Be Bold and Wise
Brother Jeff, a recent guest on VOM Radio, is a Christian worker in Muslim countries. He offered suggestions about sharing the gospel with people in other places — or even in your own hometown! Read some of his suggestions below.
1. Be bold [and wise] in sharing the gospel, even in hard places.
2. If you go with just blind boldness, you are not going to reach your neighbor, you are just going to offend them.
3. To find a balance between wise and bold, we really need to listen to the Holy Spirit in our lives.
4. Pray for boldness and wisdom.
5. Build friendships, but be bold in your friendships, saying, “This is who Jesus is in my life. I’d like to introduce you if you are interested.”
6. When you see a Muslim, don’t be afraid to go up and say hi. [Always ask a mature Christian adult to go with you when you talk to someone you don’t know.]
7. Muslims usually don’t mind you praying for them. When I go into a Middle Eastern restaurant where most likely the staff are Muslims, I will say, “Hey, we are about to pray for our meal. How can I pray for you?” Often they will tell you something that you can pray for. I pray with them about whatever need they are sharing.
8. Ask people, “What is your story?” [Richard Wurmbrand, the founder of The Voice of the Martyrs, said, “More souls are won by listening to people than by speaking to them.”]
9. Keep growing in your own faith.
10. Pray that we won’t be distracted by all the many other things that are great opportunities, but are not what God has for us if we are going to be effective in reaching people.
(Source: VOM Radio. Edited for length, clarity, and age appropriateness)