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.
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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