“Awkward conversations change lives.”
I don’t know where I first heard this statement, but it stuck with me.
Sharing the gospel with others can be one of the most nerve-racking experiences for Christians. It is an eternally meaningful moment. Despite our reasons to be nervous, however, we know that the Holy Spirit has been preparing the heart of that person, so we can have confidence even in the midst of our awkwardness. That’s a good principle, but it can be difficult to jump from principle to practice if we don’t have a process.
We want to see gospel conversations take place as naturally and as frequently as possible. It may sound counterintuitive, but one of the best ways to make this transition happen more instinctively is to practice using a transitional statement — or what we call 7 Seconds of Insanity.
How do you do it? Try one of these:
- “Has anyone ever shared the gospel with you before?”
- ”Hey, would you say you’re near to God or far from God?
- “Could I show you a simple picture that helped me come near to God?”
These questions may seem overly simple; that’s by design. In any general conversation that I’m trying to turn into a gospel conversation, I want one single question in my mind that helps me make the jump. When our nerves might get the better of us, having one or two simple bridging questions like this can help us take the leap from a general conversation into a gospel conversation with confidence.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Mike Puckett serves as the Executive Director for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry of the High Country. For more information about him and his ministry, visit his blog. For more information on #NoPlaceLeft and the Baptist Collegiate Ministry of the High Country visit bcmhighcountry.com/no-place-left/.
by Mike Puckett / Executive Director / Baptist Collegiate Ministry of the High Country