Lord’s Day Conversations
I sometimes wonder why Christians do not have deeper, spiritual conversations more often. It seems to me that conversations about employment, sports, music and other such things have some value there is a place and time for those conversations. What should our conversations look like on the Lord’s Day? Should they be the same kinds of conversations that we typically have on other days of the week? Though it is easy to become legalistic over this matter I do think it is important to at least consider this as we talk and discuss things with other brothers and sisters in Christ, especially on the Lord’s Day.
In a book I was reading recently I came across some wonderful suggestions for “conversation starters” that may assist in centering our “Lord’s Day conversations” around matters of the highest importance.
1. How is your [teaching, hospitality, outreach, deacon, or whatever] ministry going? What do you enjoy the most about it?
2. Where have you seen the Lord at work lately?
3. What’s the Lord been teaching you lately
4. Have you had any evangelistic opportunities lately?
5. Have you had any obvious answers to prayer recently?
6. What have you been reading? How has it impressed you?
7. Where in the Bible have you been reading lately? What impact has it had on you?
8. How can I pray for you?
Taken from Simplify Your Spiritual Life by Donald Whitney
These are just some of the types of questions one might ask another brother or sister in Christ. They can be reworked or expressed in different words but all of them have a way of going deeper in conversation and exploring things of the highest value. When asked with a genuine, loving concern for the other person they will also help express your love and concern for them (Philippians 2:4). Of the questions listed I find the most important is #8. Asking others how you can pray for them is often a great place to start a conversation and allow the other person to open up to you. Of course, be sure to pray for them as you are able.
Consider these things and revise or add to this list as you consider them.