Southern Baptists have been talking about “gospel conversations” in recent years. The main point of the discussion is to discover ways that believers can steer ordinary, daily conversations toward gospel truths. These ordinary conversations might be about sports, culture, personal needs or a host of other topics. This could eventually lead to our friends, fellow workers or family members making a decision to follow Christ.
Pastors and teachers, let’s consider some ways you might steer your sermons or Bible studies toward gospel truths. First, ask “What are people thinking when they arrive for worship or attend my Bible study group?” They might be thinking about this week’s ACC tournament, news headlines or a family emergency.
This Sunday, March 17, many of them will be wearing something green. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. So, what can you do to use this opportunity to point someone to the gospel? Do you know enough about the missionary and bishop in Ireland’s history who is recognized on this special day? The information is easy to find if you want to learn it. You don’t have to agree with everything about the man’s life to use Patrick's story as a starting point for “gospel conversations” from the pulpit. It’s what many people are thinking about, so it’s a great place to connect with them where they are.
At a recent gathering of Baptist editors from across the country, we heard from a professor or journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who shared some very interesting perspectives on the value of community journalism. Take a few minutes to read this story
and especially note her thoughts about the survival of journalism.