Even if you want to, sometimes it can be difficult to know how to turn a conversation towards spiritual matters. Below are some ideas, categorised by topic, try to remember a few and see where they lead!
- What gives most meaning to your life?
- What, or who, are your sources of strength in your day-to-day living?
- When you have problems or crises, how do you manage to get through them?
- Is religion or God important to you?
- Does God (or a Higher Power) seem personal to you?
- Do you feel close to or far away from God?
- What do you imagine that God is like?
- Can you point to things that God has done for you?
- How is God working in your life right now?
- Are you comfortable with what you understand to be God’s guidelines for living?
- Do you feel there are barriers of some type separating you from God?
- Have you ever been mad or upset with God?
- Have you ever done something for which you feel God could not forgive you?
- Do you understand the way to forgiveness and what it means?
- Do you think God has a plan for each person’s life?
- What would it take for you to live up to what God expects of you?
Devotional life and practice
- What kinds of religious material do you like to read?
- What are your favorite authors, writings?
- Do you like religious music? Kinds? Favorites?
- Have you read much of the Bible?
- Do you understand the Bible when you read it?
- Does Bible reading help in living? How?
- Is prayer a meaningful part of your devotional life?
- Do you feel there is spiritual growth going on right now in your life?
- Are you involved in a church?
- What do you get out of being involved in a church?
- Which teachings of your church resonate the most with you?
- Do you personally know anyone who is the pastor of a church?
- Are you a member of an accountability or nurturing group in your church?
Religion and illness
- Has being ill made any difference in your thinking or feeling about God?
- How has being ill affected your devotional life?
- When you are ill, do you ever feel that God may be punishing you/wants you ill?
- How do you feel about suffering?
- Do you trust God with your future?