Darrell W. Robinson, People Sharing Jesus, (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995), pp. 67-68
The question may arise: "How can I approach someone I know very well, such as a friend, family member, a fellow worker in the marketplace, or someone with whom I have previously shared?"
Some general relational principles need to be regarded:
1. Be genuine in your communication.
2. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
3. Convey a spirit of love, humility, and courtesy.
4. Avoid an attitude of condescension, judgment, and condemnation.
5. Ask for the person's permission.
Some possible approaches that may be used:
1. Use the conversation guide FIRM [Family, Interests, Religion, Message]. Although you know the person well, you can still talk about family, interests, religion, and message. The conversation can be even more meaningful since you do already know one another. You may ask such questions as: "How are the children? Where do you plan to go on your vacation? How was your golf game Saturday?"
2. Use bridging statements and secure permission to discuss the person's religious life and to share about Jesus. Some possibilities I have used are as follows:
I've been thinking and praying lately about something very important to me&md;your relationship with Jesus. May I ask you a question about that?"