First Touch Apologetic Conversation Analysis

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Conversation Analysis I think for a first-touch apologetic conversation, this one went as well as could be expected. My goal in this conversation was not to present every counter-argument to her worldview or generate some kind of proof to win her over instantly to the Gospel. I hope that this is the first of several conversations about faith, and therefore I didn’t try to “close the deal.” My goal was to understand better how she sees the world, what aspects of her background have influenced that worldview, and any lingering questions she might have about faith or the world that I might, from a Christian perspective, be able to speak into in the future. Specifically, I think the conversation went well because, throughout our dialogue, …show more content…
Though Jessica may assent to the idea that God exists, she does not believe God affects her life. She needs to understand that by nature we reflect who God is in a way that we cannot explain. Why do we feel things like love, mercy, forgiveness, a need for justice, goodness, etc.? How could everything in creation have come about so randomly? How do we explain medical, natural, psychological miracles in the name of God if he does not interfere or care for people? These are simple questions and only a starting point, but I think Jessica’s ultimate need when it comes to opening herself to the Gospel is understanding that God does exist and he does care for her; He is not just there to punish us when we make him unhappy. She needs to understand that he does affect her daily life already in nature, governments, even in her own personality. Just because she does not acknowledge that he is in control, does not mean he loses control. Just because she doesn’t want to be in his community and violates his desires for her, does not mean relationship with him in obedience is not real or best for her. I think to address these needs, it’s vital for this contact with Jess to be more than a conversation to bring her around, but a friendship deeply rooted in the fact that I share these things with her out of love, not out of judgment or condemnation. I do not want her to believe in the Gospel so that she has to admit I’m right; I want her to believe in the Gospel for her good and for her joy- not to deprive her, but to give her a full

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