Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on March 31, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Galatians 5,
- MONDAY: Psalm 119,
- TUESDAY: Mark 1,
- WEDNESDAY: Hebrews 12,
- THURSDAY: John 13,
- FRIDAY: 2 Corinthians 9,
- SATURDAY: Hebrews 10, Matthew 9,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Tough Questions Sermon Title: The Unexpected Adventure
Delivered On: March 24, 2019
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect... (1 Peter 3:15)
Thank God that he made us not just to know him, but to share him with others in ways that can change their life, and their eternity. Ask him to help you see this as the unexpected adventure it really is – and not something to fear or avoid. Ask God to open doors for you this week so you can be used to impact the lives of people you love.
Think through relationships you have with people outside the church, including those you know at work, at school, in the neighborhood, and even in your extended family. Which of them do you think God might be calling you to talk to about spiritual matters? Write that person’s name down, as well as a plan of how you could start a spiritual conversation with them.
Small Group Discussion
Have you ever thought of sharing your faith as an unexpected adventure? What other adjectives come to your mind when you think of evangelism? What would it take to make it adventurous for you?
Have you ever had positive experiences in sharing your faith that felt like an adventure? Is there an example you could share?
Peter shared his faith in a very direct way. Paul often used an intellectual style. Can you relate to either of these? When have you seen one of these styles used well – either in your own life, or by someone else?
The blind man in John 9 pointed people back to Jesus by telling his story – how Jesus had healed him. And Luke 5:29 tells us that Matthew reached out relationally by having a banquet in this house. Have you tried either of these approaches – the testimonial, or the interpersonal? How did it go?
The Samaritan woman in John 4 couldn’t wait to tell her friends what Jesus had said to her. But more than that, she invited them to come down to the well to hear Jesus for themselves. We can all invite people to the church, or to some other event that might spiritually encourage them. What people and ideas come to mind right now?
In Acts 9 we read how Tabatha was used by God as she made clothing for needy people. Acts of service can open up some of the most resistant people – those who have been hurt by others. Have you seen God use such service in your own life to draw people toward Christ?
Which of these six styles of evangelism – direct, intellectual, testimonial, interpersonal, invitational, or serving – do you think best fits you? (Each person share what they think is their most natural style or combination of styles.)
Given what are your areas of strength, do you also see areas that you lack – areas that might be helped by partnering with someone else in the group? How might you partner with someone this week to supplement each other’s efforts in order to reach a friend or neighbor in one of your lives?
Is there a reason you’re hesitant to take steps to reach your friend? How might the group encourage or help you to take a small risk to talk to someone for Jesus this week?
Picture what might happen if you take that small risk – how might it help the person you talk to? How might it affect their life now, and into eternity? In light of that, are you willing to take a risk or two this week? Share a practical step you’re willing to commit to in order to reach out to someone in your life who needs Christ.