Knowing how to witness and share the Gospel with unbelievers can be challenging. Add a global pandemic and societal upheaval to the tone surrounding the conversation, and it becomes even more difficult. The bottom line, it’s a struggle to reach out to people right now when anxieties and tensions are high and there is a fear of the unknown.
In Matthew 28: 16-20, Jesus tells His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. As followers of God, this is our Great Commission. Regardless of circumstances, the mission to bring people to Christ doesn’t cease. In unprecedented times, we have opportunities, a responsibility to spread God’s love, and witness to unbelievers. We have the chance to share Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross for our eternal salvation.
Approach the Conversation with Love
How can we accomplish this in the current state of our world?
We can start by compassionately initiating an open discussion rooted in biblical truth. Wisely prepare for apprehension, and possibly resistance. Keep our Second Commandment, Mark 12: 31, close to our hearts and at the front of our minds. Love our neighbors above ourselves and ensure we practice patience, respect, and poise.
2 Timothy 2: 14-26 provides an invaluable reminder we are to do our best to present ourselves to God as one approved. A worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. Being Godsent as the disciples is truly a great commission.
Find the Truth Amongst the Falsehoods
Society is presently plagued by more than COVID-19 and rampant injustices. This state of affairs is amplifying false teachers. They’ve departed from the truth and are destroying the faith of some, similar to Hymenaeus and Philetus. Fear is beginning to flow freely. This is when focusing on Biblical truth is most critical.
This passage also calls to mind that as the Lord’s servants, we’re not to be quarrelsome or resentful. We’ll be kind to everyone, gently instruct, and have nothing to do with foolish and stupid arguments. We’ll turn away from wickedness and we will not be departed from the truth.
Draw Upon Godly Wisdom When You Witness to Unbelievers
Another helpful strategy is to make it personal. Share our experiences and testimonies. Tell our stories about how God has worked in our lives. This is an exemplary way to witness to unbelievers, connect, and make them more comfortable. Hopefully, this leads to a moment when we’re able to graciously and empathetically ask them about their journey and if they’re having any current struggles.
Having a relevant verse memorized or having access to a Bible, whether physical or digital, can be a wise and advantageous method to assist you in the conversation. To take it a step further, having a pocket Bible or some literature to give them can go a long way.
Embody God’s Grace and Glory
Most importantly, as we’re reminded in 1 Peter 4: 8-11, “above all, we must love each other deeply and offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. As faithful stewards of God’s grace in various forms, we’re called to use our gifts to serve others. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.”
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