3. Be credible.
Firstly, nobody likes to hear about religion from some clueless guy sitting in his basement, commenting on facebook because he has too much time on his hands. Secondly, nobody takes a person seriously when they’re saying, “Well somewhere in the Bible it says___.” Credibility is important when you want to talk about something as big as theology. Here’s a few practical ways to have credibility (without getting a degree in biblical studies/theology):
- Read constantly. Read the Bible and study materials. Get some books about apologetics and arguing your faith effectively. Don’t come into a conversation blindly.
- Proofread your response if it’s online. You have more credibility when you can effectively type and construct sentences.
- Don’t speak if you don’t know. This is probably the most important part of evangelism. You do more danger when you speak out of your rear-end than when you simply say you don’t know and you will get back to them.
- Also, get back to them. You establish a lack of credibility when you don’t fulfill promises to answer someone’s questions.
- Don’t share stupid stuff on facebook (I’m looking at you, Mr. Type-Amen-for-Heaven-Scroll-for-Hell).
God’s word regarding being knowledgeable before you speak:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” ~ Colossians 3:16