In witnessing, the role of talking is frequently overemphasized. Does that sound strange? It’s true. Silence and especially true listening are often the strongest testimony of our faith. A major problem for Christian evangelism is not getting people to talk, but to silence those who through their continuous chatter reveal a loveless heart devoid of confidence in God.
— Dallas Willard, quoted in Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman, p. 248
Needless to say, you should evangelize your friends, but don’t forget the silent evangelism of listening when they grieve and offering your arm when they stumble.
— J. Budziszewski, from How to Stay Christian in College, p. 171
I do not believe there is any one system of apologetics that meets the need of all the people, any more than I think there is any one form of evangelism that meets the need of all the people. It is to be shaped on the basis of love for the person as a person.
— Francis Schaeffer, from A Christian View of Philosophy and Culture, p. 177
We must remember that the person to whom we are talking, however far from the Christian faith he may be, is an image-bearer of God. He has great value and our communication to him must be in genuine love. Love is not an easy thing; it is not just an emotional urge, but an attempt to move over and sit in the other person’s place and see how his problems look to him. Love is a genuine concern for the individual.
— Francis Schaeffer, from The God Who Is There, p. 120
Since there’s often a difference between what we say and what others hear, don’t give them the chance to misunderstand. Instead of using emotive “faith” language, use the language of truth. Don’t talk about your faith; talk about what you think is true. Don’t talk about your beliefs; talk about your convictions, about what you’ve been convinced of. Don’t talk about your personal values; talk about what is actually right and wrong.
— Greg Koukl, from Dear Friend, p. 30
There are five Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and the Christian, and some people will never read the first four.
— Gipsy Smith
Emotionally as well as intellectually, we must look at the man before us as our kind. This man is our counterpart; he is lost, but so once were we. We are one flesh, one blood, one kind.
— Francis Schaeffer, from The God Who Is There, p. 121
In the ruins of Yugoslavia, during World War II, an evangelist by the name of Jakob Kovac went to nearby villages to tell people about God’s love. He had walked ten kilometers to see an old man named Cimerman and his family.
Cimerman said to him, “Permit me to ask you if you are aware of what is being done in the name of your God of love.” Continue reading
The old axiom, “People don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care” still applies.
— Sean McDowell, from Passionate Conviction, Paul Copan and William Lane Craig, editors, p. 268
Donald Barnhouse said there were two reasons people don’t become Christians. One, they don’t know any Christians. Two, they do.
— Greg Koukl, from Ambassador Basic Curriculum, Course One, section I. C.