Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Having Spiritual Conversations

When meeting together, Christians should engage is “holy conversation,” that is, engage in fellowship and conversations that encourage and edify one’s walk with the Lord.

Malachi 3:16 (NIV) Then those who feared the LORD talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the LORD and honored his name.  

Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV) These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Sadly, many never talk about faith and Christianity. They talk about anything but the Lord. They engage in idle, pointless talk. They say lots of words but never saying anything of true value. They often talk of nothing but the world and the things of the world. Sadly, this pointless and Spirit-less talk may even occur when we gather as a church for worship.
When Christians come together, we should inquire after one another’s souls, share our Christian experiences, and impart knowledge and encouragement to one another so that we may be edified and equipped for godliness and not be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:12-13).
As we engage one another in spiritual conversations, we should talk about the promises of God, the preciousness of Christ, sin and how terrible it is, the beauty of holiness, the health of one’s soul, death and eternity, and the times we live in and God’s purposes in them. One of the best ways to start a spiritual conversation is by asking loving and caring questions. 
In his book, Simplify your Spiritual Life, Donald Whitney suggests ten questions to ask one another to engage in spiritual conversations. 
1)      How is your [teaching, hospitality, outreach, deacon or whatever] ministry going? What do you enjoy most about it?
2)      Where have you seen the Lord at work lately?
3)      What has the Lord been teaching you recently?
4)      Have you had any evangelistic opportunities lately?
5)      Have you had any obvious answers to prayer recently?
6)      Where in the Bible have you been reading lately? What impact has it had on you?
7)      What books have you been reading? What impression have they left on you?
8)      How can I pray for you?
9)      How have you been growing in your faith recently?

10)  What are you passionate about right now? 

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