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How to preach the gospel to non-believers

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Most Christians have a sincere desire to share their faith with non-believers, especially close friends and family who mean a great deal to them. Yet, they may not take the risk to do so.

Why is that? Many times, they are fearful how the other person will react. Will they be hostile? Will they mocking? Will they be disinterested? Will they perceive it as “preaching” to them? Probably.

But if heaven really won’t be the same without a close friend or relative enjoying the experience without you, shouldn’t you really keep trying to inject your faith into conversations whenever you can? Timing is everything. It’s amazing how the stress and uncertainty of life can open a mind to having a serious discussion when he or she completely blew you off even a few months earlier.

That’s why I want to share an article written by David Qaoud at Gospel Relevance. Titled “How to Preach the Gospel to Unbelievers,” he outlines a few strategic approaches that I found interesting.

“You don’t have to have a seminary degree, understand Greek and Hebrew, and know your Bible inside and out (although all of those things would be helpful, of course). You just have to have a willing heart, a boldness about you, a desire to speak the truth to those far from God,” David wrote.

He suggests tracking the major themes of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Those themes usually fall under the categories of creation, rebellion, redemption and consummation.

In 1 Peter 3:15-16, the apostle offers some encouragement for seeking open doors to talk to people:

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

I’d encourage you to save a copy of this article and refer to it from time to time. You may find it a helpful resource.

If you’re ready to up your game, consider joining an online study group with Plethos Global. Those dedicated Christians have developed an entire life plan to equip Christians to learn the gospel message and then put into practice many of the messages outlined in David’s article.  But, Plethos maks it even easier to share your faith with others.

You can find out more at www.plethosglobal.com.

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Greg Gerber

A native of Wisconsin who moved to Arizona in 2009, Greg Gerber is a DODO -- Dad of Daughters Only -- to three grown daughters. He worked as a journalist for many years before pursuing a career as a faith-based writer, author, coach and speaker. Greg is the author of Pornocide: How Lust is Killing Your Faith, Stealing Your Joy and Destroying Your Life.

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