Closing with Christ
Closing with Christ. That's a Puritan phrase (see John Owen).
We've been talking about having gospel conversations. Conversations with unbelievers in our lives that include a discussion of the truths of the gospel, to one degree or another. Many of these conversations will be very brief.
But God does occasionally provide with the opportunity to talk in depth with someone (ie, our own children, our relatives, our friends, etc). And any 'full conversation' will have an introduction, some 'pointed' content, and a closing.
The question is, How do we close a gospel conversation?
The video above highlights the fact that we can do so poorly by simply asking someone to repeat a prayer without sufficient gospel explanation and without sufficient knowledge of whether they are ready to turn to God for mercy and trust in Jesus from their heart and with their life.
But we should not conclude that a poor closing means that we should avoid calling people to respond to the gospel altogether.
This video helps us to see how that can be done.
You can hear more about this by going here and listening to Closing Conversations.
You can also hear more about the gospel offer and the importance of our witness to Christ by going here and listening to Despised Love.