How do you Talk to Non Believers?

I bet like most who would be reading this you are a passionate believer and either you want to help spread the word and never have, or you have tried but get met with strong opposition.  Well guess what your not alone.  The first lesson that everyone who talks to others about Christ need to realize is that there is a time and place for everything, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. In the case of talking to anyone, believer, you have to have respect, timing, tact, grace, manners, and place.   I know what you are thinking, "I am a Christian and I am all those things".  In reality you could very easily be far from it.  You need to be PC about how you communicate.
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How can we reach this potential non believer?

Guess what it is not Politically Correct, it is Perfectly Christian.

Oh great he said PC.  I hate all that PC stuff.  Guess what it is not Politically Correct, it is Perfectly Christian.  Phew so you can relax.  But what is the PC or Perfectly Christian way to effectively communicate.  Lets take a journey through the life of Christ.  After all he is our supreme teacher and leader we look to for guidance.

The Sermon on the mount. Matthew 5:1-16
The sermon on the mount is an example of Jesus's ability to talk to the masses.

The Pharisees.  Matthew 23:15-28 and Mark 3:1-6
The Pharisees were a political slash religious party during the New Testament time.  Many of them were the leaders of the land and temples.  They were also considered the experts of the time for Jewish law, prophesies, etc.  In todays time this could be other church leadership or maybe even well educated members of religion.

Zacchaeus. Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector.  This is the ultimate for believers, as he was hated by everyone.  This man was considered a big sinner.  Christ offered him immediately a place of respect and honor and said that he wanted to stay at Zacchaeus's house.

The rich young ruler.  Mark 10:17-27A rich man comes to Jesus and asks about what else he needs to do to get to heaven.  He tells Jesus that he has kept the commandments.  The Christ tells him something that is hard that the man does not want to hear.  "If you sell all your possessions and give it to the poor you will have treasure in heaven; and come follow me."

Bad Communication 

Division. Romans 16:17-19
Watch out for those who try to divide and conquer your thoughts when communicating about the word.  Make sure that the things that you say to others can be backed up in scripture, and make your outward appearance fitting to the Lord's standard.

Not Listening and Anger. James 1:19
Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.  As you may know religion is sometimes a tough pill to swallow for some people.  Take your time in the conversation, listen to their troubles.  Sometimes the best things said is nothing at all and it may be an action that is needed.  If you treat the person right and pray for them, you will know when its time to speak.

The Christian Communication Motto

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Conversation Starters
  • In talking to people and friends have you ever put them in a place of honor and respect while starting your conversation?
Things To Try
  • Ask someone to go with you to a church or bible study.
  • During your day when communicating with people at work put someone up in a place of honor when starting the conversation.
Feedback/Comments - We really want to hear from you.

  • Do you have scenario ideas that you need help finding a way to communicate with someone?  
  • Have you ever asked anyone to church or about Christ?  How did it go?