Wikihow’s got an 8 step process for sharing the gospel with a complete stranger http://www.wikihow.com. I’ll admit, I laughed when I read it. Here’s the steps;
- Find someone who’s alone and engage them in conversation.
- Swing the conversation into the spiritual – you could ask them if they go to church, like that’s a normal question to ask a stranger on the street.
- Try to show him they’re sinners.
If they’re still willing to talk to you, they’re likely to say; “But I don’t believe in hell,” or, “Yeah, I’m a sinner, but I’m still going to heaven,” or “Yeah, I’m guilty and I’m going to hell.” I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do if they say something else.
- Now, tell them about the Holy Spirit. I’m not quite sure why, but there’s the advice.
- Finally, if you done your job well, they’re ready to hear about Jesus. If they’re not ready, it’s just their fault so don’t worry about it.
Okay, I’ll agree, my interpretation is a little irreverent. So perhaps I’ll offer my own rewrite;
- See someone and engage them in conversation. You could start with a simple, “how you doing?”
- Take an interest in who they are or what they’re doing. I asked a young man if he was still in school. “Yeah, I’m graduating soon.”
- Find something you can affirm. I said, “Hey, congratulations. You know what’s next?”… He told me his college plans and smiled while he was doing it.
- Bless them. Yup, I really mean that. It’s not hard. “Hey, that sounds great. May God bless you as you do it.” He grinned from ear to ear.
- If they tell you about a problem, offer to pray for them.
Look, I have no idea if the young guy loves Jesus or not. For all I know, he’s an acolyte or president of his youth group. If so, then he’s been warmly encouraged. If he’s completely unchurched or hostile to church, then he’s probably thinking, “Hey, check it out. That was kind of a nice church lady. I guess church people aren’t all that bad.”
Regardless, he’s not likely to say, “D**n! What’s she shoving religion down my throat for?”
I’ll admit, it’s not the whole story, but it’s a nice gift. Try it, let us know how it goes.