“I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Christian conversation, or as our Methodist tradition calls it “Christian Conference,” involves the art of getting along with one another and understanding the incredible value of sharing our life with other Christians. It does not mean we need to always agree but does call for us to, in the words of St. Paul, “make every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Worship is imperative for a vital church community, as is prayer, Biblical understanding and attending opportunities to better experience the grace of God, yet there is a need to take the time to talk about our faith as we journey with other Christians. The bottom line is that our faith is not intended to be lived out in isolation from other Christians or the world around us. We were created by God to be in community for the dual purpose of nurturing our souls and equipping ourselves and others to be faithful witnesses of Jesus Christ beyond the walls of the church. When Jesus taught us to pray he instructed us to begin, “Our Father…,” not “my Father.” We are baptized into one body, with a variety of gifts to share with each other for the purpose of equipping “the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:12) “Christian conference” is a means of grace by which we more fully understand how God has called us, nurtured, and equipped us to celebrate the joy of living out our faith in our everyday lives. God never intended for you to live out your faith alone, rather God has placed folks along the way and opportunities to nurture what God has given you. More than a “means of grace,” Christian conference (talk) is living out your faith to the fullest; it is God’s precious gift to you. Thank you Jesus!