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Difficult people are people who stand against the basic truths of Christianity. The issues can vary from the reliability of the Bible, to the identity of Jesus Christ, to the way of salvation, etc.
Anything and/or everything that stands contrary to the Bible.
There are 4 basic questions you can ask:*
*Used by permission from Bill Jack & Andrew Heister
For instance, if they say, "I am an atheist," you can ask these questions:
"What do you mean by 'atheist'?"
"Do you mean there is absolutely no God?"
"Do you mean that you don't know personally if there is a God?"
"How do you know that there is no God?"
"Have you been everywhere in the universe?"
"What solid evidence can you produce to prove your position?"
"What difference has atheism made in your life?"
"Has it given you a purpose to live for?"
"What fulfillment has it brought you?"
"What if you're wrong and the God of the Bible is real?"
"If you're right, I have nothing to worry about, do I?"
"But if you're wrong, what are the consequences?"
These questions can lead someone to the logical "end" of his/her system of thinking.
If a person doesn't believe in the truth of the Bible, then push him/her to be consistent with his/her own belief system. For instance:
If they say: "I don't believe in God."
You may say: "Then why do you believe murder is wrong?"
If they say: "I don't believe in absolutes."
You may say: "Do you believe that absolutely?"
If they say: "I don't believe in a God I've never seen."
You may say: "Have you ever seen your brains?"
In this passage, Paul uses a religious shrine as a conversation starter and quotes a secular poet to gain common ground with his audience. If the person believes in the truth of the Bible, take the common ground by showing him/her passages that differ with his/her beliefs. If the person doesn't believe in the Bible, try to use things that they believe in to support your position.
"You talk for a few minutes and I'll listen without interrupting. Then I'll do the same. OK?"
Let them start. (Remember to keep the terms of the talk yourself and make sure they do, too!) Listen to their viewpoint. Don't just listen to argue. Listen to understand. Restate their viewpoint back to them with terms like, "so what you are saying is this...". Once you understand their viewpoint (and they feel you understand it), then you are ready to evaluate what they believe Biblically. James 1:19 reminds us to
"...be quick to listen and slow to speak and slow to become angry."
Your salvation story (testimony) is personal and powerful!
There are 3 elements to a testimony:
Note: Remember that your ultimate weapons are prayer and the gospel message! Don't get distracted from the gospel message! Your goal is not to win an argument, but to win a person! Pray for them as you share the gospel!
As you witness, trust in the Spirit to give you wisdom! (Matthew 10:19,20) Remember that only as you yield fully to the Spirit of God can He truly take control of your mind and your mouth! Keep in mind that it is the Holy Spirit who convicts people of sin and converts people to Christ.
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