Johnny Prime shares some ideas to encourage us to talk about Jesus at mealtimes.
How’s the conversation at your dinner table? Do you find it easy to talk about the Lord Jesus with your family or with Christian friends invited round for a meal? It’s amazing how slow we can be to talk about our Saviour and what it means to live by faith in Him.
At the Leaders’ Conference in November 2017, Thabiti Anyabwile encouraged us from Acts 2 that normal church life involves teaching, sharing, eating and praying. Simple things that provide evidence of the new life given by the Lord Jesus, through His Spirit.
Talking while eating with others is a great means of grace. The gospels record occasions when the Lord Jesus taught while reclining at the table, both with His disciples and unbelievers.
Thabiti’s encouragement came to mind when I came across One Year of Dinner Table Devotions & Discussion Starters on a 10ofThose bookstall. It is written by American author, Nancy Guthrie. With a few verses and a brief thought it suggests some questions that can be discussed over the dining table by all ages. We’ve tried it in our home as we have eaten our evening meal, and hope to do so the next time we have friends from church around for lunch.
This encouragement from Thabiti also came to mind when I heard about a new tool called One21 being used by The Globe Church in London. Its aim is to help folk apply the message of the sermon they heard on Sunday during the week. The name One21 comes from the fact that we each eat 21 meals a week. The suggestion is to use one of those 21 meals to meet up and talk about the application of God’s Word.
So, with the help of a simple website, the congregation are being urged to meet up for a meal with someone else during the week to discuss the application of the Sunday sermon to their lives. Though the One21 website has only been designed for The Globe Church sermons, the principle is one we can all put into practice. For more information see: www.globe.church/resources/one21-launch
But we don’t need a book or a website: talking about our Lord and His word with other believers over a meal must always be a good thing to do!
“Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the LORD listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honoured his name.” (Malachi 3:16, NIV)