Learning to ask questions.

A long time ago, I was trained to ask four questions after a gospel presentation. Whether it was a talk, a team meeting, or a video, I memorized them as a transition into a spiritual conversation. If you have been around a while, you will remember

  • “What did you think of the…?”
  • “Did it make sense to you?”
  • “Have you ever made the wonderful discovery of knowing Jesus Christ personally?”
  • “You would like to, wouldn’t you?”

Regardless of what we might think of these particular questions today, asking questions is a way of engaging others in their own personal spiritual journey. The point is to show genuine care and interest in seeking to get to know them.

You may be familiar with the #FallingPlates video. It has been viewed more than 12 million times, in 231 nations. The Executive Producer, Howard Crutsinger, oversees the FallingPlates.com project and is continuing to release the video in different languages. To help people engage in meaningful conversation after watching the video, Erica Frogner wrote several useful questions:

  • What was your favorite part?
  • Which picture stuck out to you the most?
  • What was the most interesting part for you?
  • When I saw this, I thought ________. What did you think?
  • Have you ever felt like you’re searching for something?
  • What do you think you are searching for right now?
  • Where are you on the journey of following Jesus?

Incidentally, here are a few resources about #FallingPlates and for sharing it with others.

Now these questions may have been intended for #FallingPlates. But why not look for opportunities this summer to engage others in the meaning and purpose of life when you have opportunity? Even if you are walking out of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, chances are something deeper than “The movie stunk.” “Or what were the critics thinking?!” might ensue.

Ending the year well.

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