Wednesday: A Hospitable Lifestyle
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There is a saying that is often voiced when we speak of reaching people for Christ. It goes like this: “People don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care.” The point is that we can teach and preach all we want, but if people feel misunderstood, unloved, and unaccepted, then … [Click to read more …]

04: Evangelism & Witnessing as a Lifestyle – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : The work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts is shared by the ways in which we live in loving and compassionate service to others. [Teaching plan for “Evangelism and Witnessing as a Lifestyle” April 23, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read John 13:35. A. Ask class members to share a short … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Walking in Their Shoes
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Here’s an important point: rather than providing what we think people need, we must learn what they see as important priorities. What are they concerned about? What are their problems? What do they feel that they need?1 Read 1 Corinthians 9:20–22. What do these verses tell us about Paul’s approach to different peoples and his desire … [Click to read more …]

A Lifestyle that Witnesses While You’re Dead!
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Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet. 2 Kings 13:21 NIV There was no magic in the prophet Elisha’s bones. The … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Having Compassion for People
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Each day we all fleetingly brush past people we don’t know. We pass them on the street, sit near them in cafes, and wait with them in lines. Sometimes we even acknowledge their presence with a nod or smile as we move past them. Although we could never personally contact everyone we see each day, … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Silent Sermons
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How would you have recognized the followers of Jesus back in the first century? You could recognize the priests and the Pharisees by the way they dressed. Likewise, you would recognize a fisherman, a peasant, or a Roman soldier by their clothes. But, again, how would you recognize a Christian?1 Read John 13:35. According to Jesus, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Evangelism and Witnessing as a Lifestyle
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Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Cor. 3:2, 3; Matt. 9:36–38; 1 Cor. 9:20–22; Mark 5:1–19; John 17:11–19. Memory Text: “At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did”(Acts 9:36, NKJV). Key Thought: Whether we acknowledge it or not, all believers preach … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Spiritual Gifts for Evangelism and Witnessing
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Discover (or organize) local training opportunities. If you have decided upon an area of witnessing and evangelism and have discussed it with your pastor and evangelism leaders, it is time to consider your readiness for the task. You will want the best possible chance of influencing people for Jesus; thus, training is important. Remember, working … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Gifts and Christian Responsibility
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Spiritual gifts are not discovered just to satisfy our curiosity but rather to indicate what the Lord would have us do and to show where we fit into the church body. This, of course, brings great responsibility as we seek to fulfill that for which God has especially equipped us.1 Compare Romans 12:4, 1 Corinthians 12:12, and Ephesians … [Click to read more …]

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Once upon a time, in the land of Gifted, lived some very miserable people. They trudged through the streets of Gifted every day carrying huge burdens on their backs. A visitor to Gifted once asked why the people of Gifted carried these heavy burdens with them day after day. The answer was surprising. The visitor … [Click to read more …]