December 28, 2012 1 Comment
(Originally written April, 2003)
I had just finished speaking to a large group of business leaders at a downtown luncheon and had walked back to the book table afterward, when one of the caterers asked me a question about an unusual spiritual experience. I was not able to give a totally clear answer, but I was able to make sure that she was a believer in Christ and get her address to send her a Bible, some helpful tracts, and encourage her to start attending a church near by. As a Christian leader in the business community, we all try to love and serve our co-workers, employees, vendors, and clients, and wait for an opportunity to share Christ. We as followers of Christ should always be ready to share Christ with those that we meet in the workplace or as we journey through life. It sometimes takes years to build relationships with people in the workplace. But, God will one day give you an open door. When that day arrives and the Holy Spirit presents to you the opening to turn the conversation to spiritual things, what do you say?
I have found two things very helpful in sharing Christ over the years. First, you need to memorize the two questions used by Evangelism Explosion. Take the class if offered in your church.
Question #1 - “Jim (or Jane), if you were to die tonight are you certain that you would go to heaven?” Most people will answer either “I hope so” or “I think so” or give you a definite yes and share their salvation experience with you. Regardless of their answer, go to the next question.
Question #2 - “Jim (o rJane), suppose you were to die tonight (you may insert here the uncertainty of our health, safe travel, or personal examples) and you found yourself standing before God and He were to ask you, ‘Why should I let you into my heaven?’, what would your answer be?”
Most people who do not know Christ will answer – “I have tried to live a good life.” By their response you will know whether they have based their hopes on “good works” or on the grace of God.
Next, you are ready to ask them, “Well, Jim, could I share with you what the Bible says about how we may have peace with God and spend eternity with Him?” Most will say yes if they are ready. If they are uncomfortable, then you should wait for another time until the Holy Spirit gets them prepared.
If they say “Yes”; simply pull the “Steps to Peace with God” pamphlet out of your pocket, purse, or desk drawer. Read each of the steps with them. Perhaps ask them to read one or two of the verses. Ask them questions to help them understand, share an example from your own life, and let them ask simple questions which are easily answered. If you get asked a question that will take a long time to answer, just say, “That’s a great question, may we wait until after we get through this to answer it?” Then, get right back on track with the “Steps”.
On step #4, I like to draw a line down the center of the cross and hand them my pen to show me exactly where they are. They cannot be in the middle. They must choose a side. I have been able to pray the prayer with many people over the years. Seeing a person invite Christ into their life is the greatest thrill possible on this earth. If you have not had that privilege, why not put a pamphlet in your pocket this week and ask God to give you an opportunity to share it?
You can memorize the two EE questions and practice presenting the pamphlet with a family member, friend, co-worker, another small group member, or a friend at church. Then you could even memorize the four steps and a scripture for each. That way you could share it with a friend over lunch on a napkin even if you forgot the pamphlet. (I have used a napkin many times.)
I have been able to share the gospel with three people on airplanes during the last few months. One college student received Christ. These Steps to Peace (by Billy Graham) are available in many Christian book stores. These two questions and this simple pamphlet will get you started in sharing life’s greatest treasure.
Sharing God’s Peace
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” John 14:27 (NASU)