Always Love Well
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (NIV)
As you reach out to those who aren’t walking with Jesus yet, asking short, open-ended questions can be as important as having answers.
Two questions can help you guide the conversation toward Jesus:
- Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in heaven?
- If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into My heaven?” what would you say?
The answers to these two questions will let you know if their future hope is in Jesus or something else. For more, see www.evangelismexplosion.org
Four helpful questions can help guide a conversation about beliefs and values.
1. What do you mean by that? Make sure you under-
stand what the other person means. Get the other
person’s definition of key words and ideas. Get their
2. Where do you get your information? What are
your sources? How reliable and trustworthy is the
information? Is it fact or opinion? Consider the
worldview behind the information.
3. How do you know that’s true? Does what you
believe align with reality? It’s legitimate to put the
burden of proof on the other person. People often
just repeat what they’ve heard. People may believe
something without asking if it’s true. You might also ask , “How did you arrive at that conclusion?”
4. What if you’re wrong? Lots of issues don’t matter
if you’re wrong, but some things have lasting
impact on us. The ultimate question is: What do you
believe about God? You might also ask, “Do you think that’s the whole story?”
For more helpful information, see www.probe.org