A few weeks ago, we had a plumber over at our house working on… yeah, the plumbing. Anyway, I had just made a few pocket crosses in my wood shop and decided to give one to him. Since I did not know his spiritual beliefs, I used it as a witnessing opportunity. When I use a cross to share, I have an opening statement and three questions. The questions help me understand where a person might be in their spiritual journey. I tell each person at the beginning that the cross is a gift, so they don’t have to worry about messing up an answer!
My plumber (Chris, pictured at left) was thrilled when I gave him the cross and asked him the three questions. He is already a believer and was right on target with each question, and then we both shared our testimonies. He even pulled out his smart phone and showed me a couple of videos on Christian apologetics that he likes. He is a marvelous man, and before he left, he asked if he could have another cross to give to his wife. I gave him 4-5 more just to make sure that he had enough pocket crosses.
I knew that he would be coming to our house in a couple of weeks, so I made him a larger “Jesus” cross (second pic, at right) as a gift, since he said that he and his wife have a wall in their house that is covered with crosses.
When Chris returned, he told me that he had given all of the crosses away and had asked each person the same three questions. He had two opportunities to share his faith, and the other recipients were believers and were overjoyed to receive the cross and share their story with him. He was so excited to have such an easy way to share his faith. The believers that he gave crosses too also loved the idea, and how easy it is to ask the three questions.
So in addition to the “Jesus” cross that I made for him, I loaded him up with some more pocket crosses to help him share the Gospel with his friends and customers.
What is the opening statement and the three questions?
Hey (insert name here), you’ve been so helpful/kind/nice. I have a little gift that I would like to give you if you don’t mind. (Always get a “yes”!)
The three diagnostic questions (as I show them the cross and hold it in my hand)
“So, what is this?” (It is a cross)
“Yes, that’s correct, and who died on the cross?” (Jesus)
“Exactly, and why did He die?” (for our sins)
By the way, I have yet to ever have anyone get those 3 questions completely wrong.
I follow with this next question
“So, have you ever repented of your sin and made Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life?”
If yes, we share testimonies like Chris and I did, and I ask where they attend church. This is always a great conversation and I often get to pray with them.
If they say no, then “Is there anything that I can share to help you make that decision today?” Although the person is not interested in any further dialogue about the cross, everyone always takes the cross and puts it in their pocket or purse. That’s fine, they get to fidget with it and have to do something with the cross like put it on their dresser or something. I do know that the Holy Spirit makes the presence of that little pocket cross very convicting (that’s another story). But probably 25% of the time we end up in a dialogue about the cross and I get to share my testimony or the Gospel, and the chance to them to the Lord using one of those little crosses.
By the way, my Dad is the master of the pocket cross. I got the design from him and he also uses the crosses as an opportunity to share the Gospel with other people. My Dad reminds me that “lost people are everywhere” after he uses a cross to share his faith.
So what is your favorite way to initiate a Gospel conversation with someone? We can all learn from each other, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.