How do you build bridges into conversations that count and start talking about things that really matter?
"A Jigsaw Guide to Making Sense of the World will help you share ultimate truth with ordinary people, and one of the most important things is knowing where to start!" The easy answer: It's best to start at the beginning, and the first thing to do is always the thing to do first. However, we need to add a little more detail to understand the application.
1 - If you are going to open your mouth the first thing to do is to close it. Learn to listen.
Find out where a person relates to the gospel and at that point you can relate the gospel to the person.
2 - If you want to share your faith, don't start by sharing your faith. Start by asking questions.
Learn to use open (who, what, where, when, why and how) and closed (answered "yes" or "no") questions.
3 - If you want to reach the world, don't start by getting on a plane. Start by speaking to the person next door.
God places us in circumstances where we are hand-picked to reach the people around us (Acts 17: 26-27).
A Jigsaw Guide to Making Sense of the World is a great resource for sharing ultimate truth with ordinary people, and it makes a great six-week study for your church or small group (with questions at the end of each chapter to encourage conversation). Find out more at www.amazon.com/author/alexmclellan And I'll close by reflecting on one online review...
[This book] contains a host of helpful information and unique insights. McLellan has the gift of being able to gracefully walk that tightrope of style that the layman can enjoy and the professional can appreciate...I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this as an addition to someone apologetic’s library—or even the first apologetics book a new believer reads. Which is high praise indeed.
Author and speaker.