Skill #3: Stimulating people of peace to have spiritual conversations with their circles of influence.
This skill helps people of peace connect their responsiveness to God to their responsibility for their family and friends.
Stimulating people of peace to initiate spiritual conversations with their circles is a simple yet critical skill that Paul and Silas demonstrated during their conversation with the jailer in Philippi (Acts 16:16-34).
Broadening the conversation
When the jailer asked how he could be saved, Paul and Silas immediately broadened the conversation to include the jailer’s household:
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”
The jailer responded by inviting Paul and Silas into his home, where he and his whole family heard the Gospel.
The jailer initiated a spiritual conversation with his circle of influence by inviting Paul and Silas into his home.
Deepening the impact
There are at least three benefits to stimulating people of peace to have spiritual conversations with their circles of influence:
1. It affirms the leadership of the person of peace. He or she knows that you are serving them, not competing with them.
2. It reduces group resistance. By including the whole group, you are not perceived as trying to isolate vulnerable members. Groups tend to respond to this by being more supportive and less protective.
3. It helps contextualize the Gospel. The person of peace and his or her circle will naturally relate the Gospel to their needs and culture.
- What are other possible benefits of a person of peace initiating spiritual conversations with his or her circle?
- What are two or three ways that you could help a person of peace you know do this?
Share your thoughts and make it a conversation!
See an overview of all five disciple making skills HERE.