Engage by asking questions. Engaging consists of talking with someone, or starting a conversation. It's the first phase in beginning a relationship. It's the primary step in building a friendship. It's the initial step in gathering individuals.
- Asking questions is an effective way to engage someone. It's culturally appropriate, respectful, and enjoyable. It demonstrates genuine interest, indicates openness, and determines God's providence.
- Asking questions can also surface "nuggets." Nuggets are spiritual truths, or universal needs that serve as natural transition points into a spiritual conversation. Asking questions about "nuggets" deepens a conversation.
- Asking questions identifies the "red apples." In his book, Vertical Church, James MacDonald identifies people as either red or green apples. Red apples are ready for picking. They are "facing something, feeling something, needing something, searching for something...they have a strong readiness to abandon the life they knew for something better."
- Asking questions eventually results in being asked questions. Answering questions can also serve as a transition into a spiritual conversation. What we do is not who we are. What we do is our job. Who we are, is followers of Jesus Christ who are on mission as a His witnesses.
- Asking questions can be done anywhere, with anyone, at anytime. It's not limited to a specific location, a certain person or set time. This dramatically expands the number of times the gospel can be shared.
- Asking questions can be done intentionally or situationally. Intentional encounters are planned and deliberate. Situational encounters are spontaneous and random. From a human perspective they "just happen." However, from God's perspective, they are providential encounters between two people. One who is open to knowing more about God, and another who is willing to make Him known. Situational encounters usually takes place with those who are not yet friends, or acquaintances. The real harvest occurs with those not presently known.
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