Welcome to the Gospel Conversations page! You’re invited to share stories of your gospel conversations, encouragement you’ve found, and questions you have about making your gospel conversations more effective. We will also be sharing our encouragement as well and hope that you’ll find this to be a place of enjoyable fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ. This page is dedicated to your stories, encouraging words, challenges, and other helpful tools and is meant to assist and inspire you to take an active role in the Great Commission.
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Definition of a Gospel Conversation
A conversation that naturally brings up the subject of Christ and what He has done in your life. By sharing our testimony, we introduce others to Jesus and give them the opportunity to invite Him into their heart and life.
by Bryan Lamm
I was on a job in Grayson when I got the call from Carrie, “Susan passed away last week.” The news broke my heart. She couldn’t be gone! I was just setting up a printer at her house the week before. We were going to invite her to dinner. I was going to…
To say Susan was a feisty old woman would be an understatement. She was an employee of one of our clients, and I learned very quickly that she could be rude and even hateful at times. She had a vocabulary that would make a Hollywood movie producer blush. However, the first time I met her, I couldn’t help but like her (probably because she reminded me of my feisty great aunt, who poured a lot of herself into me when I was a teenager and needed someone to love me). To my surprise, Susan liked me too. When she called the office to have someone do work for their company, she wanted it to be me.
Over the years, Susan and I had some interesting conversations. She told me about her dogs, and I talked about my children. She told me stories from her former jobs and shared lessons that she had learned along the way. If you could get past the rough language, you could see a woman with some wise insight.
One day I was called to do a job at this location and was shocked to find out that Susan had almost died recently. She had been having major health issues for a while and had gotten pneumonia, and the doctors didn’t think she would pull through. She decided to retire soon after her health scare.
I received a call one day from Susan shortly after she retired asking if I could come to her house to help her install a printer. “I want you to know why I’m asking you to come,” she said. “I can count on one hand how many people I trust enough to come into my house. I am a frail old woman, and it wouldn’t take much for someone to knock me off, but I trust you.”
“Well, I appreciate that Susan. I will be there shortly.”
While at her house, Susan told me that she had no family, literally none. She was a lonely old woman who had no one but her dogs. I left her house feeling so sorry for her. I had no idea when I turned away from the little old woman standing in the doorway, it would be the last time I saw her.
I told Carrie about my time there, and Carrie, being the tenderhearted and hospitable person she is, replied, “I feel sorry for her; we should have her over for dinner sometime.”
“Yeah, we should,” I responded. We never had time to go through with that plan.
The lady who conveyed the message to Carrie about Susan’s death said that while she was in the hospital all she could talk about was me. “She just went on and on about Bryan and how much she loved him and how great of a guy he is. She talked about him right up until the time she passed away. She really thought a lot of him.”
Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:16, “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven” (ESV).
A lesson I learned is that it doesn’t matter what you do, you can be a light to someone. You don’t have to be in full time ministry to be a light to the world. However, this is the greater lesson I learned: light doesn’t have a voice.
Susan had seen the light of Christ in me. She knew I was a Christian. As she talked to me that day at her house, I heard another voice, a voice inside that told me I had never asked her about her spiritual condition. The voice was saying, “It’s long past time that you talk to her about her soul.” But I thought of a dozen excuses to silence the voice – excuses that will haunt me the rest of my life. Susan’s knowing that I was a believer was great, but God doesn’t only want us to be a light; He wants us to be a voice. The purpose of our being a light is to give credibility to the message.
Paul wrote in Romans 10:13-14, “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”
…We were going to invite her to dinner. I was going to talk to her about her relationship with Christ.
We have been challenged by our pastor this year to “make one disciple.” Perhaps you’ve been a light to someone, but not a voice. I beg you from the bottom of my heart, please do not make the same mistake I did. Listen to the voice inside that’s telling you to give voice to the light; it might be the last chance you ever get.