Many of us haven’t found a way to talk about the gospel in the natural flow of a friendly conversation. So rather than awkwardly force the topic, we usually avoid talking about the gospel at all.
Peruvian skateboarder Freddy Sinarahua Apuela shared in a video interview how he learned to introduce the gospel by talking about his spiritual journey and telling a Bible story.
Just as Freddy learned, your story doesn’t have to come off as mechanical or rehearsed. You can find natural bridges in conversations that link your faith story to your friends’ spiritual journey. To get started, use these steps to prepare your story:
Think through your spiritual journey and note the times you’ve been especially aware of your need for the gospel. What made you aware of that need? Why and how did you reach out to Jesus? How did he respond? How is your life different now?
Consider which Bible stories communicate the biblical truths the Holy Spirit spoke to you during those times. For example, does your story include:
- Healing (Matthew 9)
- Someone else sharing their story of belief in Jesus (John 4)
- Conviction from the Bible (Acts 8)
- A physical need being met (Matthew 32)
- A former life of greed (Luke 19)
- The generosity of others (Luke 10)
- God restoring a life of rebellion or religion (Luke 15)
- A former life of religious hypocrisy (Matthew 23)
Craft a brief story about one of your experiences (from step one) and pair it with a similar Bible story (from step two).
Note: Unless you have a unique opportunity, people usually don’t have time to listen to a monologue, and most Westerners lose interest at about the two-minute mark.
Brainstorm follow-up questions that may lead to gospel-centered conversations about God’s character, our sin, Jesus’s death and resurrection, and our necessary response of repentance and belief. You may want to ask something like, “Have you ever felt you needed that (restoration, redemption, rescue, cleansing)?” Or, “Have you ever wanted to walk away from that (sin, rebellion, disbelief, fear, shame) too?”
Listen to what people are saying that resembles your need for the gospel. Relate their need to your spiritual journey and the Bible story. Be sure to listen to how they answer your follow-up questions, and be ready to pray with them. If they have a positive response, invite them to hear more Bible stories at a later time.
One of the best things about being a Jesus follower is that when he commanded us to make disciples, he promised, “I am with you always.”
And Remember . . .
- Start with your own circle of influence. In Freddy’s case, he had already established trust with his family and his skateboarding friends before following Christ. Rather than shedding his old life entirely, he found opportunities to talk with skateboarders about his faith and started a Bible study for skateboarders.
- As tempting as it is, you don’t have to wait for a church-facilitated, gospel-sharing event to tell someone your story. Many people—especially introverts—find it’s much easier to talk about the gospel in a natural conversation in a normal setting.
- You may find that some people reject Christ, and thus you, when you tell them your story. Sure, rejection hurts, but their rejection does not change the truth of how the power of the gospel has transformed you and set you free. Lean into the truth of the gospel in those times and keep telling others how it has been good news for you.
- One of the best things about being a Jesus follower is that when he commanded us to make disciples, he promised, “I am with you always.” The God of the universe is with you when you talk about him. How empowering is that?