If you’re like me, then it often feels unnatural to talk about the Lord in a pick-up conversation with another believer. It’s much easier to talk about things that don’t have any real eternal value, like “this new restaurant you’ve just got to try” or the weeds you can’t seem to get rid of in your backyard. How many times have I stood in awkwardness wanting to dive into the depths of the gospel with another brother, but finding myself frozen by a momentary lapse in consciousness… I don’t know how to begin. As believers, we are bound together as the body of Christ by his blood. Christ has given us fellowship with God and fellowship with each other through his sacrifice, and we must work out that fellowship practically. One way we can do that is by enjoying God together in our conversations. Perhaps it feels unnatural to talk about the Lord with each other because we don’t do it enough, and perhaps we don’t do it enough because we don’t know how to start a conversation that exceeds the latest Apple gadget. Here are some open-ended questions you can ask to initiate this kind of dialogue:
1. What have you been reading in the Bible lately and how has it impacted you?
2. In what area of your life do you see God changing you the most?
3. If you were stranded on a desert island, what 5 books would you want with you to help you continue to grow in Christ?
4. How can I pray for you?
5. What do you appreciate most about the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
6. If you could start any kind of ministry, what would it be? Why?
7. What person, living or dead, has made the biggest difference in your Christian life?
8. What promise in the Bible helps you most when you’re going through a hard time in your life?
9. What is your favorite book of the Bible? Why?
10. What aspect of God’s character have you been reminding yourself of lately? Why?
Remember to have an answer for each of these questions if you’re going to ask them because the person will most likely turn it back to you when they’re done with their answer… or they may not have an answer at all, so you’ll need to be prepared to step in. It may be awkward if they don’t have an answer, but if you have one, then hopefully the Lord will use you to bring conviction into that person’s life that will lead to true change.