Treat Evangelism and Apologetics Like a First Date
Evangelism and apologetics is only as effective as the authentic relationship you have with folks.
By Nate Sala
A lot of people in the Church seem to be asking the same question more and more these days: How do I talk to people about my faith in Christ? This is an excellent question to ask! Particularly considering the current climate of tribalism, whataboutism, and the outrage culture, how are Christians supposed to navigate often difficult conversations in order to get to the Gospel in the 21st century?
I’ve spent the last nine years formulating an effective method of communicating why Christianity is true; and a lot of this has been through trial and error. And I do mean, a lot of error! But now I see that the difficulty in sharing our faith with folks is not rooted in whatever is happening in the news or academia or political correctness or even atheist websites. I am convinced that the difficulty in sharing our faith stems from our having forgotten how to be in relationship with each other.
I was watching Sean McDowell speak at a recent Biola event here in Las Vegas and he said something that we should let sink deep down into the grooves of our thinking. He said:
“WE’RE NOT GOING TO WIN PEOPLE BY BEING ARGUMENTATIVE. IT’S THE LOVE OF GOD THAT SOFTENS SOMEONE’S HEART.”
How many times have we communicated to someone on a topic related to our faith through frustration, anger, and/or condescension? How many times have we made speeches or lectured to someone where we began with, “You know what your problem is?” Folks, this is not the way…
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