4-1-1” is part of the “Four Fields” evangelism training and is designed to answer four questions (who, what, where and why) in one hour on one sheet of paper.
“4-1-1” can help a believers understand that everyone is called to make disciples and encourage them to love God and love people.
“Six words” is an adaptable resource that equips followers of Christ to concisely share their testimony in approximately 15 seconds using just six words — two words to describe your life before Christ, two words to describe how one you came to know Christ and two words to describe your life since coming to know Christ. The six words form a foundation for sharing your life story and explaining how it fits into God’s story. “Six words” is flexible enough to be used in either brief or lengthy conversations. “Six words” is part of the “4-1-1” training.
by Chad Austin / BSCNC Communications / Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
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