What is a good way to talk to a friend about spiritual matters?

In what ways can I witness more effectively?

PERSONAL TESTIMONY: A good testimony is essential, before even opening your mouth: "Having your conversation (manner of life) honest ... that ... they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God..." (1 Peter 2:12). Your words will only have the weight your life has built into them. Honesty, integrity, consistency, and compassion are important characteristics to build into relationships with others. While "just living" as a silent witness is not enough, it is the background to effective witnessing.

KNOWLEDGE: Know what you are talking about, and talk about what you know. A young convert can be effective by staying simple, telling what the Lord has done for him. To be more effective, learn more of God's word (2 Timothy 2:15). The Scriptures make a person .wise unto salvation."

WISDOM: It takes God to open the ear to receive the gospel. Don't turn someone off before you even have the opportunity to tell them the work of Christ. Since salvation is God's work, leave room for the Spirit to do His work. "He that winneth souls is wise" (Proverbs 11:30). Witnessing is not saving; in your zeal, don't go beyond what God has called us to do. "Salvation is of the Lord" (Jonah 2:9).

Jon Procopio