Bible verses are great, I mean for believers of course. For us, they either confirm something in which we believe, offer a source of comfort in the midst of pains, or give something to cling to when life’s stuff gets us down. But for those who don’t know God, words of Scripture offer little more than pleasantries at best or condemnation and judgment heaped on by well-meaning Christians at worst.
Let me be clear, I love God’s Word. I trust it and try to live it, although I fall short more often than not. The Word itself says that to those in the world who are perishing “the words of the cross are foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
So how do we reach out to a lost and dying humanity? We should be meeting needs, real physical and emotional needs. We should develop relationships and then tell what God has done for us, using specific times and ways. People can argue religion; people will distort facts and history. The thing no one can argue with is how your life has been impacted by having come to Jesus. Your testimony is the one indisputable truth you have to offer the lost. If you don’t share it, who will?
It’s not hard; this is stuff you already know. Tell what you were like before you became a Christian, how you came to Christ, and how your life has changed since that time. Keep it short, fewer than five minutes is best. Remember you are not making a speech but are speaking to individuals with whom you have established a connection.
Move to Assurance’s website has great tips on preparing to share your story and some key phrases to avoid. Check out the link: http://www.missiontoamerica.org/index.html