I heard a sermon once that stressed the fact that if we truly love people we will be compelled by our conscience to tell them about the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I do feel this way, but I wonder what it looks like to actually do it. I would like to start sharing my faith more, so I started looking around for tips on how to do it.
The two best resources I found for learning how to share my faith are: "Tactics, A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions" by Greg Koukl (download PDF file here: Get Tactics PDF) and this article by Frank Turek (download PDF file here: Top Ten Questions To Ask Skeptics). I really enjoyed reading "Tactics" because my husband and I are huge Columbo fans and Greg uses Columbo's custom of asking questions as a model for sharing your faith.
Another great tip I found for getting conversation about Christianity started is to ask: "What do you think happens when you die?" Ray Comfort has been doing street preaching for many years and incorporates this question in his conversations with unbelievers. He also asks them questions such as:
- Would you consider yourself a good person?
- How many lies have you told in your life?
- Have you ever stolen anything?
- Have you used God's name as a cuss word?
- Have you ever looked with lust at a women or a man?
After the person has answered these questions, Ray asks the person if God would consider them innocent or guilty on judgement day. For an example of his preaching see: The Best of Ray Comfort.
It's hard to fathom how God can be perfectly loving and perfectly just at the same time but I look at it with an eternal perspective. Some people seem to get away with committing terribly evil acts, but I believe this scripture that in essence states that people who commit evil acts will have to pay the consequences of their actions: "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord." (Romans 12:19)
I wouldn't consider God to be a loving God if He didn't punish evil people such as Hitler and serial killers like Ted Bundy. I'm extremely glad and grateful that God in His love for mankind, sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross to take the punishment we all deserve for our sin and rebellion against His law, which was given to guide and protect us.