July 8, 2018
Pastor Jeff Struecker
I. Listen to their story
1 Peter 3:13-16
Who then will harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear or be intimidated, 15 but in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. 16 Yet do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that when you are accused, those who disparage your good conduct in Christ will be put to shame.
Elements of listening well:
1. Listen to their heart
2. Learn from them
3. Look for a natural bridge
II. Tell them your story
A word spoken at the right time is like gold apples in silver settings. 12 A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.
Things necessary for Gospel conversations:
1. Gospel ears
2. Gospel heart
3. Gospel mouth
• Today, I trusted in the Gospel of Jesus for the first time.
– I’m not sure who the Holy Spirit wants me to have a Gospel conversation with yet.
+ I will have a heart level conversation with someone this week.
- What is your favorite topic to talk about with a friend?
- In your opinion, what makes someone persuasive in conversation?
- What role does the Holy Spirit have in your friendships?
- Have you learned a Gospel presentation in the past? If so, how often do you share that presentation today?
- On a scale of 1-10, how comfortable are you sharing your faith with someone right now?
- How do you prevent yourself from becoming “defensive” while having a Gospel conversation?
- Pray to the Holy Spirit to help you look for an opportunity to have a Gospel conversation this week.