Something we talk a lot about at Christ Church is our need for relationships. We can’t be faithful to Jesus’ mission for the church of making, maturing and multiplying disciples if f we aren’t in relationships with people to disciple. However, it’s not enough just to have relationships. We need to be disciplemakers in those relationships. Here are two questions to regularly bring up in conversation that will help you do that.
Do you have any type of spiritual background?
This is the question I ask when I’m first starting to get to know someone. I am hoping to gain two things from this question. First, I want to know where they are coming from so that I can know the best way to go about sharing the gospel with them. The core message of the gospel is that Jesus died for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). However, how we go about sharing that message should change based upon the background of the person we are interacting with (1 Corinthians 9:20-23). If someone has suffered spiritual abuse, I want to talk about the love of God in the gospel. If someone has suffered injustice, I want to talk about the justice of God in the gospel. If someone struggles with guilt, I want to talk about the forgiveness of God in the gospel. Also, I’m hoping that they ask me about my spiritual background, so that I can share my testimony. Asking this question often opens doors to share the gospel and sharing the gospel is how disciples are made.
What have you been learning from God’s word lately?
This is obviously a question for someone who I know is a Christian. God’s word is meant to be our daily bread (Matthew 4:4). I love the picture given of the Berean church that took what Paul preached and then Luke writes that they were, “examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so” (Act 17:11 ESV). Nothing leads to richer fellowship then discussing God’s word. We should discuss things that we are trying to work through, questions we have, ways we are trying to apply it. Talk about the sermons you are hearing and what you are taking away. Asking this question opens the door for us to dig into God’s word together and digging into God’s word is how disciples are matured.
With you on mission,