I am so glad that it’s not my responsibility to save others. Some of us plant the gospel seed; others water it. But ultimately, God brings the harvest (1 Cor. 3:5–7).
This means that unbelievers will be at different stages of readiness. Some are open to the gospel and ready to trust Christ right away. Others, take more time and might need to hear the gospel several times.
As a result, our approach changes with various people. The gospel message itself doesn’t change, but our methods should.
This calls for wisdom. We might say to a friend, “May I ask you a question? Has anyone ever taken a Bible and shown you how you can know for sure that you’re going to heaven?”
(If you’re familiar with EvanTell, you know the drill. You walk them through the content of our “May I Ask You a Question” tract or simply utilize the Bad News/Good News method.)
But this approach may not work for some. Maybe they don’t like gospel tracts. Maybe, they just need to hear the gospel put in different words. Or maybe, they are only ready to hear part of the message.
If that’s the case, here are a few different verses or passages you might share:
John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
This one’s great because you can share the whole gospel using only this verse. Simply focus on three things: (1) God’s love, (2) God’s gift, and (3) God’s offer of salvation.
Ephesians 2:1–10 — “…But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ…”
Part of the beauty of this passage is that you don’t have to skip around to different parts of the Bible, which is particularly helpful for people who like to read a passage or verse in its context. With this passage, you can discuss several key things, such as: sin, God’s love, and salvation as a free gift.
John 20:1–31 — “…but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”
You might read John 20 with a friend, ask them to read it and then talk with you, or simply tell them the story found here.
Perhaps get them interested by saying, “Did you know that the first person to see Christ after He was resurrected was a woman?” Or ask, “Do you know why the Gospel of John was written?” (See answer in vs. 31).
There’s a whole slew of possibilities. And if someone is interested in learning more, encourage him to go back and read the whole book (a great place for unbelievers to start).
What methods have you found particularly helpful? Comment below.