Week 10 - Sent to Serve
» WEEK 10 - SENT TO SERVE
I am keeping it really short this week since there is a lot to cover in our final activity. This week is the second part of our Spiritual Conversations exercise and this will close out our Winter session of the SENT series. These activities are intended to help enable our church to be the disciple-makers Jesus wants us to be. Thank you for leading your group through these and helping them to grow as followers of Christ.
It is a great privilege to serve with you all. God has really blessed our church with some amazing leaders! This week Pastor Bubba will be discussing leadership and some future plans we are making to better serve you and the future leaders God brings.
As a reminder, if you haven't given your feedback yet, please do. You can refer to the Week 8 email for the questions I asked. The answers I've gotten back so far have been really helpful. Have a blessed week!
For God's glory,
» SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS ACTIVITY
(approx. time: 5 minutes)
Prayer - Have each person fill out a prayer card. It would be helpful to identify a way that people can be in prayer for each other over the next few weeks as we enter into the break; e.g. text thread, email prayer chain, assign people to each other, etc.
(approx. time: 65 minutes)
Bible - RECAP: What Are Spiritual Conversations?
(Feel free to read the information below or paraphrase)
To recap from our last activity, spiritual conversations are discussions we initiate that allow people to share their beliefs and provide greater opportunities for us to talk about Jesus. These are day-to-day conversations. Primarily, with people, we already do life with. This includes; family, co-workers, neighbors, as well as, our hair stylists or baristas. They, of course, are not limited to people we already know but often that is the best place to start.
Again, we want to apply three skills in these discussions. Those are; listening, asking, speaking. We want to initiate discussion then listen to their experience or story, ask questions that help us understand them better and seek ways to speak the truth in love. Our speaking should always point them to Jesus. It is important to note that our goal is not to get people to make decisions for Christ. Rather we want to find ways to share the truth of Jesus with them in hope that God will give them faith to believe.
As we talked about last time, sharing parts of our story may help someone understand how God has tangibly worked in your own life. This is a way to witness to others. To testify to the goodness of God. We are his ambassadors. He has reconciled us to himself and has given each of us a ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20). But this privilege and new life came at a great price. Jesus had to die. Not only die but become sin so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21; Isaiah 53:4). When we share Jesus we are not sharing a good option to life or freedom from pain. We are sharing the only means that someone can be freed from the curse of sin, born-again, and part of God’s eternal kingdom. We are messengers of the greatest news on earth - Jesus came, lived, died, rose and reigns! He is our king and his kingdom has come (Mark 1:14-15). Amen?!
So tonight we are going to discuss some questions, talk through a few scenarios and close by praying for non-Christians. To begin, let me ask....
PART 1 - Discussion
When was the last time someone asked you about your relationship with God?
What are some good questions you could start asking that would allow you to go deeper in conversation with people or would invite them to share their beliefs?
What would it look like for you to listen to someone who currently doesn’t know Jesus with curiosity? Are there any challenges you have in listening to other beliefs?
What questions could you ask that would help draw out that person’s story?
PART 2 - Scenarios
How would you respond to these scenarios? How could you respond to these statements based on the three skills we've been learning; listening, asking, speaking. What questions would you want to ask to find out more? How could you show compassion or sympathy? What are some truths that you would want to share? It’s important to remember we are not trying to get someone to a decision. We are just seeking to grow in our understanding of their story and beliefs so that we can eventually point them to Jesus.
PART 3 - Spend Time Praying for Non-Christians
Have each person in the group list all the non-Christians they know. Again, this is family, neighbors, friends, but could also include those you associate with on a regular basis. After, have everyone adds up the number of non-believers they know, add those numbers together. This now gives you a bigger picture of how many non-Christians your group is connected to.
Now spend some time as a group praying for those specific people - asking God to give them faith and new life in Jesus and that God would use your group to reach those who don’t yet know Him.
To download a worksheet for this activity click HERE
(approx. time: 5 minutes)
Vision Cast - (Here is an example of how to summarize the 10-weeks and connect it to the next steps. Feel free to modify it and make it your own.)
Alright, as we close out I want to say thank you for committing to being part of this group and for being devoted to each other. Our focus throughout this series, if you remember, was to grow in 3 areas of discipleship; Studying the Bible, Sharing Testimonies, and having Spiritual Conversations. I have seen many (or all) of you grow in these over the last session. Which is so encouraging to see as a leader and is evidence of God's goodness.
As we transition to being more outwardly focused I do want to remind you that we are a community. Our relationship with each other doesn't have a start and stop. So let's keep engaging with each other and remember we already have a couple of events on the calendar. If you think of anything else that we can do together please feel free to put it out to the group.
Also, as Easter is coming up, be thinking about who you can invite. As we talked about earlier we all know many people who don't know Jesus. This is a great way to start conversations with them by simply inviting them to Easter services. Now, please join me in prayer as we close out our time.