Focus on the Family serves the culture according to five foundational pillars.
The first pillar is evangelism and discipleship. “We believe the ultimate purpose of life is to know and glorify God and to attain eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord, beginning within our own families and then reaching out to a suffering humanity that needs to embrace His love and sacrifice.”
Although every Christian would agree with that truth, many shy away from evangelism. Sharing one’s faith seems more difficult than ever. We guard so carefully against taking an aggressive, “in your face” approach that we become silent, “undercover Christians.”
Is there a middle ground?
Greg Koukl is answering that question on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Finding Peace in Your Everyday Life.” He is an apologist and the founder and president of Stand to Reason Ministries. He’ll teach you simple and practical ways to share your faith confidently and lovingly.
Greg describes four strategies for engaging in faith-building conversations with others:
- Tactic 1: Colombo – Use questions, not statements, to help the other person think about issues of faith or moral topics.
- Tactic 2: Arguments that Self-Destruct – Through questions and logic, you can help someone realize on their own that their worldview self-destructs under its own weight.
- Tactic 3: Taking the Roof Off – Taking other people’s view to a logical end can help them recognize the absurdity of their logic.
- Tactic 4: Inside Out – This is not so much a specific maneuver as a frame of mind. Everyone is made in the image of God and must live in the world that God has made. Therefore, the seed of God’s truth exists within them, and what God has put on the inside will eventually come out on the outside.
The more confidence you have in your Christian faith and the more you understand how to share your views, the more courage and grace you’ll have engaging other people.
Greg Koukl is the author of many books, including Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions. It’s available for a gift of any amount. Visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459).