by Matt Brown
(Editor’s note: With this post, we continue our series One Question to the Gospel. We asked, “What one question has helped you begin a gospel conversation?”)
For every single one of us, someone talked with us or preached to us about the goodness and glory of the gospel. And we believed them. And we turned in faith to Jesus Christ. And our lives were better because of it.
Even people who made a decision for Christ while alone had gotten to the point of belief because someone had spoken, and asked a probing question, or shared their story.
How does this all start? Often, with a single question.
I’m the first to admit that using a standard question is not a good idea. We don’t want to sound forced or canned when spouting about the greatest story ever told. That wouldn’t be befitting of such good news. The last thing we want to do is sound like a used car salesman. The gospel is more important than this. It deserves the honor and respect that we would only give the greatest of news.
So we share it always with sensitivity and the greatest possible authenticity.
So take these single questions that are being offered in this series, and hold them loosely as a possible way God might use you to point to him.
Several friends of mine in Minneapolis serve as some of the greates examples of personally sharing their faith. I am constantly inspired by their passion to tell individuals throughout their day about the good news.
I had an opportunity to see one of them in action recently. The question he asked was simple: What is the greatest thing that has ever happened to you?
He has asked this question to hundreds of people. They seem to enjoy sharing their answer to this intriguing question, and typically respectfully ask back, “How about you?” And he shares with them – marrying his wife, having his kids were all beyond words amazing, but the very greatest thing was putting his faith in Jesus. And he begins a conversation with them about whether or not they have done this.
This is a great question anyone can use.
God can and will use a simple question to usher someone into the greatest life possible – life in His Son.
Matt Brown (@evangelistmatt) is an evangelist, author of Awakening (2015, Leafwood Publishers), and founder of Think Eternity. He and his wife, Michelle, are impacting thousands of people with the gospel each year through live events and online. They also minister to a quarter million followers on social media daily.