Spiritual Conversations

Why don’t we talk more about our faith? Are we too busy? Too distracted? Too uncertain? Are we afraid to open up because we don’t want to offend or jeopardize a relationship? Are we shaky on this because we don’t think we know the right things to say or the right way to say it?

Could you explain your relationship with Christ in an “elevator talk” – a 3-4 minute conversation? Do we really believe this is important?

Bill Hybels, founding pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago and of the Global Leadership Summit, published a book in 2006 entitled Just Walk Across the Room. It contained some common-sense advice about how to have spiritual conversations with people within our circles of influence. One of his take-aways was the encouragement to live in 3-D:

  • Developing friendships
  • Discovering stories
  • Discerning appropriate next steps

Most of us know we should be concerned about the eternal destinies of family, friends, colleagues, classmates, neighbors, and others with whom we have influence. If they are to hear about the saving grace of Christ, why not hear it from us? Are we willing to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit, to bathe these relationships in prayer?

Right now, ask God to place on your heart someone who needs to hear the Gospel.

  • Is it a family member?
  • Is it the guy in your foursome?
  • Is it the girl on your soccer team?
  • Is it the person you see at the store often?
  • Is it the person in the next cubicle?
  • Is it the mail deliverer?
  • Is it the family who lives across the street?

I need to be better at starting spiritual conversations. I don’t have trouble talking about sports, politics, or the weather. Why don’t I have an urgency to talk about the most important Person in my life? Do you feel the same? What are we going to do about it?

Hybels began his book with a number: 10,000 … ten thousand steps. “Roughly, that‘s the distance you travel sunrise to sunset, each and every day of your life. It adds up to about 115,000 miles in a lifetime. Are you using your steps wisely? Assume the average distance across most rooms is twenty feet – about ten steps. What if ten steps – just one thousandth of your daily average – could actually impact eternity?”

It seems we better watch where we walk. Our steps might lead us to life-changing experiences. Does it make sense to you? Loving God … Connecting People … Changing Lives!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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