I took a class at a local church recently that taught evangelism. I was so pleased to hear that there was a local church offering such a class and looked forward to it very much. At the class, I learned a great deal that helped me in my witness for Christ. The main strategy that the Pastor taught was called the “3 Questions” approach.
The idea of this approach is to engage with someone about the Gospel by asking them 3 questions. You can begin the conversation by stating that you have a few spiritual questions for someone. Most people will oblige to this without hesitation. The questions are as follows:
- If you were to die today, have you come to a place where you are certain that you would go to heaven?
- If you were to die today, and God asked you why should He let you into heaven, what would you say?
- Do you believe the Bible is the Word of God, cover to cover?
The first 2 questions were originally coined by Dr. D. James Kennedy who started the ministry Evangelism Explosion. His church was about to fold before he began using these questions to engage people with the Gospel. He and his church members began talking to people in their community in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His church ended up growing from 17 to 2,000 people in 12 years of ministry. His church became the fastest growing church in the nation and his evangelism training is now used around the world.
The reason the Pastor at my class added the 3rd question was because in his experience, if someone believes in the Bible, you can use very simple Scriptures to explain their need for Jesus. If they don’t, it is much more difficult and can require a different strategy to convince them of their need for Christ.
These questions enable you to get right to eternity and how someone believes they can get to heaven. Many people answer that good works will get them there. However, this approach enables you to explain how God’s grace, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, is the only way to heaven.
Our homework assignment for the class was to use the 3 questions to start Gospel conversations with people. I ordered a drink from Bigby and because the coffee shop was slow, asked the barista if I could ask her a few questions for a class I was taking.
She came over from behind the desk after finishing up something and engaged with me at my seat. I shared the questions with her and she expressed that she was not certain that she would go to heaven. I forget exactly how she answered the second question, maybe citing good works in her life, but she was clear that she was unsure about her eternity.
I took the opportunity to ask her if she would like to know how she could be certain that she was going to heaven. She said “yes” emphatically. I explained to her that she, like every other human, has sin in her life. I then explained that Jesus died so that her sin could be forgiven and if she put her trust in Him, she could have eternal life. I asked if there was anything holding her back from putting her faith in Christ. She said “no”. I shared a prayed for her to follow and she did so joyfully. Then she said, “Thank you so much, you have no idea how much I needed this today.”
Truthfully, I do know how much she needed it and it was not just for that day! My prayer for her is that she finds a church and someone to help her become a true disciple of Christ. Would you join me in praying for her when you think of her?
Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest.” Verse 36 states that Jesus looked at the crowds with compassion and saw them as sheep without a shepherd.
I want to pray today that you would have the same compassion as Christ for those around who have yet to hear the good news He offers! I pray that the Lord of the harvest would send you out. Let my short story be an encouragement to you. There are people out there ready to accept the Gospel. Nothing is holding them back, they just need a messenger.
As Romans 10:14 says, “How can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?” Let’s make Him known today, because the harvest is plentiful at coffee shops and anywhere your feet step today!