Let me use an analogy. Let’s say I have a glass of water, and I show you this glass. “It’s two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen,” I proclaim. “Your body needs water and you must stay hydrated. Drink it or die.”
This was my approach to sharing my faith. It was technically correct, but it did not make anyone want to drink the glass of water. “Drink Jesus or die! Accept Jesus or you will go to Hell!” While escaping Hell is certainly a good incentive for accepting Christ, if that is the only reason a person has come to the Lord, then they are missing out on what it means to have a close personal relationship with a Father who loves them deeply. The main reason Jesus went to the cross was not so we could escape Hell, but so the way would be opened that we could approach the throne of God.
Back to the glass of water. Instead, what if my approach was this: “You know, I was so hot and weak and tired. The sun was beating down on me mercilessly and relentlessly. And then I found this glass of water. It was so cool and refreshing, and the water felt so good going down. Won’t you come and share a glass with me?”
Doesn’t that approach to witnessing sound much better? It’s not based on arguing theology and defending doctrine, but is based on what God has done for you in your own life personally. As salt of the earth, shouldn’t we be making people thirsty? The world doesn’t need to see another person debating doctrine and thumping their Bible. No, they need to see the Hope that we have. They need to see what a loving God has done for us. They need to see our scars.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).