Table Talk – Sparking Curiosity

Pizza @ WB

Nilansh, Lex, Renate, Bungie, Mel, Ming, Phil, Quy

Introducing to you the WorkBuddies… as you can see we are well concerned about our diet. Friday Pizzas is the most fun and relaxing part of the week; when everybody can really hang up their keyboards or headsets and just talk about anything and everything.

Typically after Friday lunch we’d leave the table feeling satisfied, not only with a tummy full of fattening and unhealthy food but with yet another interesting and engaging fact. O, the many things we’ve learnt about bikes, places around the world, house of representatives, mountain climbing, 4wd, more bikes, sports, and on and on…

But for the last few weeks religion has been the most interesting topic. Thanks to a scientific-minded person who likes to point out that there is no physical evidence that shows proof of the existence of God… not yet anyway. For him and others who don’t believe in the bible, it is a great leap of faith to put all their trust in the one person in history who claims to be the Son of God.

It is, however, this gospel which sparks curiosity and fuels the debate about God and other religions. How can the bible be reliable when there is so much inconsistencies, or when it has passed through so many hands and translations? Don’t all religion point to the same God anyway? Isn’t religion just a vivid imagination of man’s quest to find a God?

There is no magic on how to bring up such topic. Deep inside each of us there is an incurable ‘spirituality’. However, it isn’t a topic of conversation that can be introduced easily but it takes just one person to put forth their view or belief and everyone would be engaged.

An effective way to open doors for opportunity to talk about the gospel is not to defend or attack but to show meekness. What has meekness got to do with sharing the gospel? Meekness will help you hear and understand the other person and their belief. Meekness will help you be a good witness. Meekness will help you trust in God in your conversation. By doing this you may have more opportunity to continue the conversation. If you want to find out more about meekness read Blessed are the Meek – John Piper.

Frequently, when we are asked about our faith in Christ, we tend to talk of the gospel rather than what the gospel says. The difference seems subtle but in a conversation, speaking of the gospel would be like raising some certain facts about the history of the gospel and its authors, the bible and how it’s the word of God, and other evidences that may prove the gospel is reliable. The question asked normally puts us into such position and it is sometimes difficult to talk about what the gospel says about Jesus. But you don’t have to. It may not always be in that conversation that you have to share the gospel, so instead, listen and understand the person first and most importantly pray for that person for the next conversation.

After a conversation you can follow up by pointing them to other resources. At our work, one book that seemed to have sparked some interests was a book called “If I were God, I’d make myself clearer” by John Dickson. It is a short book and its intention is to get people who asks similar questions to the title, to look deeper into the different religions and see how Christianity is unique. Well, the book did just that for a colleague and is wanting to read a few more books on this matter. In fact, it was so effective that it caught onto two other colleagues, simply by how “interesting” he found it. This must be the grace of God.

There is no one effective way or one effective tool that will bring a person to Christ. As Rev Michael Bennett writes in Christianity Explained.

“There must be the backing of prayer, and a genuine concern for the state of people around us who are living without Christ. Unless we have the compassionate heart of an evangelist, any tool such as [Christianity Explained] will just be wasted ink!”

The same can be said for our words and our efforts. So let’s first seek the glory of God’s kingdom first, have the heart to see the lost saved, and pray for those around us.


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