I hadn't seen Jim at church in years. And if even half of the stories I had heard about him were true, he had been on quite the prodigal journey over those years.
Jim had been in the youth Sunday School we taught and just disappeared during his sophomore year of high school. But he showed up at church recently and when he did I used the Three Questions to guide my conversation.
After a short greeting, I asked: "So, is there anyway I can pray for you?"
He dodged the question completely. I wasn't sure where to go but I eventually came back around:
"Right now, would you say you're near to God or far from God?"
He actually gave me a straight answer.
"Could I show you how to be close to God?"
He said yes so I shared the Gospel using the Three Circles. Jim had heard the Good News before... hundreds of times... but despite that he actually listened. (The brokenness of life really resonated with him.) He wasn't ready to change how he was living, but he was willing to study the Bible with me in his apartment.
My "norm" would have been to strike up a conversation, keep it friendly and light, and then see if we could grab coffee later in the week. (At coffee I would have attempted a "How are you doing spiritually?" type question.)
But instead I started with the Good News and through it I was able to go to his world and share more of God's truth through a Discovery Bible Study.
I dare you to try this. Start with the Good News today and see where God takes it.