Keep him or her Saying Yes

Continuing with Terry Barber’s book: How to Share Your Faith with Anyone: A Practical Manual for Catholic Evangelization. The second law of evangelization says: Keep him or her saying yes.

It is essential to find common ground when sharing your faith. A great way to do this is by asking questions or making statements that the other person can only agree with. You may for example say: ‘Every communication management training class says that vocal communication is always preferred over email.’ ‘Doesn’t it then make sense that we don’t only have the Bible as God’s word but also Sacred Tradition?’.

Or: ‘If someone in the year 4044 would read a car advertisement, it may focus on the color, comfort, and features of the interior, rather than the presence and quality of the tires.’ ‘Wouldn’t it be possible that we confuse the importance of certain Bible scriptures in the same way?’

To the agnostic you might say: ‘If there is an afterlife, wouldn’t you agree that heaven is better than hell?’

Terry Barber points out that Jesus used the principle of establishing common ground extensively during the Sermon of the Mount. (Matt 5-7). Jesus begins with “You have heard that it was said…” followed by an Old Testament topic teaching about anger, adultery, divorce, oaths, retaliation, love of enemies, almsgiving – all familiar and accepted topics. Then Jesus goes on: “But I say to you…” evangelizing the crowd.

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