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Big Rocks for Strong Christ-followers

You are not likely to convince unbelievers just because you throw a Bible verse at them

Big Rocks for Strong Christ-Followers
Today’s Big Rock: Jesus Wants Witnesses – Part V

Scripture Foundation: Acts 1:8

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

I think that most of us are prone to argue with anyone who disagrees with our point of view.

If you are married, you undoubtedly have had arguments with your spouse. Isn’t it true that one or both of you started giving reasons why the other person’s opinion was wrong?

Imagine this. Suppose the next time your spouse disagrees with you, you respond with kindness and respect, and ask questions about why they feel the way they do rather than asserting your own point of view.

If you approach an argument like this, you can still explain your ideas. But try making the explanation of your perspective a secondary goal.

When you get into conversations with unbelievers about God, what is your approach?

Do you first try to think of a Bible verse to defeat their way of thinking? Does your mind start racing about how to convert them over to your way of thinking?

The truth is that many of us would have to plead guilty to those last two questions. However, we can train ourselves to do better and to respond God’s way.

Isn’t it true that you are not going to convince most unbelievers because you throw a Bible verse at them? Isn’t it also true that any “strong arm” attempts on our part turn most unbelievers off and make that conversation more of an argument rather than a positive moment for God’s Kingdom?

What would happen if we all train ourselves to respond with questions rather than arguments?

I think this would be a great question: “Tell me more about why you feel that way or why you think that way?”

Questions like that could lead to some very positive conversations and be more likely to result in a chance to talk about the reasons for your hope in Christ.

Join me in trusting that God was right when He inspired Peter to write:

But do this in a gentle and respectful way. (1 Peter 3:15b-16a)

Father, when you open the door for some questions from an unbeliever, help me treat them with gentle respect. In Jesus’s name, amen.