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Schedule

Week 1 (March 3): What is your testimony?
Week 2 (March 10): How to relate your testimony with someone else
Week 3 (March 17): How to challenge someone with the gospel
Week 4 (March 24): Review
Week 3: How to challenge someone with the gospel
Flow
6:00 - Teaching
6:20 - Small Group Time
· Answer testimony worksheet (10mins)
· Write out personal testimony (10mins)
· Discuss questions (15mins)
7:00 - Pray/Dismiss

Notes:

Recap: relating your testimony with someone else, listening for a problem, concern, issue; transitioning to your testimony, “I haven’t been through the exact situation that you mentioned, but I have had similar problems.”
- Statistics say that 75-89% of people would listen to someone share his or her faith

Other ways you can transition:

- “What do you mean when you say…”
- In your opinion do you think people are basically good or bad?
- Would you consider yourself spiritual/religious? What does that look like?
- What do you think happens after you die?

Gospel Tool - All include Creation/Fall/Rescue/Restoration

Bridge Diagram
Three Circles
God’s Design
Genesis 1:31 ESV
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Sin
Romans 3:23 ESV
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Brokenness
Proverbs 14:12 ESV
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
The end result of Brokenness is death
Physical Death .
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Spiritual Death
Isaiah 59:2 ESV
but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Gospel
1 Corinthians 15:3–4 ESV
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
Jesus is God’s rescue plan for humanity
John 3:16–17 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus is the gospel
1 Corinthians 15:3–4 ESV
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
Repent and Believe
Romans 10:9 ESV
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Recover and Pursue
Philippians 2:13 ESV
for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Matthew 6:33 ESV
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Next Steps

The gospel demands a response
2 Corinthians 5:20–6:2 ESV
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
Green Light - Your job to help them with these,
Matthew 28:19–20 ESV
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Prayer
Community/Church
Discipleship/Reading the Word
Sending/tell others
Yellow Light
Invitation
Community
Prayer
Red Light
Thankfulness
Prayer
I) Group Discussion
1) Review Homework Challenge: What specific problems, issues, or concerns did you hear in your conversations this past week? How might the gospel impact those problems?
2) How have you been encouraged or challenged by this training?
3) What are the FOUR key components of the gospel message? (Creation/God’s Design, Fall/Brokenness, Rescue, Restoration)
4) What must a person do in order to be saved?
5) If a person repents and believes in Jesus as their savior, what are your next steps with them? If a person doesn’t repent and believe what is your next step with them?
II) Homework
1) Type out your testimony and email it to Pastor Sean, salford@fbcsumter.org, by Wednesday, March 20th.
2) Prayerfully consider at least THREE people that you will pray for by name on a daily or regular basis. These shouldn’t be random people, but people who you want to spend time with and connect with, people God has burdened your heart for. Use the following as a guide to pray for them:
· Name
· Notes (what have you learned about them personally and spiritually?)
· Needs (what are their spiritual and physical needs)
3) Ask another Christian friend or family member if they would share their testimony with you. ("How did you come to believe Christ and how has Christ impacted your life?") AND ask if you can share your testimony with them.
4) Share your testimony with another non-Christian friend or family member.
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