Someone recently tweeted me to ask how to go about witnessing to another person. Based on conversations that I was not involved in, it was apparently the tweeter’s impression that the other individual was not a believer and therefore the person that contacted me wanted to be careful in how he went about sharing his Christian faith.
If you are ever in that same type of situation, here are some suggestions from Dr. Alex McFarland, Christian apologist and co-host of Exploring the Word on American Family Radio:
- With a friendly and winsome spirit, ask questions such as, “Have you always felt this way or did something happen that caused you to change your beliefs?”
- Listen carefully and restate the other person’s position. Try to understand the real obstacle to faith.
- Avoid conversational “rabbit trails.”
- Even as you’re talking, silently pray for the Holy Spirit to be at work.
- Remember, winning an argument is not the goal. The call of the Christian is to testify, praying that the skeptic will consider the facts with an open mind and allow the Scripture to vindicate itself.
These suggestions were also published in the April 2019 edition of AFA Journal.