The Courage to Love
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“I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.” 1 Corinthians 5:9-10, NIV The problem of how the church should relate to … [Click to read more …]

Bang! Bang! You’re Dead!
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“‘Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?’ The expert in the law replied, ‘The one who had mercy on him.’ Jesus told him, ‘Go and do likewise.’” Luke 10:36-37, NIV In the popular media, most problems seem to be solved by some … [Click to read more …]

The Three Angels’ Messages and the Triumph of the Gospel Over Legalism
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“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” Revelation 14:6. Who is this first angel and who are the three angels?1 Revelation 1:20 says that the seven stars are … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Defining Evangelism and Witnessing
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Think about your personal testimony and make sure that you are able to give it when the opportunity arises. Take some time to sit quietly and consider what areas of church life you enjoy being involved in or that you would consider being involved in if you were asked. Write them down. You may be … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Our Job Description
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Read 1 Peter 3:15. What is this text teaching us about witnessing? How does it fit in with what we have been looking at so far? 1 By now we have considered evangelism and witnessing sufficiently in order to be able to suggest what we deem as an adequate biblical job description. We don’t need to create … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Telling Our Stories
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As stated earlier, the most powerful witnessing a believer can do for Jesus is to share his or her personal testimony. That is, the sharing of what God has done for me and how He has affected my life and experience. Usually a personal testimony is expressed in three distinct sections. The first part is … [Click to read more …]

Above My Pay Grade
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What do you think of when I say the word ‘evangelism’ or the word ‘witnessing?’ Do they mean the same thing or are they different from one another? And, just who’s supposed to be doing them anyway?1 Many of us like to believe that, they’re someone else’s job, right? Evangelism is something preacher’s do in … [Click to read more …]

01: Defining Evangelism and Witnessing – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Sharing what Christ has done for us on a one to one basis is a critical part of the church’s long-term evangelistic work.   [Teaching plan for “Defining Evangelism and Witnessing” April 2, 2012] 1. Have a volunteer read Acts 4:13, 5:42. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Biblical Evidence
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The early believers, no doubt, had obstacles to overcome as they committed themselves to spreading the good news about Jesus. Not the least of these obstacles would have been that most were untrained in the religious schools of the day, and, therefore, would have had little or no credibility in the eyes of the established … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Witnessing Is . . . ?
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A witness is one who gives a testimony, one who attests to something that he or she knows from personal experience. A Christian’s personal testimony regarding the work of God in his or her life can be very powerful. On one occasion Jesus healed a demon-possessed man (see Mark 5:1–19). When the healed man wanted to follow Jesus, … [Click to read more …]