5 Questions To Maximize Your Water Cooler Conversations

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It’s time to talk about our speech again. Our interactions as Sent Ones should have a drastically different flavor. And this difference should increase as we progress into the light of the Gospel.

How do we intentionally submit our work discussions to the Lordship of Christ?

Recognize 
We should strive to recognize and understand worldviews. Ours isn’t the only one. Too often we are deny that obvious truth.

We take for granted that others see the world through our lens.

When listening, we can’t simply be writing off their objections to Christianity in our own mind. We have to be engaged and actually asking ourselves, “What exactly is it that they are claiming to believe right now?”

This helps me frame an answer. Sometimes an answer isn’t wanted. But we are commanded to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us. Sometimes we even get to articulate the parts of our worldview most pertinent to their story. Other times, we might have the honor of correcting misconceptions.

I can’t tell you how many conversations in which I’ve had the privilege of responding with something like this, “Oh, well that is a great thing you don’t believe that. I don’t either and more importantly, the Bible doesn’t teach that.”

This post is meant to help us examine whether we are gaining traction for the kingdom or for ourselves. Here are 5 questions you might ask yourself or the speaker:

1. Does this line up with sound Biblical doctrine?

2. Do I agree with any of this, on any level?

3. How can I better understand this view? How can I better befriend and serve this person?

4. What did Jesus have to say in response to these objections?

5. Do I need to think more deeply on this topic or have I thoroughly considered this way of thinking?

As we begin listening like this, we may start recognizing idols. Hopefully it will cause us to turn to our own hearts and tear down the idols there.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. JJS says:

    Great sense of humility in this word. Thank you.

  2. “Recognise and understand other world views” -reminded me of wonderfully Jesus in conversation with the women at the well went from water to living water. Thanks too for reminding too” to be ready to give and answer etc”. In the mean time listen, befriend and serve genuinely.

  3. thank you for the follow! interesting blog you have here!

  4. Wow James, this post really spoke to my heart. I love how you unpacked this topic.

    “When listening, we can’t simply be writing off their objections to Christianity in our own mind. We have to be engaged and actually asking ourselves, “What exactly is it that they are claiming to believe right now?”
    This helps me frame an answer. Sometimes an answer isn’t wanted. But we are commanded to be ready to give an answer for the hope that is in us.”

    There have been times I have been critical because someone isn’t where I am. Of course I became convicted about it, Thank God. People are so important. You are right, we are engaged with them for a reason. To further The Kingdom of God. To give an answer in love for the hope within us.

    Wonderful work.

    1. Thanks so much. It’s very much a major struggle for me.

  5. cool post!! thanks for the follow!!!!!!

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