Here’s a simple way to practice sharing your faith, and learn how to be more effective at the same time. It will help you minimize Christianese (expressions spoken and understood only by other Christians) in your spiritual conversations.
- Scribe It: Write a presentation of the gospel or your personal testimony of becoming a Christian.
- Share It: Give it to a Christian or non-Christian, and ask them to review it. A Christian should mark any words or phrases that could be misunderstood by an unbeliever. The non-Christian simply marks what isn’t clear to them.
- Swallow It: When you receive their review, you may be able to skip this step, but if your pride is getting in the way of accepting what the reviewer has to say, swallow it.
- Simplify It: Rewrite the areas that need help, trying to replace the potentially confusing sections with common words and phrases, that are clear and concise.
- Share It (again): Repeat steps 2-4 until the reviewer finds nothing unclear.
If you want some help with this exercise, we have links to online articles and glossaries of Christianese on our website.