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

Either ask the person you’re working with to look at the list below and choose an area to work on or choose one for them.

 

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

Use a MEET-UP GUIDE to help you organize your time no matter which topic you pick.  If you’re stuck as far as where to start, consider following a path like the one below.

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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.

 

 

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

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