WORKING WITH THE CURIOUS

Almost all the people who came to faith in Scripture would have been classified as CURIOUS (Ethiopian Eunuch, the Woman at the Well, Zacchaeus).   Your goal with a CURIOUS person is to steward their curiosity and help them transition to belief.  The truth is that genuine conversion isn’t fueled by a person’s curiosity but rather by the call of Jesus on their life.  You’ll need to help CURIOUS people discover that Jesus is calling them.  For more tips for working with the CURIOUS, click here.

Here is what a CURIOUS person might say…

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  • EXPLORE THE BIG STORY
  • EXPERIENCE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY
  • BEGIN A CONVERSATION WITH GOD
  • ASK ANY QUESTION

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ONE QUESTION 

“Have you ever heard what Christians believe from a practicing Christian?” If they say yes, ask them to explain what they heard. If they say no, ask them if you can.

THE GOSPEL 

Often we want to know if someone is curious enough for us to present the gospel to them. But try to change your thinking about this by actually using a gospel presentation to see if their curious. Use the three circles explanation followed by a quick lesson from 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 to do this. If they believe the gospel and start to identify as a Christian, move them to the BELIEVER path and start with the Commands of Christ. If they want to investigate more, continue to the Seven Stories of Hope.

SEVEN STORIES OF HOPE 

If someone hears the gospel but isn’t ready to follow Jesus you don’t have to just keep repeating your presentation or wait idly by while they become ready. If they are interested in learning more, the SEVEN STORIES OF HOPE are good way to explore the Jesus called people out of their hopelessness.  As they are going through this weekly study with you, have them read some KeyVerses for the curious that you can either text or email them daily.  Start with verses about:

THE BIG STORY 

JESUS // GOD // CREATION // REBELLION // RESCUE // INTERMISSION // HOME // LIFE This is an in-depth look at The Big Story of God. Justin Buzzard provides great insights, homework and conversation starters. He writes to those who believe and those who aren’t quite there yet.

 

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It can’t be stressed enough that spiritual growth is…well…spiritual and not a natural process we can tangibly observe, label and manipulate. But we see in scripture some principles of growth that help us peek behind the curtain of divine activity. Here’s one way to illustrate the disciple making growth process:

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Although a person who is CURIOUS and not a follower of Christ hasn’t been transformed by God yet, its still good to familiarize ourselves with the process.  We often discover or are given new growth areas that challenge us.  It’s helpful to create a benchmark of our understanding and obedience in those areas.  We then need to make some important connections that God uses to grow us.  God transforms us through this process which results in new rhythms in our life.  Finally we re-assess so we can celebrate what God done and move on to a new growth area.  For a fuller explanation of the process see the WORKING WITH BELIEVERS section.

Here are examples of some possible growth areas with a linked in resource for that area.  Make sure to download this LEADER’S PREP GUIDE to help you think about how to lead someone through these growth areas.

THINGS TO KNOW

THINGS TO FEEL

  • BECOME GOD-AWARE
  • BECOME SIN-AWARE
  • TRUSTING GOD’S CHARACTER
  • DRAWN TO JESUS
  • FEEL GOD’S LOVE

THINGS TO DO

  • EXAMINE KEY SCRIPTURES
  • PRAY WITH SOMEONE
  • START TO PRAY ON THEIR OWN
  • ASK QUESTIONS, GET ANSWERS
  • INTERACT WITH BELIEVERS
  • START RESISTING SIN

 

STAGES is a disciple making pathway developed by Paul Johnson of the Canadian National Baptist Convention.

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