Nov. 18 - Levels of Meaningful Conversation, Part 1
Acts 20:24 What matters most to me is to finish what God started: the job the Master Jesus gave me of letting everyone I meet know all about this incredibly extravagant generosity of God.
The Lord has assigned us the task of sharing his good news with the world. That’s a big, and often scary, job! Sure, you can live out the scriptures in your daily life, but that will only get you so far. Each day you encounter people who are broken and hurting and in need of Jesus. The best way to tell them what they need to hear and answer their questions is to enter into meaningful conversation. That’s where it gets a little intimidating for many of us. How do we do that??
On Sunday Greg broke it down for us into levels of meaningful conversation. If you can progress through these steps throughout the life of your relationship with a non-believer (and don’t expect this to be a brief lifespan), you will see the blessings pour down.
Relationship-based activity with little to no God talk. If they aren’t receptive to talking about Christ, then don’t. Find a common ground and start building a relationship there; however, do not allow the relationship to remain there permanently. It may take a while, but eventually God will open doors for you to shift your conversations toward level two.
Authentic conversation regarding your relationship with Christ, his church, and your personal discipleship. Look for opportunities for you to talk about your experience with Christ and what he has done in your life. You shouldn’t need to worry about a debate forming; you’re only sharing your story, not asking them to change their beliefs.
Exposure to church community, worship and having authentic conversations about the faith questions they have. You could invite them to church events, introduce them to other believers, or just provide the space for them to ask spiritual questions you can answer truthfully about being a believer.
Intentionally moving conversations toward a call to decision and discipleship. The fourth level brings them to the point where they are ready to accept Christ and experience the incredibly extravagant generosity of God for themselves!
This is a long-term process of building a relationship and creating opportunities for meaningful conversation with others. It has the potential to be a huge blessing to everyone involved. If you only spend time with other Christians, or if your relationships with non-believers are stuck in level one, pray for the courage to proceed to the next steps. Honor your heavenly Father by responding to his call to finish what He started!