through the cafeteria line at school, eyeing the "gobbledygook" they have billed
as meatloaf. As you walk to a table, you're dreaming of a burger, fries, and a large Coke.
When you sit down, you are jarred back into reality by the conversations. Two guys are
saying, "That girl is a !~#$%~&* babe!" (and that's putting it mildly).
Another group is making plans for the "I Tappa Keg" drinking blowout the next
night. Still a third group is arguing over the finer philosophical points of the latest
R-rated movie. As a Christian you're sitting there listening to all of this incredibly
inane conversation by people you really care about.
How should you respond?
When you move a conversation to a point that involves God, it is important that
you are able to present your thoughts in a clear and kind manner. Following these
suggestions can help you present the gospel clearly and give the person a chance to
respond to God.
- Withdraw to a table of all Christians
so you don't have to deal with this "worldly stuff."
- Slam your tray on the table, flipping
the meatloaf into the lap of the girl across from you, and say, "Gross! God sends
people to hell for stuff like that."
- With boldness, courage, and
sensitivity focus on one group or even one person, enter the conversation, and turn it to
talk about Jesus Christ.
- Turn the conversation.
Up to this point you have shared
your personal experience. Now you will turn the focus of the conversation to your friend.
To make that transition ask these
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- "Have you ever experienced a
personal relationship with Jesus Christ like the one I've described?"
- "Would you be interested in
knowing how to do that?"
- Communicate the
You need to know what to say when
the opportunity comes. Simply and clearly communicate the gospel.
You can do that by following these
- Use a booklet that clearly explains
- Memorize the main points of the
booklet and the verses that go with each point.
- Read the booklet with him. Only use
- Leave the booklet and your phone
number with him.
- Ask discerning
Make sure the person you are sharing with feels like you are interested in them.
Ask clarifying questions throughout your conversation with them. Ask them if they
understand the main points in the booklet (if your are using one). Remember, this is a
conversation, not a monologue, understanding the key issues the person is facing will help
you make the Gospel presentation more meaningful to them.
If the person indicates a desire to
begin a relationship with God, you want to be sure he clearly understands the main issues
you have covered - ask questions like these after you read through the prayer.
- Where is Jesus right now?
- How do you know?
- Will He ever leave you?
God is continually in the process of
bringing people to Himself. He allows you to enter into this incredible adventure! As you
love God and your friends, God will cause you to become boldly unashamed of the gospel. As
you let the gospel be the "power of God" in your own life He will use you to
influence more people than you can imagine! Possibly your entire campus!