Ivan has been in Jon’s math class for the past couple days. Ivan is new in town and new at school. Jon noticed that Ivan has been sitting in class but not getting to know anyone. Jon would like to reach out to Ivan, but he feels awkward about that because the only thing he knows about him is his name. What would you say to Jon to coach him in starting a conversation with Ivan?
1. Read John 4:3-6. What’s happening with Jesus in these verses?
2. Read John 4:7-9. How does Jesus start a conversation with a woman who comes to get water from the well?
3. What can we learn from the way Jesus starts a conversation with the woman?
4. What does the woman’s response to Jesus say about the barriers Jesus needs to overcome to start talking to her?
5. Who do you think God is calling you to start a conversation with as a first step to helping them know about Jesus? Why is starting a conversation so important if you want someone to know about Jesus?
6. What is something you have in common with this person that could help with starting a conversation?
7. Based on how your group answered the last question, brainstorm with each other some ways you could start a conversation.
8. What barriers will you need to trust God to overcome to start a conversation with this person?
9. Read Acts 1:8. How can the Holy Spirit help you take the first step in being a witness (representative) for Christ to this person by starting a conversation with him or her?
10. When do you think God wants you to start a conversation with this person?
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