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October 30, 2013


5 ways to get a person to ask questions about faith

by Dave Malnes

Asking questions about faith reveals an inward desire of the heart to know God and be right with Him.

In cross-cultural ministry, a significant step is achieved when you get a person to ask you a question about Christ and His Word.

I have learned the hard way that you can’t force the teaching of God’s Word. Glazed over eyes and polite smiles were customary to these untimely approaches. Building a bridge of trust is very helpful before ears become attentive, hearts become open, and questions are asked.

The Apostle Paul seemed to understand this approach.

Considered the greatest missionary the world has ever known, Paul took time to understand his audience. He understood the importance of a question asked.

Upon entering Athens, Paul brought with him a buzz that captured the attention of thought influencers, and his teachings pricked their curious ears.

“Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, “May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want would like to know what they mean.”  (Acts 17:18c-20)

Paul’s message centered on the gospel of Christ. His words rested on the power behind the Word. Reason would not win the day, but simply open the door to a strange and mysterious truth that defies human logic.

But more importantly, Paul got the Athenians to ask him a question.

God works in unusual ways. When God directs us to a field, or an unbeliever into our lives, we tend to see the weeds of disinterest. We don’t see what seeds that have already been planted.

But God does. And he sees a field ripe for harvest.

Two ladies talking

There are people who are searching for truth and want to ask questions, but are not sure who to ask or who to trust. Be that person they can trust.

Here are 5 ways to get a person to ask a question about our faith:

*          Reveal your sincere concern through careful listening.
[Lending an ear helps build that bridge.]
*          Discover their particular stresses or concerns.
[Ask questions.]
*          Discern opportunities as divine appointments
[Always be ready for an answer.]
*          Provide “teasers” that touch on their stresses or concerns.
[Think of radio or television shows that provide teasers to keep you listening after commercial break. In the same way, think of something you can say about God’s Word that is both meaningful to you and addresses their concerns. Then, stop and wait for their question, which invites you to continue.]
*          Be patient, prayerful, and persistent.
[Remember that God is with you.]

The greatest and most fulfilling adventure of being a willing servant of God is when he uses us to share the gospel message with others. It’s one of the best ways to exercise our faith, and we will be blessed for it.


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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. JD Blom
    Oct 30 2013

    Reblogged this on A DEVOTED LIFE.


  2. Oct 30 2013

    Thanks for a great post on practical ways we can help the lost engage us in spiritual conversations.


    • Oct 30 2013

      Thank you very much for the reply. So many times we just don’t know how to start those conversations! I hope this helps.


  3. Oct 30 2013

    Thank you for the helpful information. My challenge is coming up with effective “teasers.” I need to pray about that!


    • Oct 30 2013

      That’s a good point. For me, if I know of a specific challenge facing that person’s life, I will think and pray about a short response. For instance, “You know, I’ve been praying about your anger and the guilt that you expressed to me. Whenever I deal with frustrations in my job, the pastor at my church shared with me an amazing example of how to deal with it. It really gave me a sense of peace.” Then, stop and see if they will “tune in” to listen by asking a question like, “So, what did he say?” I hope this helps.


      • Norma
        Oct 30 2013

        WOW! These ideas are great. Now I have to remember them. 🙂 I love your posts, Dave.


      • Oct 30 2013

        Thanks, Norma. I love your encouragement!


  4. Oct 30 2013

    Reblogged this on SonShine's Journal and commented:
    Great ideas that get us thinking about how to reach out!


  5. Oct 30 2013

    Reblogged this on Thoughts on the Edge (of Town) and commented:
    No one is interested in having a book thrown at them and certainly not the Bible. As Christ-followers, our witness comes through our listening and caring.


    • Oct 30 2013

      When you say “Biblical Christian” to most people there is a negative connotation associated with it. Christians tend to get in the way of God’s Word with unloving attitudes and actions. Thanks for the reblog.



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