4.6 min
By: Kaye Olivar

Back to Basics: Preparing, Sharing, and Closing a Conversation about Repentance

There’s always something new to learn, especially if we want to be more effective in sharing the foundations of our faith. To help you prepare for and transition from each topic in the ONE 2 ONE, we’ve come up with basic tips for sharing each chapter. We hope today’s article will help you be more prepared to share about what it means to repent and turn to God.

Before Sharing About Repentance

  1. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, boldness, and power to speak the truth in love to the person you are discipling.
  2. Study the material and dive into Scripture. Take note, ask questions, and find answers in the word. As you study, ask your pastor or Victory group leader about any questions you may have.
  3. Pray that God would ready the person’s heart and for the Holy Spirit to teach you what to speak as you converse with the person.
  4. The goal is for people to go back to God and only He can do that redirection, so be patient with the process. You may need to talk about repentance over and over again as you journey with the person, and that’s okay.

While Sharing About Repentance

  1. Observe your tone. Speak in truth, but don’t forget about love—love that is not passive or compromises in any way, but that is patient, kind, and embraces the whole truth of Scripture.
  2. As we begin to touch on the area of sin, regrets, and unforgiveness, there may be times when the person will tell you a long history of what happened to them. Don’t be in a hurry to go through the material but listen, pay attention, and take a genuine interest in their life. Ask questions and take mental notes of their struggles, so that you may continually help them in their journey.
  3. Always redirect your conversation to Jesus and who He is in that person’s life and situation.
  4. Ask the person to read the Scriptures in this chapter.
  5. While we long to establish a good relationship with the people we’re leading, remember that you are an ambassador for Christ—our loyalty is to Christ. How will this affect the way we speak truth, especially if the one we’re leading is a close friend or relative? We are put in a person’s life to help them see Christ’s truth. Our empathy toward someone should not lead us to compromise or be passive in any way.

After Sharing About Repentance

  1. If in any case that the person’s struggle is the same as yours and you feel like it’s too early  in your own journey to lead someone with the same issue, it’s wise to talk to your pastor or Victory group leader about it and assess together if you’ll simply need accountability or if you have to ask someone else to lead them. Don’t get frustrated, but be reminded that we are all a work in progress in Christ.
  2. Go through the Personal Application and find an opportunity to further minister to that person. What attribute of God can you share with them as you discover the root of their heart issues?
  3. Ask them to pray over whatever issue the Holy Spirit revealed to them at that moment. Agree with them in prayer. Then, pray over them.
  4. Set a date for your next meeting.
  5. Include them in your prayers and message them to ask how they’re doing. Build a genuine relationship with them and take interest in whatever it is they’re up to.
About the author
Kaye Olivar

Kaye is an incoming Campus Missionary from Every Nation Campus Bataan. She’s an ENFP who loves to do random things, write, call her dog just to tease him, or read a good book. When she’s not serving the students in the campus, she’s by her window, painting book covers, just for fun.

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