I dreaded Easter Sunday before I became a Christian.
Though I grew up in an unchurched family, Easter Sunday still meant we had to go to church for the 2nd time each year.
That meant I had to wear a suit that had a vest and tie. I had to sit in a chair for formal family photos.
It meant I had to sit through a boring church service with a bunch of adults listening to something I simply didn’t get.
Even at a young age, I recognized the inconsistency of going to church at Christmas and Easter.
The good news of Easter
Now that I’m a Christian, I view Easter differently. It is no longer the dreaded dress up day I remember as a child who had to fulfill an annual duty.
The good news of the empty tomb tells me that the one who was born the Messiah, the one who was crucified for us, has conquered death.
The empty tomb shows me that Jesus is alive.
Because Jesus lives, I can know forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.
One of my favorite songs is “In Christ Alone.” The third verse announces Jesus’s victory:
“And as he stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am his and he is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ.”
However, Easter can also be a conversational occasion with people.
You can ask a few simple questions about this special holiday that can become a springboard to a deeper conversation about spiritual thirst, the cross, and the resurrection.
Easter Provides Evangelism Opportunities
Easter provides evangelism conversation opportunities in the course of normal everyday life.
You might find yourself at any given moment in a potential divine appointment, or prompted to start a conversation with someone whom God underlines for you.
For example, a co-worker was asked to do a significant project update on Easter Sunday, a few days from now.
He politely said, “It’s Easter, no.”
His co-worker cheerfully states “I’m so irreligious that I didn’t even know Easter was coming.”
A light-hearted gospel centered conversation followed about Easter, why my friend goes to church, and what following Jesus means to him.
Consider having deeper conversations with people when the opportunity presents itself, or when you feel prompted by the Holy Spirit to start a conversation with a person the Lord has drawn your attention to.
7 Easter Conversation Starter Questions
Consider these seven conversation starter questions that might open a door to further evangelistic conversation.
You might use these to find out how their family “does Easter” like I explained above.
Then listening to them share their Easter traditions (or lack thereof), you might find a good opening for moving the conversation toward Jesus.
Here are 7 questions you might use to start an Easter conversation:
- What does your family do on Easter Sunday?
- Why does your family do whatever it is they do on Easter?
- Do you ever go to church on Easter? Why or why not?
- Would you like to join me at church this Sunday?
- Do you believe in God? What do you think God is like?
- Are your beliefs about God the same as your parents’ beliefs?
- Do you think Jesus rose from the dead like the Bible says?
Our conversations with people should be natural ebb and flow of a conversation.
Let me ask you this?
What other questions have you found helpful for a friendly conversation about Easter that could help add to this list of evangelistic conversation starter questions?
Personal Evangelism Training DVD
This DVD (or digital download) set focuses on a conversational style evangelism that would be effective in:
- casual conversation between friends
- causal conversation between strangers
Read more about the Effective Evangelism Conversations in the store.