The Power of a Question

October 6, 2019 –

“A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.” ― Dale Carnegie

Few witnessing Christians will hear lost people say, “Give me some of this living water so I won’t get thirsty.” Seldom does a lost person ask, “What must I do to be saved?” 

Often when you witness, the other person is uninterested or defensive and won’t listen to your presentation. They rarely hear your points or understand the Scripture verses you are reading or quoting. Sometimes, they want to put you on the spot.

Sometimes you feel uncomfortable about sharing. Why not try a reverse method? Ask them, “why they aren’t saved?” Turn the focus on them and ask them to give a reason or reasons they don’t want to be saved?

You want to help people to say out loud their reason(s) for failure to be a Christian in a way that leads to seeing the weakness in their thinking. Your goal is to draw out the underlying reason they aren’t a Christian. The primary focus is on encouraging the original thinking of the other person as they try to answer your question.

As they talk, listen to their excuse(s). Once you have their objection, for not being a Christian, you know the objection you have to overcome.

When your prospect says things like “I never go to church.” Ask them why they don’t go to church? Then, listen to their excuse and offer correct information. They may answer your question, “Why aren’t you a Christian,” by saying, because the Christians I know are fake. Or, they may say, “Because I don’t know how.” 

Be alert to two keywords. “Why?” is essential because you are asking the other person to give you their reason for not being a Christian. When you hear the word “because,” They have provided you with the point you must overcome for them.

Allow the person who is convinced they don’t need Jesus to tell you WHY they don’t need Him. When they say BECAUSE… God reveals the objection you must overcome. Deal with the objection, and you may hear their next question, “What must I do to be saved?” The Apostle Paul gives you the answer, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ believe in your heart that God raised Him from the deadyou will be saved.” (Romans 10:9, HCSB)