Age of conversion
Faith in something?
Testimony work sheet
Writing your testimony
Short term missions resources
Key chapters of the Bible
Two churches' attitudes toward missions
10 ways to avoid becoming a missionary
Difficult group members
Knowing if you have a missions call
"Lord, teach us to pray"
NMI resources page
Love Link ministry
Ministry, Church and Society course resources
|"Stand still? NEVER! Not
while the promises of
revival are still unknown for this generation. Not while Christ
is still a stranger to countless lost and dying souls around the
world. Not while there is still one blind and stubborn heart
that refuses to give praise and honor to our King Jesus!"|
— David Smithers
people matter to you the way they matter to God, what would your
life look like?|
How do we move friendly conversations from talking about sports and the weather to talking about spiritual things? How do we start conversations about inviting Jesus into one's life?
"We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard"(Acts 4:20 — Peter and John to the Sanhedrin)
What do you fear the most about inviting those in your lifespace to "come and see Jesus" at your church fellowship?
Half of the unchurched Americans surveyed by Gallup pollsters said they intend to return to active church participation some day. Of that group, one in 5 said they would start back to church if someone would just talk to them about spiritual matters.<.p>
So, how do you move a conversation to the level of talking with friends about a relationship with God and the assurance of salvation?
Look through this list and see how easy it is to test if a door is being opened for you to talk about spiritual things with:
- Someone you just met
- A long-time acquaintance
- A good friend
- A family member or a "best" friend
Some of the questions will initiate conversations that could be labeled pre-evangelism.
This list is not meant to be something you put on a piece of paper which you pull out of your pocket or purse as you start talking to someone. These are given to demonstrate the variety of ways that an opportunity can be given for people to talk with us on a deeper level.
When you ask a question like one of those below, listen carefully to the person's response. Don't be more concerned about what you are going to say next than you are about what the person is saying to you!
People sharing faith: Spiritual conversation openers
- What gives most meaning to your life?
- What, or who, are your sources of strength in your day-to-day living?
- When you have problems or crises, how do you manage to get through them?
- Is religion or God important to you?
- In what ways?
- If not, is there any particular reason why not?
- Wouldn't you like to have faith in something? [ follow-up material ]
- Does God (or a Higher Power) seem personal to you?
- Do you feel close to or far away from God?
- What do you imagine that God is like?
- Can you point to things that God has done for you?
- How is God working in your life right now?
- Are you comfortable with what you understand to be God's guidelines and laws for living?
- Do you feel there are barriers of some type separating you from God?
- Have you ever been mad or upset with God?
- Have you ever done something for which you feel God could not forgive you?
- Do you understand the way to forgiveness and what it means?
- Do you think God has a plan for each person's life?
- What would it take for you to live up to what God expects of you?
Devotional life and practice
- What kinds of religious material do you like to read?
- What are your favorite authors, writings?
- Do you like religious music? Kinds? Favorites?
- Have you read much of the Bible?
- Do you understand the Bible when you read it?
- Does Bible reading help in living? How?
- Is prayer a meaningful part of your devotional life?
- Do you feel there is spiritual growth going on right now in your life?
- Are you involved in a church?
- What do you get out of being involved in a church?
- Which teachings of your church resonate the most with you?
- Do you personally know anyone who is the pastor of a church?
- Are you a member of an accountability or nurturing group in your church?
Religion and illness, dying and death
- Has being ill made any difference in your thinking or feeling about God or your religious faith?
- How has being ill affected your devotional life?
- When you are ill, do you ever feel that God may be punishing you or that it is His will for you to be sick?
- How do you feel about suffering?
- Do you trust God with your future?
For additional information on ministry to the terminally ill, see "6 don'ts for ministry to the dying."
The above questions are based on a list compiled by Harvey Elder for counselors to use in personal history taking.
"Without God" graphic from a Church Ad Project poster: www.churchad.com
Additional witnessing / soul-winning resources
- Lyle Pointer's "spiritual conversation starters"
- Writing your testimony [ see worksheet ]
- Walking away - a personal evangelism, soul-winning case study
- Witnessing scenarios
- How to witness: a PowerPoint presentation on relational evangelism | open as PowerPoint ]
Is conversion a moment in time or is it a process?
What are the changes which occur in people as they come to faith in Christ? Should attempts at sharing our faith with other people take into account the journey they are on? [ read more ]
SNU missions course materials and syllabiCultural Anthropology Introduction to Missions Linguistics Missions Strategies Modern Missionary Movement (History of Missions) Nazarene Missions Church Growth and Christian Missions Theology of Missions Traditional Religions World Religions
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