Jon started a conversation with Ivan by asking him where he’s from. Since then Jon has been asking him more questions, and they’ve been getting to know each other better. They even started eating lunch together after math class. Jon doesn’t know anything about Ivan’s spiritual background. He’d like to find out, but he doesn’t know how to bring it up. If you were Jon, how would you bring up spiritual matters with Ivan?
1.Read John 4:10-15. What does Jesus do to bring up spiritual matters with the woman?
2. How does the woman respond to Jesus’ statement in verses 11-12?
3. What does Jesus say in verses 13-14 to keep the topic focused on spiritual matters?
4. How does the woman respond in verse 15 to the claims Jesus made about himself?
5. What does Jesus focus on during this part of the conversation (verses 10-15)?
6. Why is it important to try to get into spiritual conversations with people? Why is it hard to do?
7. This week we want to challenge each of you to start a spiritual conversation with someone you know. Who is someone you know that you’d like to bring up spiritual matters with?
8. What do you know about this person? Based on these things, what are some ways you think you could bring up spiritual matters with this person?
9. Look at the list of questions below. Which one do you like the most as a way to bring up spiritual matters?
- Have you gone to church a lot growing up? If so, what was that like for you?
- At this point in your life do you think you’re moving closer to God, further away, or staying in the same place? Why?
- On a scale of 1-10, where would you rank your desire to know God personally (1 is low; 10 is high)?
- If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?
- Have you heard of Cru? It’s a group on campus that talks about how God relates to our lives. Do you think about God much?
10. Try to brainstorm 10 more questions as a group that would help you bring up spiritual matters with someone you know.
11. Based on all the ideas we’ve talked about, which question do you think God wants you to ask the person you identified in Question 6? When this week would be a good time to try out this question with your friend?
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