Saturday, January 10, 2009

Spiritual Conversations

At our elder’s meeting on Wednesday evening we discussed 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14

“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:12-14)

We talked about the importance of laboring “among” God’s people, being with people and building shoulder to shoulder relationships. We shared some ways to have spiritual conversations with people. Some good ideas for conversation starters were;

• “How can I be praying for you?”
• “Let me tell you what the Lord is doing in my life…, how about you?”
• “What is feeding your soul these days?”
• “How goes it with your soul?”
• “What are you reading these days?”
• “How is the battle going?”
• “What are you learning about God.., what are you learning about yourself?”

Questions like these can help us know the hearts of our people so we can “labor among” them better. These are good questions to ask each other as well!

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