Where do you love to have conversations? For me, it’s a coffee shop. It may be somewhere else for you, but we all have places we are more comfortable talking with folks. That’s at the heart of the third principle of my Sharing Jesus book:
Shifting from giving an evangelistic presentation to having an evangelistic conversation takes pressure off the witness and relates the gospel more clearly to an unbeliever.
A friend of mine observed: witnessing is a conversation between two people, both of whom are nervous. How do we boldly proclaim the message of salvation in a way that is both true and effective? The way we talk to people every day, in normal conversations. We have somewhere around 27 of these a day on average, or so says a recent study of people in Great Britain,* and I doubt we Americans are less chatty.
Whether an introvert or extrovert, you know how to have conversations. And, you probably know in what settings you are most comfortable. Most evangelism training focuses on learning a set presentation, and that is helpful for the most basic training. But I’m convinced you are capable of far more than learning the lowest common denominator approach. I believe as we each learn the gospel in all its greatness and learn to talk about Jesus in everyday conversations, the more sharing Jesus will become a part of our normal lives and less a compartment of a segmented Christianity.
Check out Chapter 3 in the book, and enjoy conversations focusing on Jesus!