Powerful Questions to Use in Witnessing
College ministry creates a new dimension in witnessing for Jesus. Many college students possess a post-Christian mindset. Many of these students remain ignorant to God, sin, creation, a future judgment, the Bible, and Christianity. Speaking about these things can seem like a foreign language to them.
Many of these young people are taught from grade school through high school that they are on earth through natural processes (evolution). There is no real purpose in life. Live and enjoy life and in the end that is it. Such a hopeless world-view!! No wonder suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students. No wonder drug overdoses are epidemic. When there is no hope found in life then it will seem so miserable.
The education system provides many logical reasons why to believe evolution is true. The system provides logical arguments why not to believe in God. This is saturated into the thinking of so many young people today. When the world gives twenty logical reasons why to believe evolution is the reason we exist but we as believers give only one, “believe it because that is what the Bible says” are we really confronting unbelief?
II Corinthians 4:3-4 says, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Notice that Satan blinds the “MIND” in this verse. He blinds the mind with all the seeming scientific logical reasons why not to believe in God. He has done a tremendous job! This is where the battle is at. The mind blocks the heart. We must be equipped and prepared to provide logical reasons why creation is true and why to believe in God. We must provide nothing less that what the world is.
In witnessing to college students it will be necessary to back up to creation. Begin with the fact that God created and that sin is in the world. Use the ten commandments to reveal sin is a student’s life. Help them see their need for Jesus. Then they will begin to understand why Jesus came and who He really is.
Use opened end questions to challenge the student’s thinking. I have used three that have been effective in my witnessing.
- How did you come to that conclusion?
- What do you mean by that?
- Where is that at in the Bible?
I was talking with the CFC campus minister from Florida State this week, Matt Phillips, about this very topic. He shared wth me a resource he has used effectively from Answers in Genesis that I thought was powerful. It is four questions from Bill Jack’s “Simple Tools for Brain Surgery”:
- What do you mean by that?
- How do you know?
- What difference does that make?
- What if you are wrong?
As you confront unbelief, the student may not become a follower of Jesus in the first conversation. It may take you more time to invest to remove the blinders off their mind. The student may not become a follower of Jesus right then but if you hear him or her say, “I never thought about that” or “I never thought about it that way”, this statement is a VICTORY!! This means you have challenged their thinking and and they are reprocessing what they believe. This is the first step in removing the blinders and God can use it in a mighty way in a young person’s life. Learn these questions and use them often in witnessing.