SALT: The Secret to Starting Conversations, Building Relationships, and Sharing the Gospel
This week’s teaching is from guest contributor Evangelist Bonny Andrews.
I have a big statement: God is moving across America, and I don’t want you to miss the harvest.
Don’t sleep on it!
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or a businessperson, this is the wave we’ve been waiting for. This is the moment to start a business, create a product, start a church or a meeting, or start a revival meeting.
When you have a revival meeting in the church, show up! Seek God and look at how His hands are moving in your life. Don’t look at God as an ATM where you just ask for things you want. Instead, seek His face, just like Moses did.
Let me tell you something: the anointing is not for you to just chill out in church. Church has become like a holy nightclub with good beats and coffee. The anointing is for an assignment. That assignment is not for you; it’s for others. The anointing on your life is not for you to just soak in; it’s for others to go through you and into the lives of others.
Look at the life of Jesus. It was all about people. He was in the people business, and all night he soaked in the anointing to do work all day. Soaking in the anointing is just the comma; preaching the gospel is the next piece.
It’s not just to feel goosebumps in your body or sit around and chill with cool people. The Spirit of the Lord is upon you, and the word “anointing” means to rub. The oil has been rubbed on you, signifying a divine assignment on your life, and the anointing is for you to fulfill that assignment.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, and what is He anointing me for?
Number one: to proclaim the good news, in other words, to preach the good news and share it with others.
Has God done something good in your life?
Have you been healed or saved?
If so, share that good news with others.
You can’t take your cool, swag, or material possessions to heaven. You can only take people. Please take some people to the other side of eternity. When I get to heaven, I want to see many people I need to high-five.
So, don’t sleep on the harvest! Wake up and fulfill the assignment that God has given you.
Mark 16:15 says, “Go ye into all the world.”
Too many people are afraid and unsure how to ‘go into all the world.’ But I’ve found there’s something that crushes the fear and helps anyone share the Good News of Jesus.
It’s called SALT, an acronym for sharing the gospel.
S – Start a Conversation
A – Ask Questions
L – Listen
T – Tell Your Story
And here’s how you do it.
Start a Conversation
So you’re at a coffee shop and see someone standing in line. You think to yourself, “Should I say something? Should I start a conversation?” Well, that’s exactly what SALT is all about – starting a conversation. It’s the first step in sharing the gospel.
Starting a conversation can lead to amazing opportunities to share your faith. You may meet someone who’s struggling and needs encouragement. You may meet someone who’s searching for meaning in their life. You never know until you start talking.
Once you’ve started a conversation, the next step is to ask questions. People love talking about themselves, so allow them to do so. Ask them about their interests, their passions, and their struggles. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn about someone just by asking questions.
EXTRA: Hear the fantastic story that went viral on the Internet of how Bonny spent three hours asking questions to a couple he met on the plane. He learned about their backgrounds, their careers, and their dreams. And by doing so, he could connect with them on a deeper level and share his own story and love of Jesus.
The third step in SALT is to listen. Getting caught up in our thoughts and opinions is easy, but it’s essential to take a step back and listen to what the other person is saying. By doing so, we show that we value their thoughts and feelings.
Don’t try to steer the conversation in a specific direction. Simply listen. And by doing so, you will understand where they were coming from and share your story in a way that resonates with them.
Tell Your Story
Finally, the last step in SALT is to tell your story.
Once you’ve started a conversation, asked questions, and listened, it’s time to share your experiences and beliefs. Be honest and vulnerable, and share how your faith has impacted your life.
Share your story of how God changed your life. And by doing so, you will inspire and encourage the person or people you are talking with.
So next time you’re at a coffee shop or on a plane, work or school, remember SALT.
Start a conversation, ask questions, listen, and tell your story. You never know where it might lead.
Romans 10:14 says, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?”
Now the ball is in your court.
It says, “How can they call on the one they have not believed?
And how can they believe in the one that they have not heard?
And how can they hear without somebody preaching to them?
And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.
Thousands of people are waiting for the good news, and if you would say yes, God will use you.
Will you say yes?
Pray with me: God, you are moving in a mighty across America. I don’t want to miss it, and I want to be a part. I want to share your Good News. I say YES to You and Your plan for my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
To learn more about Bonny Andrews’s ministry, visit his website HERE.