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Plan of Salvation

Matthew 24:14 KJV 1900
14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Day 2
Using the following verse, develop in your own words a five-point outline for sharing the essential facts of the Gospel with someone. Write two or three sentences to explain each point in you routine.
Romans 3:23 KJV 1900
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:23 KJV 190023 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Sharing Outline
++All people are sinners
All need the forgiveness that can only come through Christ
John 3:16 KJV 1900
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 KJV 190016 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 Peter 3:18 KJV 1900
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1 Peter 3:18 KJV 190018 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
Sharing Outline
++All people are sinners
++Christ died for our sin
So that we can come to God
Ephesians 2:8–9 KJV 1900
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8–9 KJV 19008 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Sharing Outline
++All people are sinners
++Christ died for our sin
++Salvation is a free gift
we could never earn it
We could never deserve it
It is received by faith
Luke 9:23 KJV 1900
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luke 9:23 KJV 190023 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Sharing Outline
++All people are sinners
++Christ died for our sin
++Salvation is a free gift
++To come to Christ we must repent
Repent of our sin
Die to ourselves
Make Christ the Lord
1 John 4:9–10 KJV 1900
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1 John 4:9–10 KJV 19009 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
John 4:19 KJV 1900
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
John 4:19 KJV 190019 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Sharing Outline
++All people are sinners
++Christ died for our sin
++Salvation is a free gift
++To come to Christ we must repent
++His sacrifice was proof of His love
God love us so much He sent Christ to die for our sins.

Things to remember

Day 3

What guidelines do the following passages give us concerning how we are to go about sharing our faith?

1 Corinthians 9:19–23 KJV 1900
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
1 Corinthians 9:19–23 KJV 190019 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
We will not share our faith effectively
++If we aren’t willing to identify with people
++If we are unwilling to know them
++If we are not willing to listen to them
Sharing your faith
++Is a long term commitment
++Is about relationship building
2 Corinthians 4:1–2 KJV 1900
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
2 Corinthians 4:1–2 KJV 19001 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; 2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
In sharing your faith
++Be honest with your intentions
++Do not use deceptive methods
++Be authentic
2 Corinthians 6:4 KJV 1900
4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,
2 Corinthians 4:6–7 KJV 1900
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Your lifestyle is the foundation of what you say.

We must
++Be a good example of Biblical standards
1 Timothy 4:12 KJV 1900
12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
1 Peter 2:11–12 KJV 1900
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:11–12 KJV 190011 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
We must be
++Be a good example of Biblical
++Avoid that which is evil
++Have a good reputation
++Glorify God with your life

How did the word of God spread from Jerusalem to the rest of Judea, Samaria and the other surrounding provinces when we are told that the Apostles stayed in Jerusalem?

Acts 8:1–4 KJV 1900
1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.
What caused the Gospel to spread?
++It wasn’t God’s Presence
++It wasn’t God’s Provision
++It wasn’t God’s Power
++It was man’s Persecution
God can use whatever he wants to get the job done.
It was through man’s persecution
++God’s Presence would be revealed
++God’s Provision would be known
++God’s Power would be seen
Read Acts 19:1, 8-10
Acts 19:1 KJV 1900
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

How do you suppose that “all the residence of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks” if the Apostles stayed in Ephesus for two years as vs 9-10 state?

Acts 19:8–10 KJV 1900
8 And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. 9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. 10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

Paul taught teachers

It was never Paul’s intent
++To just have student
++Another one to mentor
Those that Paul taught in Ephesus
++Didn’t stay in Ephesus
++They went forth
++They taught what they had learned

Every-believer Evangelism

For the Gospel to spread
++Every Believer must be involved
++Every Believer must be engaged

What conclusions can be reached concerning God’s method of spreading the Gospel by considering your answers to the previous two questions in light of Romans 10:9-10?

Romans 10:9–10 KJV 1900
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We must
++Believe
++Confess
Sharing the Gospel
++Is our unique privilege
++Is our unique responsibility
Day 4

What is the role of the Holy Spirit in the task of bringing people to Christ?

John 16:7–8 KJV 1900
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
John 16:7–8 KJV 19007 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
The Holy Spirit
++Brings Conviction
He works to convict the world of sin and show them their need for Christ.
Acts 1:8 KJV 1900
8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:8 KJV 19008 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The Holy Spirit
++Brings Conviction
++Empowers the believer
He empowers the believer to be a bold witness for Christ
Mark 13:11 KJV 1900
11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
Mark 13:11 KJV 190011 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Spirit
++Brings Conviction
++Empowers the believer
++Give the believer the right thing to say
1 Corinthians 2:4–5 KJV 1900
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Acts 14:3 KJV 1900
3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Acts 14:3 KJV 19003 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
The Holy Spirit
++Brings Conviction
++Empowers the believer
++Give the believer the right thing to say
++Confirms the preaching of God’s word
The word comes with Power
that your faith will rest in the power of God.

Evaluate the role which the “personal testimony” of the women at the well played in the conversion of the people of Sychar.

John 4:39–42 KJV 1900
39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. 40 So when the Samaritans were come unto him, they besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his own word; 42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
A personal testimony
++Spoke of Christ
++Declared who He is
++Made people curious
++Made people investigate

What are some of the practical implications for us in fulfilling our responsibility to share our faith?

Our goal is
++Not to raise followers of us
++To get people to Jesus
Following us may be part of the process but not the goal.
John 4:42 KJV 1900
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
John 15:1–8 KJV 1900
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
John 15:1–8 KJV 19001 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

To be effective we must maintain our connection to Christ

Romans 9:1–5 KJV 1900
1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
Romans 9:1–5 KJV 19001 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: 4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
His love and concern is measured
++A concern of the conscience
++A concern of the heart
Romans 10:1 KJV 1900
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Romans 10:1 KJV 19001 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.
Ephesians 6:15 KJV 1900
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Ephesians 6:15 KJV 190015 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
1 Peter 3:13–17 KJV 1900
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
1 Peter 3:13–17 KJV 190013 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. 17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
Day 5
Define some of the characteristics of the Gospel using the following verses:

Characteristics of the Gospel

Mark 1:15 KJV 1900
15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Mark 1:15 KJV 190015 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Mark 8:35 KJV 1900
35 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
Mark 8:35 KJV 190035 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it.
The Gospel
++Calls people to repentance
Jesus calls people to make a commitment.
This entails
++repentance, turning away from sin
++faith in the message of the gospel.
++giving up ones life to follow Christ
Acts 20:24 KJV 1900
24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Acts 20:24 KJV 190024 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
The Gospel
++Calls people to repentance
++Communicates the God’s grace
The Gospel is a gospel of grace.
This means God’s undeserved favor and forgiveness can be ours through faith.
Romans 1:1–4 KJV 1900
1 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
Romans 1:1–4 KJV 19001 Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, 2 (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,) 3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; 4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
The Gospel
++Calls people to repentance
++Communicates the God’s grace
++Commemorates Jesus Christ
The Gospel is all about Jesus Christ.
He is a man, born in the line of King David.
He is also God’s son, as was proven in a powerful way when He rose from the dead.
2 Timothy 1:8–10 KJV 1900
8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
2 Timothy 1:8–10 KJV 19008 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
The Gospel
++Calls people to repentance
++Communicates the God’s grace
++Commemorates Jesus Christ
++Clarifies the new life
The Gospel as brought both to light both life and immortality.
Through faith in Christ, we can experience true life and, best of all, it will last forever.
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