The second summary statement for this lesson reads: Believers should be looking to share the gospel with all people, especially those who are seeking to know more.
How do we do that? How do we initiate conversations that move toward spiritual matters? One thing we can do is get comfortable asking questions that open the door for a spiritual conversation. Over the years, I have collected questions that help me initiate a spiritual conversation. Here are the top thirteen on my list:
- What is your perception of Christians?
- What do you believe about God?
- What do you think will be your greatest contribution in this life?
- Is religion important to you? Do you consider yourself a religious person?
- When you have problems or questions, who do you turn to for help?
- From what or whom do you draw the strength to endure a difficult situation?
- When you pray, who do you pay to? Why?
- What do you think happens after our life here? What do you think it takes for a person to enter heaven?
- What causes your greatest concern or stress?
- What do you believe about the Bible? Have you ever read it for yourself? What did you think about what you read?
- What do you believe about Jesus?
- When do you feel close to God? When do you feel far away from Him?
- How do you deal with regrets from your past?
There are all kinds of questions that can open the door for a spiritual conversation. The issue is not having a question at the ready, but being willing to ask the question. We know the questions that will take the conversation to a spiritual level, which may be why some of us never ask those questions in the first place.
What questions would you add to the list? With whom can you initiate a conversation using one of these questions this week?