How to Witness to Young Adults
Witnessing to young adults is exciting! After going out witnessing to different groups of people for years one things has stood out. This age group, like none other, is so open to talking and listening to you. So what do we say?
Breaking the Ice
Breaking that awkward first moments in conversation is relatively easy with a few starter questions that you can ask any college student. (Are you a student here? Where are you from? What are you studying? What year are you in school? Do you have a church home that you attend?). These questions will naturally begin the conversation and their answers will spark more talk. This will show the student you are interested in him/her and allow further conversation to flow naturally.
Turn the Conversation to Spiritual Matters
You are there for a reason, so as the Spirit leads, we must turn the conversation to spiritual matters. Again, there are some easy questions to ask to do this. I usually ask, “Do you mind if I ask you a question?” which 99% of the time they agree to and then follow with one of these questions. (Where will you go when you die? What do you believe about Jesus Christ? Do you have any kind of spiritual belief?). Always ask open ended questions to avoid getting just a yes or no answer.
Listen intently to what they have to say. It is important and will allow you to understand what they are thinking. They can see through you just rehearsing these questions like a salesperson. Make good eye contact, listening with your eyes. Even young people who are atheist, agnostic, or completely leery of religion will listen to what you have to say because you are interested in what they are saying.
Ask Questions to Stay in Control of the Conversation
Asking questions keeps you in control of the conversation and helps you learn quickly what someone believes. Using open ended questions is important because it makes the person think through what is being asked. Here are two questions you can use to help reveal flawed thinking and make the young person think through what they are saying, (How did you come to that conclusion? What do you mean by that?). Many times students will believe something because they heard it from somewhere else and have not really thought through it. Asking these questions will force the young person to think completely through what they are saying and accepting as truth.
Answer Their Questions, but Keep it Central to the Gospel
Answer their questions from the Bible and not from your opinion. Use the Bible and allow them to see and read the scriptures. Some questions and thoughts will begin to get you off track. We must remember to keep it central to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Always bring it back to Him if the conversation gets off track. Share the Gospel with them and bring them to a point of decision if possible. As with Paul, some will mock, some will put it off, but some will believe (Acts 17:32-34).
Of course the goal is for them to accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour. With so much confusion planted in the minds and hearts of our young people, many times the first encounter may not bring them to a ready point of decision. Many times the goal will be to leave them thinking. By challenging their thinking with asking questions, the Holy Spirit can use that to convict and draw them to Jesus at a later time. I have heard numerous stories about people coming to a realization of their need for Jesus as Saviour by the statement or question asked by someone trying to witness that they could not get away from. It may be you following up or another person trying to witness that brings them to Christ. We must remember what Paul said “I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (I Cor. 3:6).