According to recent research through the Barna Group, most people have less than 10 spiritual conversations in an entire year. That means that most of us aren’t even talking generally about faith, forever, or anything beyond ourselves. Since the Bible encourages us to have spiritual conversations and tell others about the love that Jesus has given us, then how can we take steps to fulfill Jesus’ calling?
The Spiritual Conversation Curve is a tool to help us see next steps in our relationships with others. This resource of Lutheran Hour Ministries has helped some of us at RiverCross and we hope it can help you, too.
Several things to notice about the Curve:
– The three colors indicate the three basic postures that people not following Jesus take toward Jesus and they are labelled below: unreceptive, receptive, and seeking
– the curved arrows across the top can be general goals we might hope for our relationship with someone who does not follow Jesus: gain a hearing with them, give them the good news about Jesus from our own experience, and guide them toward taking ownership for their faith
– The boxes through the middle (chat, relate, share, connect, explore, clarify) are suggestions for realistic next steps to pray for and work toward with someone.
Several things are particularly worth noting:
– It is often unrealistic to meet someone, tell them about Jesus, and see them accept Jesus. Relationships and trust often take time and work differently
– Telling others about Jesus comes across best when we tell it in the context of our own experience (i.e. something that happened to me)
– God is the only one who can change someone’s spiritual outlook; we can join as God allows
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