Having a conversation about faith and Jesus with friends, family or co-workers often leave Christians feeling uncomfortable, shy, unprepared, or even confrontational. Having a few questions in your back pocket enables you to be more at ease and puts you in a place to be able to listen, hear and care for others. Such conversations result in much more open dialog that can continue on into the future.
- What is your religious/spiritual background or experience? (Was it a positive or negative experience? How important was it to your family?)
- Who or what has had the greatest influence on your spiritual beliefs? What sources inform your beliefs? (eg, Qur’an, Bible, Socrates)
- What is your perception of Christianity?
- Do you know anyone who claims to follow Jesus? What is your opinion or impression of that person? (Do you see a lifestyle difference in that person? Is this difference attractive to you or not?)
- Jesus says that he came to bring “good news” to the world (Mark 1:15, Luke 4:42-44). What do you understand that to mean? Do you want to know more?
- I consider myself someone who tries to follow Jesus. Do you have any questions you would want to ask me? (If you don’t know the answer, say, I don’t know! Then ask if you can learn together what the Bible says about the topic.)
Notice that these questions don’t require you to have all the answers! You get to listen to their story and build relationships. Consider asking one question over lunch and see where it goes. Jesus says his followers are like sheep—they listen to his voice and follow him. (John 10:27). Pay attention to those who are hearing God’s voice. Those hearers have a heart softened towards God. Pray for more opportunities to meet and share with them God’s love.