Examples of Bridges

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Gospel Conversations

© 2011 Stephen R. Smith  by Steve Smith In addition to the bridges discussed in the T4T book, Chapter 12, here are some supplementary examples: Almost anything you experience on a regular basis could be turned into a bridge:

 In a Hindu context in which offerings are laid on the sidewalk, you can ask people what they mean, and then bridge into the gospel using something like Any3 or your testimony.

 Buddhists have similar markers – decorating buildings, water splashing, signs on their body.

 Animists will wear amulets, make offerings, etc. These can be an occasion for bridging.

 Common questions you get asked: o “You’re a foreigner. Why did you come to my country?” o “Our country is in a mess (e.g. USA).” Use this as an opportunity to talk about eternal answers.

 Religious bridges o E.g. Quranic bridge talking about Jesus in the Quran becomes an opportunity to the share the gospel o E.g. Buddha bridge in which there are prophecies from Buddha about a coming Messiah. Many others use miracles as an opportunity to share the gospel. Here is an example related to dreams.

 Dreams: Ask “Have you heard about anyone in your area having unusual dreams?” Many people around the world are having visions of a man in white they recognize as Jesus. Ask them if they have had any unusual dreams OR if they know anyone else who has had an unusual dream. This becomes a great way to share an interpretation and then get to the gospel.

 Offer to pray for needs

 In a Hindu context in which offerings are laid on the sidewalk, you can ask people what they mean, and then bridge into the gospel using something like Any3 or your testimony.

 Buddhists have similar markers – decorating buildings, water splashing, signs on their body.

 Animists will wear amulets, make offerings, etc. These can be an occasion for bridging.

 Common questions you get asked: o “You’re a foreigner. Why did you come to my country?” o “Our country is in a mess” Use this as an opportunity to talk about eternal answers.

 Religious bridges

Quranic bridge talking about Jesus in the Quran becomes an opportunity to the share the gospel

Buddha bridge in which there are prophecies from Buddha about a coming Messiah.