Five Questions: Bridge Building with the Gospel
I have a growing concern for the lost in the world. My concern has gone through ebbs and flows over the years, but as I realize the lack of many days left in life (maybe thirty years), I realize I may not have much time to reach out to others.
There are few things in life more moving than to watch a person put their faith in Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross and His resurrection. There are few things more fantastic than to watch a rebirth happen before my eyes. There are few things that motivate me more than witnessing a person who becomes my spiritual brother or sister!
Do you get that opportunity very often?
One of the tools I use to transition to talk through the good news of Jesus Christ is to ask five questions. The questions are merely a tool to build a bridge to someone so I can share the greatest news in the world – that Jesus died on the cross for his/her sins and that he/she can grow in a relationship with the God of the universe. The questions are a tool to share that God loves him/her so much that God sent His only begotten Son to die on the cross for the sins of the world and that whoever believes in Jesus would have eternal life. That’s fantastic news!
Here are the five questions I use to start a discussion and build a bridge to a person:
- Do you ever talk about spiritual things?
- In your opinion, who is Jesus Christ?
- Do you believe in a heaven and a hell?
- If something tragic were to happen, do you know where you would go?
[If God asked, “Why should I let you into heaven?” what would you say?]
- If what you believed were not true, would you want to know the truth?
The answers to the first four questions don’t really matter too much, but they do tell me a great deal about where the person is spiritually. They tell me what the person is trusting in for salvation, if anything. They get the person talking and allow me to gain credibility that I am interested in them as a person (and I am!).
The main question is question number five, “If what you believed were not true, would you want to know the truth?” If they say yes, then I have a free and open door to walk through and share my faith. I’m not forcing myself onto the person. I give the person an opportunity to say no, before I start talking about Jesus. But once they say yes, then I can take them through a gospel presentation, whereby they can make the greatest decision of all time – accepting Jesus as Savior to become a child of God.
What do you use to build a bridge to talk to people about the Lord Jesus Christ? Does it work well? I’m interested in your feedback, because I want to be effective in building bridges and sharing Christ. Let’s go reach the world for the sake of Jesus!