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I came across this video on YouTube and was reminded of the immeasurable greatness of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  Watch the video… remember… and praise the greatness of Jesus!!!

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For a review of this week’s study, read I Peter 3:13-17:

1 Peter 3:13-17 (ESV) – 13 Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.

In studying this passage, we see six aspects of Peter’s apologetic method (i.e. how to answer objections to the faith…):

1)      Do not fear man (v. 14, cf. Matt 10:28.)

2)      Sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart (v. 15.)  (Note: This is the controlling verb in this passage.  Everything else flows from this aspect of the Christian life.)

3)      Demonstrate hope (“… make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” – v. 15.)

4)      Always be prepared to make a defense for the hope that is in you by sharing your faith (v. 15.)  (Note:  The ground of our hope is our faith.  Without faith in Christ… we have no hope.)

5)      Give a defense with gentleness and respect (v. 16, cf. II Tim 2:24-26.)

6)      Live a godly and righteous life so that those who slander you will one day be ashamed (v. 16.)

We will examine how to apply this method to various objections to the Christian faith next week!

Homework for Week # 12:

–          Memorize I Peter 3:15-16 and review your Scripture memory verses (Luke 10:2 and I Corinthians 15:1-4.)

–          Spend some time each day going over the 4-point outline of the gospel (i.e. God, Man, Christ, and Response) and the 4-point outline of redemptive history (i.e. Creation, Fall, Redemption and Recreation) either out-loud or in writing.  Be prepared to share the gospel next week in class.

–          Engage in at least 1 gospel conversation this week with an unbeliever.

–          Read Romans 9:1-5.

  • Describe Paul’s attitude toward unsaved Jewish people.
  • How does this compare to our attitude toward those who are lost around us?
  • Spend some time meditating on this in preparation for class.

–          Review the homework assignment from Week # 11 regarding answering objections to the authority of the Bible and rejection of the exclusivity of Christ.

–          Spend some time reviewing the material we have covered over the past 11 weeks:

  • What have you learned?
  • What do you still need to learn?
  • What questions do you have regarding the gospel and evangelism?
  • How will this course affect your evangelism in the future?
  • Be prepared to discuss this in class next week.

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–          For a review of this week’s study, read the sermon entitled “The Birthmarks of the Church” found here https://ramblingpastorman.wordpress.com/2008/07/14/the-birthmarks-of-a-true-church-%E2%80%93-acts-242-47/.

–          Homework for week # 11:

  • Review your Scripture memory verses (Luke 10:2 and I Corinthians 15:1-4.)
  • Spend some time each day going over the 4-point outline of the gospel (i.e. God, Man, Christ, and Response) and the 4-point outline of redemptive history (i.e. Creation, Fall, Redemption and Recreation) either out-loud or in writing.
  • Spend some time thinking about common objections to the gospel in our culture today.  Engage in a discussion with a fellow Christian this week regarding these objections and how to address them biblically.  Be prepared to discuss this in class next week.
  • Engage in at least 1 gospel conversation this week with an unbeliever.
  • In preparation for next week’s class, consider the following passages of Scripture:
    • Read I Peter 3:15-16.  (It might be helpful to read the entire context (verses 8-17, but focus on verses 15-16.)  Then answer the following questions:
    • What does this passage teach us about how to respond to unbelievers who disagree with us regarding the Christian faith?
    • What are the implications of this for our evangelism?
  • We will be discussing two common objections to the gospel and Christian beliefs.
    • Objection # 1: Disbelief in the authority of the Bible
      • What are some common misconceptions regarding the Bible in our culture today?  Provide some specific examples if possible.
      • Read II Timothy 3:14-17 and II Peter 1:19-21.
        • What does this teach us about the nature of Scripture?
        • How should we respond to the misconceptions in our culture regarding the Bible?  How can we answer the objections of the world?  Should we?
    • Objection # 2: Rejection of the exclusivity of Christ
      • Read John 14:6 and Acts 4:12.  (It might be helpful to read the context of these verses.)
        • What does this teach us about the nature of salvation?
        • How does this relate to our evangelism?
        • How does our culture respond to the exclusive claims of Jesus?
        • How should we answer the objections of our culture to the exclusive claims of Jesus?

 

 

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–          For a review of this week’s study:

–          Homework for week # 10:

  • Review your Scripture memory verses (Luke 10:2 and I Corinthians 15:1-4.)
  • Spend some time each day going over the 4-point outline of the gospel (i.e. God, Man, Christ, and Response) and the 4-point outline of redemptive history (i.e. Creation, Fall, Redemption and Recreation) either out-loud or in writing.
  • Spend some time thinking about common misconceptions in our culture regarding the 4-points of the gospel: God, Man, Christ and Response.  Engage in a discussion with a fellow Christian this week regarding these misconceptions and how to address them biblically.
  • Engage in at least 1 gospel conversation this week with an unbeliever.
  • In preparation for next week’s class, consider the following passages of Scripture:
    • Matthew 5:13-16, John 13:34-35 and Philippians 2:14-16. (Note:  In each of these passages, the terms translated “you” and “your” are all plural in the original Greek, implying that these are statements and commands regarding a group of people rather than simply an individual.)
      • What do these passages teach us about the role of the church in evangelism?
      • Read Acts 2:42-47 and think through the questions below:
        • What is the context and setting of this passage?
        • Make a list of all the characteristics of the early church.  Be specific.  Define each characteristic clearly.
        • What was the impact of this church on the community around them?  (Think carefully about this.)
        • How is evangelism described in this passage?  (i.e. What does the church “do” in this passage in order to evangelize the lost?  Think carefully about this.)
  • Reflect on the following questions and issues:
    • Does the church today in our culture resemble the church as described here in Acts?  In what ways are we similar?  In what ways are we different?  How does this affect our evangelism?
    • Consider what you can do to facilitate your local church becoming more like the church described in Acts 2.

 

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