4 min
By: Kaye Olivar

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

Loving others is fundamental to following Christ. We learn to appreciate the role of the church community in our faith when we understand that God expresses His tangible love for us and grows us in love for others through the Church. To help you prepare, share, and transition from this chapter on the Church in ONE 2 ONE, we’ve come up with these basic tips.

Before Sharing About the Church

  1. Pray and study the material. Take note of some questions that might arise as you go through Scripture and ask your pastors or Victory group leader about them.
  2. Pray for the person you will meet and ask the Holy Spirit to help him or her grasp God’s purpose for the church community.

While Sharing About the Church

  1. You can begin by asking the person how they are doing in terms of connecting with others (whether face-to-face or online during this pandemic). 
  2. As you go through the Friendship section of the material, you may cite some examples of how we can negatively influence each other today. Things such as online bullying, cheating on online activities or exams, peer pressure, addiction, pornography, etc. can become habits anyone can easily fall into, since “everyone’s doing it.” We want to redirect the ones we disciple to the Lordship of Jesus in all areas of their lives, including their relationships.
  3. Emphasize the importance of walking with other believers. Share your testimony on how the church community helped you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
  4. A new believer coming to church might find the way we “worship” on our weekend services a bit weird or too much for them especially if they’ve never joined one before. You may orient them on why we raise our hands, sing songs, and what true worship is according to the Bible.
  5. Consider also that many students came from families that made it a “habit” to “go to church” as part of their family tradition. While keeping that tradition has benefited them in that they regularly hear God’s word, this is a great time for you to emphasize why we join worship services and the difference from what most of us grew up to know.

After Sharing About the Church

  1. Research in one megachurch in America found that the reason many students fall out of their faith after graduating from college was primarily due to a lack of connection to a local church community. They did fine when they were students and joined youth groups. But once they transitioned out as young professionals, they get disconnected. Since we know that discipleship is a lifetime journey and commitment, let’s remind graduating students about the value of being connected to a local church, and help them get connected to one nearer to their new jobs, if possible, or to one they can grow with.
  2. Create ways for them to be connected to a few other people in the local church through simple hangouts, and encourage them to be involved in the life of the church community by volunteering. 
  3. Commit to sit next to them during weekend services or do a watch party with other students while they’re still getting acquainted with their new community.
  4. Encourage them to create a list of at least 3 friends they will pray for and preach the gospel to. Pray that they get to experience getting connected alongside others to a local church. 
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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