How absurd would it be to think that the 2nd Baptist Church on Maple Street is the entirety of the flock of all of Christianity? Read through John 21:15-16 and get a background as to what Christ was telling Peter about the church. So, if the 2nd Baptist Church on Maple Street is the only church that has a full understanding of God and Salvation, then all the other Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Church of Christs, and even Catholics are in the wrong flock! Who is the Shepard of the Flock of Christ? Oh, that’s Bob Beardon, the Pastor of the 2nd Baptist Church on Maple Street.
Also can flip the tables and make them actually defend their own faith. "suppose I have doubts about the Catholic Church, which church offers the fullness and truth about Christ? Talk about the different theologies in each and every different Protestant church … Baptists with once-saved-always-saved, Methodists and Lutherans with consubstantiation, Presbyterians who love the idea that the state and church should be one (very opposite of the Baptists) and need Grace, Lutherans who believe in the sovereignty of God and Justification.
There is lots more, it’s one of my favorites, learning about the protestants.
Oh, of course, easy one, the Catholics didn’t ADD books to the bible, just have a bit of historical evidence that Luther REMOVED books from the bible … just goes to show that most protestants teach what they’ve been taught instead of teaching what Jesus wants them to teach.
Stay away from JW’s and LDS and Islam until you get a good enough understanding of those religions so that you can get a better defense, because they ask different questions than protestants. And, the charity that we need for these that are so much further away from the protestants, actually takes a lot of practice. At least with the protestants, when it all goes south and everyone’s yelling and screaming and feeling bad, we can always come back to center and focus on the Christ. With the others, the common bond to Catholics are very few, if not barely existent in the case of Islam.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg, there’s so much more that we can do, say, use to be an instrument of God’s Will.
First, you can not convert, only the Advocate can do that, you’re just the messenger, the gopher, in reality, you are the disciple.
Be nice! Be friendly!
If there’s anything I’ve learned in my life, it’s this … people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.
I live by that one, you’d be amazed as to what a small smile, a genuine interest in their lives, and a moment taken out of your life just for them … very effective. Don’t even have to mention God or Catholic or anything to get them to look at you and go “wow, what a nice person”
Finish with a prayer!
Pray for the Advocate to move within them during your own personal prayer time and to give you the strength, wisdom, and charity to be God’s instrument in sharing His will.