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Evangelism Can Be as Natural as Conversation

The Living Bible translates 1 Corinthians 9:22, “… whatever a person is like, I try to find common ground with him so that he will let me tell him about Christ and let Christ save him.” Randy Raysbrook of the Navigators in the Jan/Feb, 1994 issue of Discipleship Journal gives some pointers in finding that “common ground.”

  • Be natural. Normal conversation is fluid and respectful, allows for humor and invites response.
  • Be open and willing to admit your struggles and failures.
  • Be respectful, look at people for what they are as well as what they can become.
  • Be simple. Communication increases as simplicity does. Don’t let Christian jargon get in the way.
  • Don’t forget what it was like to be a non-Christian.
  • Look forward to hindsight. Unbelievers will understand some things only after looking back on them.

Lifeline (A Men’s Life Evangelism Newsletter), Fall, 1995