I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. John 10:9
In sharing the Gospel, it’s easy to be diverted into all kinds of tangential subjects. Sometimes the person you are sharing Christ with will change the subject to avoid the Gospel. On other occasions, they will ask sincere questions. Learning how to guide the conversation and answer questions without losing the message of the Gospel is an important skill to master.
In John 4, the Samaritan woman tried to divert Jesus into a conversation about worship locations, but He stayed on message. He pointed her back to Himself, and as she processed His words, she placed her faith in Him.
Dr. Jeff Lorg wrote, “What is our message?…The good news about Jesus is our message….It requires discipline to stay on message about the gospel. Doing less compromises Christianity’s core message, as well as dilutes and diminishes the eternal nature of our message.”
Shouldn’t our message be different than the world’s message?
Staying on message means you understand the gospel, can communicate it clearly, … in appropriate ways, and in a timely fashion.
Jeff Lorg, Unscripted: Sharing the Gospel as Life Happens (Birmingham, AL: New Hope Publishers, 2014).