16 May 1993

Basics study: Week 7

Week 7: Outreach

This lesson is part of an 8-week study series on the basics of Christian life.

6:30 - 6:45 Gather, socialize.
6:45 - 7:20 Eat.
7:20 - 7:30 Sing.
7:30 - 9:00 Study/discussion.
9:00 - 9:10 Discuss prayer requests.
9:10 - 9:15 Pray.

Open in prayer.

7:30 Refresher:

  1. What is the Christian's cause for joy and peace? Philippians 4:4-5

7:35 Turn to Genesis 12:1-3.

  1. For what purpose did God call Abram?
    • to be a blessing to all peoples on earth

7:40 Turn to John 17:20-23.

  1. What is a major reason to desire unity in the Church?

7:45 Read John 20:31; 1 John 1:3a.

  1. What is one reason that the gospels and epistles were written?

7:50 Turn to Romans 5:6-8.

  1. Why did Christ die?
  2. Should we be ready to make the same sacrifice as Him?

7:55 Turn to Matthew 5:14-16.

  1. What are we called to do?
  2. Is this call just for "career Christians"?
  3. What does Jesus say will make people want to praise God?
  4. What would you say is the first step toward developing an effective witness?

8:00 Turn to Matthew 28:18-20, "A Job Description for the Church".

  1. What basis does Jesus give for the commands he is about to make?
  2. Why is this important?
  3. What is the very first command (a two-letter word)?
  4. What does this imply?
  5. Is it relevant for someone who is not a career missionary?
  6. What does it mean to "make disciples"?
  7. What is the significance of "all nations"?
  8. What is the significance of baptism?
  9. What are we to teach?
  10. Is this what we teach?
  11. Is the "Great Commission" as valid today as it was when it was first given?

8:15 Turn to Acts 1:8 - topic sentence.

  1. Who or what is the source of power for witnessing?
  2. Do we tend to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit or ourselves?
  3. How can we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit?
  4. Where are we to witness?
  5. How do the places listed apply to us?
  6. Is this passage a statement or a command?

8:25 Turn to Acts 1:21-22.

  1. What was the essential message of an apostle?
  2. What should be our message today?
  3. How does this relate to what we are commanded to teach in Matthew 28?

8:30 Turn to Matthew 10:17-20.

  1. When Jesus says, "Be on your guard against men," does he mean we should avoid non-believers? What does he mean?
  2. What should be our attitude toward those who intend to harm us because of our faith?

Matthew 5:10-12

  1. Do we ever worry about using the right words with non-believers?
  2. What does this passage say about that?

8:35 Turn to 1 Peter 3:15-16.

  1. How should we respond to people who want to learn more about our beliefs?

(optional) Turn to 1 Corinthians 2:12-14.

  1. What does it mean to speak in words taught by the Spirit?
  2. Should we be surprised when non-Christians do not comprehend the gospel message?

8:40 Turn to 2 Timothy 2:23-26.

  1. How should we respond to people who want to get into arguments about religion?

(optional) Read Acts 2:22, 3:16, 13:38.

  1. What is one common element of all of these speeches?
  2. Can we draw any conclusions about how we should witness?
  3. Do we ever try to "witness" about some issue which is irrelevant to the gospel of salvation?

(optional) Read Acts 2:16, 3:22, 13:32-33.

  1. What is another element common to all of these speeches?
  2. Is there any general principle we can infer from this?
  3. How can we be prepared to have Scripture ready when we need it?

(optional) Turn to Acts 17:22-23.

  1. How did Paul treat men who were deeply devoted to a religion different from his?
    • respect, search for common ground, honesty
  2. How should we respond to Muslims, Mormons, and so on?

(optional) Read Acts 17:32.

  1. Would you say that Paul was "successful" in his witnessing?
  2. How should we respond when people sneer at our presentation of the gospel?

(optional) Read Acts 17:27-28.

  1. It's interesting to note that there is no mention of Paul quoting any Scripture during this entire discussion, although he does quote a pagan Greek poet. What might be his reason for this?
  2. What does this tell us about referring to Scripture?

8:45 Turn to Ephesians 1:11-13.

  1. Can we cause someone to be saved or not to be saved?
  2. Should we consider it a personal failure if someone does not accept the gospel message we preach?
  3. What should we do?
    • present the word of truth, trust God for the rest
  4. 8:50 What are some concrete ways we can begin to live out the Great Commission in our daily lives?

Topic for next week: the Body of Christ

Memory verse for next week: Hebrews 10:24-25 or James 5:13-20.

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