Last Sunday, we concluded a sermon series on evangelism. I do pray this will be a turning point in our church becoming more evangelistic, and seeing more people saved. May this not be the end, but rather the beginning of a new culture of evangelism in our lives and in the church.
When preaching on “The Conversation of an Evangelist” a few weeks ago, I shared several ways to have more fruitful, gospel-centered conversations, as Philip did with the Ethiopian eunuch.
During that message, I shared several tips for asking good questions, and promised I would send it out to everyone. As you can see, one of the keys to evangelism is becoming a better listener. Here’s the list for any blog readers interested…
NINE TIPS FOR ASKING GOOD QUESTIONS
By Will Metzger, Tell the Truth
- Take every possible chance to ask a searching question, then keep quiet.
- One thoughtful question is worth a dozen interrogative ones. The prod-and-pry approach makes people clam up.
- Questions that come close to people’s true interests get the best answers, provided we are interested.
- Be prepared to wait. Sometimes a long silence can be more rewarding than another question.
- In every case, the quality of an answer depends on the quality of attention given by the questioner.
- Questions must spring from honest inquiry, not from attempts at flattery or efforts to manipulate people’s thinking.
- Questions that deal with people’s feelings are more provocative than those that deal with facts. Listen for and encourage all expressions of feeling.
- What is our motive in asking questions? Are we just leading people on in order to argue or to trap them, or do we really care for them?
- Ask questions to help people tell their story, not just about what interests you or things you want clarified.
“Only a listening, loving heart can remove the mask we all wear”
Question: What kind questions help you with gospel conversations?
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