Across the past several issues of energize, we’ve been exploring the “5 Keys to Nurturing a Faith-Sharing Focus.” One of my goals each step along the way has been to provide you with a Group Discussion Guide you can use with your leaders—whether students or adults—so that together, you can begin to unpack each of these key principles.
Last issue, we talked about Key #4: equipping your students to share the gospel. We explored how navigating a gospel conversation is a lot like flying a plane—from takeoff to landing. So think of yourself as the flight instructor! The Group Discussion Guide below is designed for you to use with your student and/or adult leaders as you equip them with the flying lessons they need to navigate a gospel conversation themselves.
Prepared to Share
Group Discussion Guide
Listen in while I read this true life recounting from one teenager who stepped out to share about Jesus with a friend…
There’s this girl I’ve kinda been talking with lately and she’s never really known Christ, she kinda has a void in her life. She’s been abused and mistreated emotionally a lot. And I started discussing Christ with her…It was just a really cool experience. I feel like I’ve really been used by God to do something helpful, and maybe change somebody’s life, and now maybe I’ll have the opportunity to reach more lives, in turn. It’s a cool experience. It’s like God’s really using you when you do it, and it just feels really cool. —Jacob
Let’s spend a few minutes talking about Jacob’s experience…
- Can you identify with his experience? Why or why not?
- Does it intimidate you when you think about talking to a friend about Jesus and the gospel? Why or why not?
- Do you feel prepared and equipped to talk to someone about the gospel?
On the most basic level, getting equipped to share your faith involves learning how to clearly explain the message of the gospel. But getting equipped to share Jesus also involves learning how to watch for opportunities to initiate spiritual conversations. The passage of Scripture we’re going to look at today provides an interesting example of what this can look like. Let’s take a look.
The Holy Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and walk along beside the carriage.”
Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him (Acts 8:29-31).
- It sounds like Philip was tuned in to God so He could see opportunities for spiritual conversations when they presented themselves. What do you think is involved in being tuned into God like this?
- Did Philip use a good direct question? Why do you think that?
- Have you ever felt the Spirit leading you to talk to someone? If so, what happened?
- Do you think most teenagers are willing to talk about spiritual things? Why do you think that?
- What are examples of direct questions that wouldn’t be good ways to bring up spiritual issues? (Example: “Wow, it’s really hot in here…did you know it’s hot in hell?”)
- Brainstorm some examples of direct questions that would be good ways to bring up spiritual issues. (Examples: “What do you think about…?”, “Have you ever wondered about God?”, “Do you think religion is the cause of a lot of trouble in the world?”)
- Can you think of any currently popular videos, music or movies that might open up opportunities to start a conversation about spiritual things?
- What’s one thing you can do this week so that you are more tuned in to the opportunities God provides for you to share about Jesus and His importance in your life?
Choose one or more of the following hands-on training activities.
OPTION #1 – Dare 2 Share App
Step #1: Get your group participants who have smart phones to download the free Dare 2 Share mobile app available at www.dare2share.org/mobileapp.
Step #2: Download the app to a tablet, and together watch and discuss the training videos in the “What,” “How” and “Plan 2 Share” sections of the app. (You’ll need an internet connection to watch these videos.) Familiarize your students with the “Share Now” resources on the app.
OPTION #2 – Lifein6Words.com
Step #1: Gather your group and together explore the website Lifein6Words.com.
Step #2: Discuss ways you might use this site in your efforts to share the gospel with others. (Mention it on your Facebook page and include a link, text a link of the video to a friend, etc.)
OPTION #3 – Soul Fuel
Step #1: Print out copies of a Soul Fuel article from the archives found here. Read the article and discuss it together.
Step #2: Brainstorm ways you might use the topic of this article to initiate spiritual conversations with others. Role play with each other how you might transition an everyday conversation with an unbeliever on this cultural topic into a conversation about God.