Sharing your Christian faith: Four scenarios

How would you respond to these people?

"He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us." — 2 Corinthians 5:19-20

When was the last time someone in your life space asked you about your belief in and relationship with God?

Here are four scenarios Doug Samples created for teaching a course in evangelism.

Scenario 1

"I have always felt that Christianity was an ideal that was too difficult for me to achieve. I feel like I would never be able to live up to all of the expectations, rules, and demands in order to be considered a true follower of Christ. Being a follower of Christ places impossible demands and expectations that aren't realistic for humans. I'm not interested in being rejected or feeling like a failure again."

Scenario 2

"I'm not sure why I'm not a Christian. I believe in God, but I am just not ready for a commitment. I have enough commitments with getting married and with getting into medical school. There are so many rules in my life already. I don't need any more. There are already tons of people trying to tell me how to live my life."

Scenario 3

A twenty-year-old guy claims to be a Wiccan witch. He believes he is the highest power and that he chooses his own fate. Wiccans meet in sacred circles to perform sacred rituals. They also have large "gatherings." He says that "spells" work if you know what you are doing and you have the right incantations. He believes that the human body is dead from birth. He explained, "From the minute you are born, your body grows, but really you are starting to die. All of your living days, you are feeding your body to become a buffet for worms and insects." Life is, therefore, worthless.

He is very Gothic and says he lives a depressed life. To him, he can't believe in a God for whom there is no proof. He also feels that the Bible contradicts itself the whole way through. He said that he likes being depressed and that he doesn't want to change. He has a lot of doubts and feels trapped in a lifestyle. He told me that Christ didn't die for him, that Christ died because he got caught so they killed him.

He then dropped a bomb on me. "Where was God when my six-month-old sister died?" he asked.

Scenario 4

This is a 17-year-old guy from California. I asked why he didn't believe in God and he told me because it got in his way. He said there was a certain way he wanted to live his life and that God and Jesus and all of that got in the way.

He told me that to believe in God and Jesus takes a full commitment. He said it is something you should do with all that you are and that he couldn't do that. He even quoted the Bible where Jesus talked about counting the cost before you join. He said he wasn't ready, but maybe he would be someday. He had "things to do" before he could give up his life.

"Friends, we have nothing to do but save souls. We have nothing to do but offer new life through Christ. That's our calling, whoever we are. That's our response of faith to the joy of Christ's resurrection." — John Wesley

Reflection questions

  1. How would you address the concerns of someone who feels that being a follower of Christ comes with impossible demands and expectations?
  2. What approach would you take in engaging with someone who believes in God but is not ready for a daily commitment due to other priorities and the perception of too many rules?
  3. How would you respond to a person who identifies as a Wiccan and expresses a deep skepticism towards the existence of a personal God, feeling trapped in a lifestyle and questioning God's presence in the face of personal tragedy?
  4. How might you navigate a conversation with a teenager who sees faith in God as an obstacle to people living life on their own terms? What direction would you setter to conversation when talking to someone unprepared to make a full commitment to faith?
  5. How can the message of reconciliation and the offer of new life through Christ be effectively communicated to individuals with different backgrounds, doubts, and varying levels of readiness to embrace Christianity?

    -- Howard Culbertson,

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