From Josh McDowell*
First of all, make sure your life backs up your words of proclamation. If people don’t see it in your life and in your attitudes, no matter how well you present the Gospel, your words will fall on deaf ears.
Second, listen to the other person. Ask him or her, “What is your spiritual journey?” Do this before you share your own. This communicates that you care.
Third, declare biblical truth within the context of your own testimony. I share my story, but I proclaim truth within it.
Next, be ready to defend your faith. As 1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (NIV). Which simply means, when somebody asks, “Why do you believe in Jesus?” give an answer. “Why do you believe in the Bible?” Give an answer.
But when you witness, make sure you use Scripture because God promises to honor His Word.
And finally, call for a decision. That’s where most people miss out. We tell our story and everything else, but we don’t ask for a decision. That’s essential!
You can learn more from Josh when he leads “Unshakable Truth, Relevant Faith” at The Cove. Click here to learn more.
*Excerpts from a recent interview with Decision magazine.