Find Good Space for the Good News

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D.A. Horton is the Executive Director of Reach Life Ministries, the non-profit ministry of reach records, which is focused on reaching urban youth with the gospel. In this training post, he shares his best advice for effective time spent with unbelievers so that he can find good opportunity to share the good news.

1 Corinthians 3:5-8 (ESV)

5What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.7So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.8He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In your experience, what has been the most effective time for you to share the gospel? What made this situation a good opportunity to witness?
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Have you ever encountered a person who seemed like they would never believe? What happened at the end of your time with this person? Do you think you finished that series of conversations as well as you could have?
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What are some common "softballs" to be aware of? What is a good initial response for each?
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You can never totally write a person off because you are not the one who changes them. Even if you have nothing left to say, continue to ask the Holy Spirit to work in the people where you have had opportunity to sow and water.