Evangelism Study

Week 1

“God’s love and the separation caused by sin”

In week one we will be turning our attention towards God’s loving creation of humanity, humanities rebellion due to sin, and the separation sin caused. In order for us to worship and love God as our Savior we need to be deeply aware of our need for salvation. One of the biggest barriers to sharing our faith in modern America is a society that rejects the idea of objective morality and personal sin. Before anyone will fall in love with Jesus Christ the Savior, they must first come face to face with the sin they need saving from.  

Readings:

Verses: Genesis 2-4, Romans 5

The Pursuit of God  by A.W. Tozer chapter 1. Following hard After God  

http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Tozer_Pursuit_of_God.pdf

(If you copy paste this URL into the search bar on Google it will bring you to a free PDF of the book. I tested it out and it works for me but if for some reason this does not work for you simply search “Pursuit of God free pdf” and there are many options available.)

Questions:

(These are questions that I personally have heard many times while sharing my faith. The goal of these questions is to think through some difficult questions so that when we have the opportunity to share our faith we are prepared to better explain our relationship with God.)

  1. Why would God create humanity if He knew we would sin and be separated from Him?
  • Most people are good why would we need to be saved?
  • You say you’re a Christian but you still sin. Why do you still sin if you have been saved from your sins?

Prayer Focus:

(The prayer focus is a simple phrase that can be prayed throughout the week to invite God to work in a specific way within us through this study)

“God reveal my personal need for Your saving grace and fill me with awe at the depth of Your love.”

Week 2

“Christ’s Ministry”

In week two we will be turning our attention towards Christ’s ministry. We so often hear about Jesus’ ministry in church that it can lose its impact. In order to live a missional life we need to be routinely overwhelmed by the reality that God entered into humanity and walked among us. The most outrageous claim of Christianity is that the Creature of the universe humbled Himself to the extent that He lived among His creation. Not only is this claim outrageous it is also what makes Christianity the most compelling. The majority of other worldviews believe in a deity that is somehow separate from the suffering and turmoil of human life, but Jesus Christ stepped into our suffering, was tempted and ultimately died to restore the relationship that was broken by our own sin. If we do not take the time to let the reality of this claim overwhelm us we will never be able to properly communicate that reality to someone else.  

Readings:

Verses: Matthew 5-7, John 4

The Pursuit of God  by A.W. Tozer chapter 2. The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing  

http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Tozer_Pursuit_of_God.pdf

(If you copy paste this URL into the search bar on Google it will bring you to a free PDF of the book. I tested it out and it works for me but if for some reason this does not work for you simply search “Pursuit of God free pdf” and there are many options available.)

Questions:

(These are questions that I personally have heard many times while sharing my faith. The goal of these questions is to think through some difficult questions so that when we have the opportunity to share our faith we are prepared to better explain our relationship with God.)

  1. Jesus was basically a wise teacher who said we should love each other. What difference does it make if I believe He is God or not?
  • What makes Jesus’ life different then Buddha or Muhammad?
  • Do you really believe Jesus healed people and cast out demons? How do you know these are not just stories or people misunderstood what actually happened? 

Prayer Focus:

(The prayer focus is a simple phrase that can be prayed throughout the week to invite God to work in a specific way within us through this study)

“God thank you for entering into the world and walking among Your creation. Empower me to remember Your teaching and imitate Your life.”

Week 3

“Christ’s Final Hours”

In week three we will be turning our attention towards Christ’s final hours. The focal point of the Christian faith is Christ on the cross. Many other worldviews are based off preferences or philosophies. Although there is a lot of philosophy within Christianity it is not based on philosophy. It is based on the historical reality of God coming to earth and sacrificing Himself for our sins. Without His sacrifice we would have no possibility of a relationship with Him. We would have no hope for the eternal end of suffering and sin. Jesus’ final hours are gruesome but because of His sacrificial act of love we can experience the pure love of God and share it with others. 

Readings:

Verses: Luke 22:39-23:56, Isaiah 53

The Pursuit of God  by A.W. Tozer chapter 7. The Gaze of the Soul

http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Tozer_Pursuit_of_God.pdf

(If you copy paste this URL into the search bar on Google it will bring you to a free PDF of the book. I tested it out and it works for me but if for some reason this does not work for you simply search “Pursuit of God free pdf” and there are many options available.)

Questions:

(These are questions that I personally have heard many times while sharing my faith. The goal of these questions is to think through some difficult questions so that when we have the opportunity to share our faith we are prepared to better explain our relationship with God.)

  1. Why didn’t God just forgive everyone’s sins instead of requiring Jesus to die on the cross?
  • If Jesus was supposed to be this great ruler how come He allowed Himself to be killed?
  • If even the people who studied the Scriptures during Jesus’ time didn’t believe Him why should I?

Prayer Focus:

(The prayer focus is a simple phrase that can be prayed throughout the week to invite God to work in a specific way within us through this study)

“God thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross. Fill me with gratitude for Your sacrifice. When I doubt my own value, or I feel broken and beaten down remind me that You gave everything to free me and love me. Increase my love for you and help my love for you overflow to those around me.”

Week 4

“Christ’s Resurrection and Return”

In week four we will be turning our attention towards Christ’s resurrection and look forward to His return. When humanity and all creation became infected with sin it brought with it death. When Jesus gave up His life on the cross and then rose from the dead on the third day He shattered the power of sin and death. In His resurrection we have the assurance that sin, death, and suffering will all pass away. When Christ returns the full power of His victory over sin and death will be realized in the world and we will rejoice with Him. In the mean time we have the responsibility and privilege to proclaim the Gospel to those around us as we eagerly await His return. 

Readings:

Verses: Matthew 24, Revelation 19-20

The Pursuit of God  by A.W. Tozer chapter 10. The Sacrament of Living

http://www.ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Tozer_Pursuit_of_God.pdf

(If you copy paste this URL into the search bar on Google it will bring you to a free PDF of the book. I tested it out and it works for me but if for some reason this does not work for you simply search “Pursuit of God free pdf” and there are many options available.)

Questions:

(These are questions that I personally have heard many times while sharing my faith. The goal of these questions is to think through some difficult questions so that when we have the opportunity to share our faith we are prepared to better explain our relationship with God.)

  1. Does it really matter if Jesus physically rose from the dead? Couldn’t it just be a powerful metaphor or couldn’t it be a spiritual resurrection?
  • If sin and death have been defeated why are they both a reality in our world?
  • How could a good and loving God condemn so many people when He returns?

Prayer Focus:

(The prayer focus is a simple phrase that can be prayed throughout the week to invite God to work in a specific way within us through this study)

“God thank You for defeating sin and death. Thank You for giving me hope that all suffering, sin, and death will pass away. Thank You for allowing me to participate in the spread of the Gospel. Please help me effectively share the Gospel with those I come into contact with and to play a role in reaching lost people. Fill me with eager anticipation for Your return.”

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