If you have ever been out sharing the Gospel, one thing you realize is that you generally have less than a minute to state your case, to gain the attention of the individual. Dilly dallying around will lose their interest after a minute. They may bob their head, but I assure you that they are just being cordial at that point.
So here is the point, GET TO THE POINT. Don’t mess around or try to ease your way in to this. If the opportunity presents itself, you have approximately 30 seconds to share the Good News. Remember Satan and his demons can be present as well around these individuals, so you need to be prepared with the power unto salvation which is the Gospel.
So here are some tips.
1. Start with quickly explaining that we are all born sinners, all fall short of the glory of God.
2. Next quickly explain that there is no amount of church attendance or good works, volunteering, which can erase just one sin off our record.
3. Next explain that by Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross and faith alone in Him, that He he is the Christ, the Redeemer, He paid in full our sin debt, every single sin and by His rising we too shall rise from the dead.
Again, remember you have less than a minute so there is NO time in debating things on world religions or small talk or a ramping up or Scriptural lesson here. Your task is to hand out the Good News and let God do His work on the individual. If it is God’s will, they will then give you more than a minute to go in more depth.
In order to become comfortable in sharing the Gospel in less than a minute, you will need to just get out and practice doing so. At first it might seem uncomfortable, but let God guide your mouth and your feet in this, you will start to feel more comfortable. I would suggest if you have a stop watch on your phone, turn it to a minute and when you are done with your presentation, see how well you did. Maybe at fist you went over a minute, so try to fine tune your presentation, what did you add that didn’t need to be added.
And don’t worry about making mistakes, just learn from them. I think one I have made in the past was not to be prepared when the opportunity presented itself. I stumbled over my words trying to get this out quickly, so I learned to follow a process. Remember Paul and Silas talking to the Philippian jailer in Acts 16? They didn’t give the jailer a hour long sermon or say “I will send you a book” or “here is a Gospel tract”, they simply said “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved”.
The human’s attention span is much less than that of a dog, remember this. We will begin to tune out things after just one minute. Pastors should also remember this in their sermons, they need to get to the point of their theme in the first minute or they will find half of their flock sleeping through the rest.