As I washed the sand in my miners pan, I could imagine, (oh, could I imagine), panning out a giant nugget of gold! I described the hoped for moment in glorious detail to my wide-eyed watching six year old as we sloshed and slurried the black mud. But all we found that day was a lot of sand and shiny mica rock.
(Once I had a scientist attend one of my lecture series who had re-discovered an ancient method of extracting gold from granite ore using salt brine. He showed me three ounces of gold he had extracted in his lab using salt!)
The Bible tells us that His word is like gold, pure gold. That’s the wonderful thing about the Bible — it doesn’t need sifting, but it is glad for some salting! Let me explain.
Okay, this training tip is so simple it seems odd to write it down but here it is: When witnessing to others — use the Bible. The Bible speaks to people's heart like nothing else. It’s alive. It's far superior to our philosophizing and counseling. Here is how to use the Bible to maximize it's impact.
It is a simple technique I call the S.A.L.T. method of putting the Bible into a normal conversation with a person who is struggling with some life issue. Rather than counseling from your opinion or sharing similar experiences try and turn a person toward the Bible and let the Bible . (Always carrying in your mind at least one ‘go-to’ text. One of my favorites is John 10:9,10.)
“S” is for SAY - Step 1: Say something to introduce the Bible into the conversation.
examples: “Have you read the Bible much?”
or “Do you mind if I read you something from the Bible?”
or “That make me think of a Bible verse, may I share it?”
“A” is for ASK — Step 2: Ask. Read the verse then ask questions from the verse. (Instead of telling the person your thoughts, let them tell you what the verse says. Here is where INDUCTIVE Bible teaching takes place) For example, after listening to them, you ask:
or “What does the last sentence mean?”
or “What is the key word in the second half of this verse?”
or “What does this verse teach you about God?”
“L” is for LISTEN - Listen carefully to the person’s response and notice what words they focus on in the text. Affirm what they say.
“T” is for Talk - After reading the text let them talk. Ask them:
“What do you see in this verse that speaks to you?”
or “What do you find here that is hopeful?”
or “What do you think God is saying to you through these words?”
The Bible is compared to gold. Very simply your (and my) ideas are not gold. It is the Bible that changes lives. Use it and make others rich! “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” Is. 55:11
Live your Potential,