Questions and Barriers
Help people take steps in a relationship with you and towards overcoming barriers in becoming a Christ-follower.
BEFORE THE MEETING
View each lesson as an exploring-faith-taking-steps process. Do not worry about getting every word correct as you share these lessons. Also, don’t worry about finishing the lesson in one day. The process can take as long as it needs to. Be willing to slow down or speed up depending on the person you are meeting with. Remember, it is OK and necessary most of the time for each lesson to take more than a week to explore.
Pray for the person/people to be receptive to the truth and for clear communication. Familiarize yourself with the relational questions so that your conversation will be natural, not as if you are reading from a script.
Always listen to the responses and celebrate the steps people are taking.
In this lesson you will find example questions to guide your conversation as well as resources that can help you find answers to peoples barriers.
Here are 5 of the top main barriers/question topics that people have when it comes to taking steps in exploring faith. We know these aren't necessarily easy topics.
TIP: Listen to the answers that the person
is giving; they will lead to other questions
that may or may not be on this list.
TIP: Listen for opportunities to take the conversation
to a spiritual level.
TIP: Listen to the answers that the person is giving.
If you sense the person has no barriers to belief and would be receptive to learning how to become a Christ-follower, continue immediately to the spiritual questions at the end of this lesson.
TIP: If you sense the person has one or more barriers to belief, ask if they would be willing to meet again to discuss the barrier(s).
TIP: Narrow the focus to one barrier at a time. Show them how to find the information to answer their questions. Arrange a time to get back together to talk.
TIP: Make sure you familiarize yourself with the topic front the website before you meet again. If you need help contact your small group leader or a pastor to help you.
TIP: If they are unwilling to meet again, thank them for talking with you and leave the door open for
TIP: Listen to the answers that the person is giving. If you sense the person has no barriers to belief and would be receptive to learning how to become a Christ-follower, continue immediately to the spiritual questions at the end of this lesson.
Where are you from?
Where did you grow up?
How big is your family?
Are you still in contact with friends from your childhood?
What was your family life like?
What is your best childhood memory?
Where did you go to school?
What did you study?
What was your most valuable educational experience?
What do you do for a living?
What has been your favorite job? Least favorite?
If you could do anything regardless of pay, what would it be?
What has been the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your career?
Are you in a relationship?
How did you meet?
How long have you been married or in a relationship?
Do you ever picture yourself being married?
When you were a child, what was the level of spiritual interest in your home?
What kind of religious background do you have?
What has been the most positive spiritual experience that you’ve had?
What do you believe our purpose is?
Do you believe there is a God?
If so, who do you think God is?
What is your opinion of life after death?
Who do you think Jesus is?
HEAVEN, SPIRITUAL IDEAS
If there is a heaven, what do you think it take to get there?
Would you mind sharing your spiritual beliefs?
How did you form these beliefs?
God as Creator / God’s Existence
Tragedy and Suffering / Doubts