How to Share Your Faith: CONNECT

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does Hebrews 4:15 teach us about who God is and what He is like?
  2. Why do you think that sharing stories about struggles that each of you has can build trust?
  3. Once you have listened to someone, what are some appropriate phrases you could use to connect to someone’s story?
  1. Why Connecting is So Strategic
      1. Common ground builds trust. 
        1. It feels human when someone can relate to you.  It’s dignifying.
      2. Our story is a powerful demonstration of the reality that God is available and working in us.
        1. We aren’t just pitching “information about God at people.” We are sharing a real life story, and people tend to be attracted to stories because they can potentially relate
        2. One of the most significant motivations that people have for listening to the Gospel is to hear about how God has worked in and changed your life.
        3. When we share our story, it helps other people see what God is really like because of how God has related with you.   It can generate hope in the possibility that God will also connect with them as well.
  2. Tips on How to Connect inConversation
      1. We connect to other people’s stories through three avenues:  
        1. Our story, Others’s Stories, God’s story.
        2. Try to not be “forming your next questions or reply” while the person is speaking.  Engage them by really processing what they are saying.
      2. Make sure that you appropriately ask permission to share YOUR story in the conversation.
        1. You don’t want to rush things, and you can’t assume that they want to hear your story.  The art of transitioning from LISTENING to CONNECTING is subtle, and if we aren’t careful, sometimes we can come across as disingenuous if we rush to share our story. 
        2. At the same time, as we actively listen to the other person, we are prayerfully looking for an opening.  You’re listening for ways that you can connect by asking permission to share your story. 
          1. “My story is not exactly the same, but I think I can relate to you a little bit.  Would you mind if I shared how I experienced something similar?”
          2. “That hasn’t been my experience, but I have a friend who went through something similar.  Can I share their story with you?

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