I think there are lots of reasons
- Gospel conversations are tough because they feel vulnerable. It is just easier to keep people on the outskirts. If I deeply engage it will reveal my heart, the beautiful Christ redeemed heart and the ugly sin struggling heart. I have both and they live in tension, I only want folks to see the pretty side.
- We don't want to be offensive. I grew up with the adage to not talk about religion or politics. Jesus is always my favourite subject of conversation but how do you talk about him without bringing offence?
- We don't want to be that person who is a Bible thumper (do they still use that term? Yes, I am 40)
- We don't spend time in God's word and so it is not really on the tip of our minds in the first place.
|It is time to jump into Gospel Friendships|
I think we should look at this business of gospel friendships in the same way Zack got accustomed to doing something he feared. We took 10 minutes and set it apart and said it was for practice. We need to take time with our sisters in Christ and set it apart and call it holy. Summit Crossing leadership is beginning a new strategy within our Missional Communities that they are calling DNA groups. It is a small (2-4) group of folks who will meet in a time that is holy, to have gospel conversation. It will be a safe place in which to practice sharing the deeper, tougher issues, and to celebrate the great blessing of the Gospel. I need a DNA group because in setting the small community apart as Holy Unto the Lord, I have the freedom to share and to listen in a Holy Spirit led conversation. Perhaps with practice, we will find that even in friendships outside of DNA group we are having gospel conversations. It reminds me of Deuteronomy 6:
5 Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!We need to rehearse the Gospel. We need to remind each other of the work God is doing. I know that the more I share what God is doing the more the truth of His work sinks deeper into my heart. I begin to believe that He is good when I recite His goodness. I begin to remember His faithfulness when I share with others what He is doing. I also find greater freedom from struggles when I let them out of the dark places and bring them into the light. It is a win, win. In sharing both struggle and joy I find myself in a deeper intimacy with God and His bride. Friends, let's take this challenge and take time with a small group of trusted friends. Make that time holy. Set it apart for God.
6-9 Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.