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023: Practical Ideas #2

Here are some practical ideas for guiding conversation and everyday interaction toward the gospel.

On Mondays at work - Your co-worker asks how your weekend was. You respond by sharing how you went to church and there heard about forgiving others who have wronged you. When your co-worker says, "That sounds interesting," you take the conversation to the next level by explaining that what helps you the most is the idea that God first loved you unconditionally and offered you forgiveness in Jesus.

At home - Pray with your children before you eat and put them to sleep at night. Read a few verses from the Bible out loud as a family. Memorize a verse from the Bible together. Teach your children about God. When your children disobey use the opportunity to teach them that God loves them and forgives them.

After the worship service - Talk to new people who visit church. Reassure them that you had many questions when you first visited church and ask them if they have any questions. Invite them out to lunch and offer to introduce the basics of Christianity through a Bible study called First Steps.

When listening to a friend's problems - Your friend has been struggling with anxiety about finding a job for months. She often calls you and sends you text messages after poor interviews and you kindly listen to her concerns when the two of you spend time together. You tell her that since you became a Christian you feel peace and less anxiety because you give your worries to God in prayer. You tell her that God loves her and will listen to her prayers.

With friends - You decide to start a monthly play-date for other moms and young children. You purposely invite a mix of non-Christian and Christian moms. Though you talk about many topics you casually and consistently talk about how your faith in Jesus is helping you as a mother and wife. Eventually a couple of the non-Christian moms begin to come to church and one becomes a Christian. The play-date evolves into a Christian Bible study but still welcomes all people.

At a party - You invite a few of your non-Christian friends from work and a few friends from church to a barbecue at the park. You purposefully tell everyone that some of you will be going to church together on Sunday. One of your co-workers who enjoyed spending time with your church friends decides to come to church where he hears the gospel.

In vulnerability - While at a cafe with your friend you share a difficult personal issue that you have and how your faith is helping you by giving you strength and granting you forgiveness.

Take a few minutes to brainstorm several other ways to move everyday interactions toward the gospel.