One good way to start a conversation about the Gospel is simply by asking: “What did you do this weekend?” Sometimes people will respond by asking you the same thing. This is your opportunity! Tell them what you did, especially what you did Sunday morning … and even one thing the Preacher said! May God give you boldness … and see if the fish will bite.
Or, you can initiate: “I was church this weekend and the Preacher said that being saved by Jesus Christ gives us hope. What do you think about that?” Or you could follow up with “What’s your ultimate hope?”
In vv. 3-5 Julian expounded on how “salvation gives us hope.” Peter writes that God caused us to be born again to a “living hope” (v. 3) to “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (v. 4). Julian noted how imperishable means “not subject to decay.” It’d help people to talk about the way houses, cars, toys, careers and people all decay and fade … and then contrast this with the imperishable and unfading inheritance that is in Christ. Hope, inheritance, and decay are categories that people understand and can relate to.
You could personalize it and tell them, “I have hope in Jesus Christ … a certain hope of an inheritance that is imperishable and kept in heaven for me.” How about you? What is your ultimate hope?” OR “What do you think is being kept for you? … Why?” These are the kinds of questions that people really ought to be thinking about. May we serve them by leading them into such thoughts … and even more, by proclaiming the Gospel (that is the only answer!).
Who knows where these types of questions will lead. I am praying that the Lord will give us boldness to ask people these kinds of questions this week. As for me, I hit the streets Saturday – please pray for me.