How to Start a Spiritual Conversation
All relationships take time to develop, and a relationship with Christ is no different. Talking to people about spiritual matters does not have to be awkward or uncomfortable. An easy way to start a spiritual conversation with co-workers, friends and family is to use the acronym, FIRM.
Find common ground. Where did you grow up? How long have you lived here? Where are you from? Tell me about your family? Do you have children? How many children do you have?
Ask about what interests them. Is it sports, schools, hobbies, or work? What do they do for a living?
The world is very spiritual. Ask questions like, if they have a church in town they attend. What their religious background is. If they think about spiritual things very often. Then, just listen.
Ask them if they are a Christian. If they say yes, ask them if they know Jesus personally. If they say no, say, “May I share with you how you can come to know Jesus personally?”
If they say no, say, “Why don’t you want to know Christ?” If the say they are still in the process,etc., ask them, “May I share with you how you can come to know Him personally?”
If they decide to accept Jesus, make sure they understand the gospel. Salvation is about believing Jesus was God, born of a virgin, lived a perfect life, died for our sins, and rose from the dead. Lead them through the following steps:
- Admit you are a sinner. “There is no one righteous, not even one, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23).
- Ask God to forgive you. “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).
- Believe in Jesus. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
- Become a child of God by receiving Christ. “To all who receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” (John 1:12).
- Confess that Jesus is your Lord. “If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9).