As promised, Bill Fay’s five questions:
Bill Fay wrote a remarkable book some years ago titled, Share Jesus Without Fear. In it, he shares his testimony and the way that he goes about moving conversation to the gospel. We always want balance between sensitivity, warmth, and compassion on the one hand and bold, authoritative, clarity on the other hand in our proclamation of the gospel.
About ten years ago I ran across his book and it has revolutionized how I move to the gospel. I find that it is sensitive, not pushy, and very natural. A couple of points before I give Bill’s five questions.
- I do not have the spiritual gift of evangelism.
- I am not naturally bold.
- I am not naturally fearless when it comes to sharing my faith.
- I sometimes have a greater fear of men than I have of God.
One More Thing: Have you ever thought about the fact that nowhere in the Scripture are we commanded to pray for the salvation of the unredeemed? Nowhere. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t pray for their salvation, I’m just pointing out that we aren’t commanded to pray for it. Hmmmmm. Why?
My Conclusion: God doesn’t need to command us to do things that he knows our natural tendency is to do. We will pray for the unsaved. Why? Because it is easy to do. It is a spiritual activity that is easy, painless, and safe. We do it easily almost without thinking, like breathing. On the other hand, there are numerous passages where we are commanded to pray for boldness, or where NT figures ask others to pray for their boldness in proclaiming the gospel. Hmm. Why is that?
A Second Conclusion: God commands us to do those things which he knows are not our natural tendency. He commands us to do those things that are right to do but that we tend to shy away from, avoid, or neglect. He commands us to proclaim because it is harder, sometimes an opportunity to be rejected, and risky and without his command, we will only pray. Okay, Bill Fay’s five simple questions:
- Do you have any kind of spiritual belief system?
- Where does Jesus fit into your spiritual belief system?
- Do you believe in a heaven or hell?
- If you were to die, where would you go according to your spiritual belief system?
- If what you believed wasn’t true, would you want to know?
You ask each question and shut up. Just listen. Let the person tell you anything they want to related to the question you asked. For some it will be 30 seconds for others the answer may take 30 minutes. But all you do is ask a question and listen to the answer. With each answer that they give, you move to the next question. The fifth question is the turning point. You ask it and like each of the other questions, you shut up and listen.
If the person says “yes” you move to whatever gospel presentation you are comfortable with or trained with. Bill Fay likes to use his Bible and walk the person through the Roman Road. And again, his pattern is to turn to a passage and ask a question. “Would you read this verse for me?”
“Out loud?” is often the response, to which Bill Fay says, “Yeah.”
The person reads the verse, and then Bill asks, “What does that mean?” If the person interprets the text properly, he moves to the next verse in the Roman Road. If they don’t understand the verse, he asks another question, “would you read that again?” He doesn’t move to the next verse until they understand what they have read.
I try to keep these short so come back Friday and I will finish this up. You have to know what to do if a person says “no” to question 5.