Sharing my faith. Evangelism. Being a witness. Giving a reason for the faith that I have. Apologetics.
All of these things are important. And all of these things tend to strike fear in the heart of most Christians. I think there are a few reasons for that fear. First, we feel ill-equipped for these. Second, we put to much pressure on ONE conversation instead of thinking about ongoing conversations. Third, we are to impatient, in this instant message, instant video, microwave based world. Fourth, we are fearful of offending someone.
In August we began a series that I believe addresses the first three issues. The fourth one, you will have to pray over and come to terms with on your own – although I believe if we embrace this series and change our perspective, then the fourth one diminishes. I’m super excited to walk through this series with you and have been trying to live out these nine practices myself – with varying success. It’s going to be quite a journey, with growth, challenges and maybe some new followers of Jesus along with it!
The series is called “The Arts of Spiritual Conversations.” It breaks down into three broad steps (Which we will cover over the course of the year): Getting Ready (for the conversation); Getting (the conversation) Started; Keeping it (the conversation) Going.
More specifically, here’s the schedule:
August 2 Intro (Getting Ready)
August 9 – Noticing
August 16 – Praying
August 23 – Listening
January 3 Intro/Recap (Getting Started)
This Sunday we will be focusing on greatness according to Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-38.
January 10 – Asking Questions
This Sunday we have a great opportunity to consider how and why Jesus asked so many questions. He did it to draw people into relationship with him. We need to work on the art of asking questions.
January 17 – Loving
The Art of Loving depends on first experiencing the Father’s amazing love for you and then sharing it with those who do not yet know him.
January 24 – Welcoming
Our God is a welcoming God, constantly pursuing, seeking, and inviting people into his loving community. By practicing the Art of Welcoming, we can extend God’s welcome to others so they feel invited into friendship with him.
April 17 Intro/Recap (Keeping it Going)
April 24 – Facilitating
May 1 – Serving Together
May 8 – Sharing