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Starting Conversations About the Gospel

Many of us do wish to share our faith with our colleagues but how can we begin some of these conversations naturally? Kiyoko Mori has been working in the marketing and design field and she shares with us her experiences over the past few years as she has tried to initiate such conversations with her colleagues.

 

Many of us want to talk to our friends and colleagues but don’t know how to begin! So, how do you begin these conversations with your non-Christian friends?

I often start by asking how my colleague's weekend was and what they did in order to get to know them better. I think it’s important to begin by getting to know my colleagues first to understand what struggles, interests or stages of life they are going through. This helps me to find some common ground with them, and also helps me to think about how I can intentionally share about and show God's love. If they return the favor and ask me about my weekend, I will share that I went to church to let them know I'm a Christian. Sometimes I discover that my colleagues also go to church and I use this chance to start conversations about what they believe in. I’m also constantly praying that God will grant me the courage to speak boldly if needed or to just be open and natural to share about  who God is to me.

I remember an incident when I was an intern in a local company as a university student. I managed to share the gospel over dinner with my colleagues who were 2 grown man that were at least 5-10 years older than me. I can't remember how I persuaded them to let me share my faith not in the office, but in a really noisy coffee shop! Although they were lightly teasing me about my faith, somehow God gave me the courage to be fearless and bold to just share the gospel. Till this day, I have no idea how my sharing would have in anyway left a mark in His kingdom, but one thing I do know, is that God's word never returns empty and that God will use this for His own glory (Isa 55:10-11)

 

Has it been different with friends or colleagues that are internationals? 

Yes! With my Japanese friends, they’ve often never heard much about the full story of Christ. Prior to any one-on-one meals I usually give a lot thought of how I can direct the conversations and ask God for ways in which He wants me to share the gospel during the meal. This really helps me to be intentional with my time spent over the meal and also to find creative ways to talk about God in topics that might come up.

I recall a time when I was with my Japanese boss at work, and we were having dinner together. I just casually asked if she know anything about Christianity or about God. She mentioned she didn't know, and was open to hear what the gospel is about, and so I shared on the spot. During these moments I'm reminded of 2 Tim 4:2 -- "...preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." It has been a reminder to be ready to share anytime because you never know when God will just create a unique situation for you to speak about Him.

 

What are some struggles that you've also faced?

Sometimes I do feel inadequate to be the one to facilitate a Bible study with a non-believer. I also struggle when it comes to sharing the gospel in another language, and for me, it’s Japanese. I feel I lack the vocabulary to explain how God is different from the many gods that Japanese are familiar with. To explain concepts (e.g. trinity, justification, purification) and other big words in another language can be extremely exhausting and discouraging when I feel I wasn't able to explain things clearly.

 

How have you seen God at work through the years?

God has given me so many opportunities to share my faith and some of them often very naturally and spontaneously. I also notice a change in some of my colleagues hearts over time when I talk about God or my faith at work.

 

How would you encourage everyone to take the first step or to keep persevering?

I think if we realize how intentional God is with his time to reach out to us day to day, we too should be doing the same to allow Him to use us at any given day and time! If he has placed you in your current work place, God has placed you there for a specific task to share the gospel for His name sake (c.f. Acts 17:26-27).

I'd encourage us to cling to 2 Tim 4:1-8! Our time here on earth is short. The colleagues you meet at work may not always be with you for many years to come. They may move to another company or get relocated. As children of God we're all called to share the gospel in a world that only wants believe and preach 'fake news'. Sadly, many will believe it instead of the 'good news' and often we will look like fools having to endure suffering in order to do the work of an evangelist. But our lives will not just end here on earth. As 2 Tim 4:7 reminds us, we would have not suffered in vain for keeping the faith. God will reward us on the day when we meet him! Let us persevere and remember that as long as we're alive, we still need to run the race that He's set out for us.

 

The Young Adults are hosting a screening of the movie "The Case for Christ" on 25 Nov, 1 pm at Golden Village Cinemas, City Square Mall. This is an excellent opportunity to invite colleagues, friends and family members to view this movie, and then to use the movie to begin conversations about Jesus and what Christians believe. If you'd like to find out more about the movie, or are interested to buy tickets, please click here.