Updated: Oct 16
Everyone struggles with telling others about their faith in Jesus. However there are those few extremely extroverted Christians that don't. In the world we live in, sometimes talking about Jesus is a conversation killer. The fear of rejection for sometimes deters us from ever saying a word. People in our current conditions are craving human interactions. This gives us a great occasion to get the conversation started!
Sometimes we have absolutely no idea where to start. We ask questions like; what do I say? and where do I start? How will I know where they are spiritual? What if this ruins our friendship? If we are too afraid to start the discussion, how will we ever get to know them? Next time you meet someone new, try these four things!
#1 Find Common Ground
While different in many ways, trying to find something in common makes building a relationship that much easier. We are all vastly familiar with things going on in the entertainment industry. Sports, movies, and TV shows are great ways to bond with people you do not know.
#2 Get Them To Talk About Themselves
This means asking them questions about themselves. If you can get them to do this, it will allow you to learn about their likes and dislikes, hobbies, jobs, church activity, and so much more! Get them to talk about themselves so you can learn!
#3 Listen, Don't Defend
If during a conversation you happen to find a disagreement, listening to them over exerting your own opinion will give you some clout. It will make them feel un-judged and more likely to ask you spiritual questions in the future. Which will allow you to feed them your knowledge of scripture. Listen, even if you disagree.
#4 Focus on Relationship Building
The final trait requires us to let go of our agendas and really make them friends. Think about the people closest to you. Chances are, it probably took you a long time to get where you are now. Focus on building a relationship will allow you to influence them. Relationships are the simplest way to show others the way.
All we have to do is start the conversation. Listen to them like a close friend, and seek to build a relationship that lasts beyond just what we agree or do not agree on religiously. Kindness and compassion can go a long way! I hope these are helpful to you! Our goal should always be to get those who are outside of Christ in Him!