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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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For a review of this week’s study, consider viewing the following resources:

–          Read the manuscripts for the sermons entitled “The God Who Keeps His Promises” (found here http://mbcpastoringlobe.wordpress.com/2008/05/19/the-god-who-keeps-his-promises-%E2%80%93-acts-1313-41/) and “Three Responses to the Gospel” (found here http://mbcpastoringlobe.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/three-responses-to-the-gospel-%E2%80%93-acts-1342-52/.)

–          For a further study of the role of divine sovereignty and human responsibility in salvation, consider listening to the 2-part sermon series by C.J. Mahaney entitled “The Mystery of Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility.”  You can download it here http://www.sovereigngracestore.com/ProductInfo.aspx?productid=A1251-00-51.

Homework for Week # 9:

–          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.

–          Think about how to connect biblical events (particularly Old Testament historical events) to the gospel.  Discuss this with a fellow ChristianBegin making it a habit to connect everything you read in Scripture to the gospel.

–          Engage in at least 1 gospel conversation this week with an unbeliever (preferably a “churched” unbeliever). In this conversation, attempt to utilize biblical events or passages to ask the following questionWhat does this teach us about God?  What does this teach us about Jesus?

–          In preparation for next week’s class, read Acts 17:16-34 and think through the questions below:

  • What is the context and setting of this passage?  (You might find it helpful to look up the location on a map and/or in a Bible dictionary.)
  • What affect does the idolatry in this culture have on Paul?  What does this teach us about Paul’s motivation in evangelism?
  • Who is Paul sharing the gospel with in this passage?  (Make sure you read the entire passage before answering this…)  How does this affect his evangelism?
  • Make an outline of Paul’s presentation of the gospel in verses 22-31.  Specifically think through the following aspects of his message:
    • How does Paul start his gospel presentation?  What efforts does he make to “connect” with his hearers?  How can we do this today?
    • Paul spends a considerable amount of time describing the attributes and actions of God.  Why?  Make a list of God’s attributes and actions in this passage.  How is this relevant to our gospel presentations today?  How can we do this today?
    • What does Paul teach about humanity?  Sin and judgment?  What response does Paul call his hearers to?  How is this relevant in our evangelism today?
  • How do Paul’s hearers respond to the gospel in this passage?  (Be specific.)  What does this teach us about the responses we should expect engaging in evangelism?
  • How is this passage relevant to our evangelism today?  Spend some time this week thinking about the problem of biblical illiteracy and idolatry in our culture today.  How much or how little does the “average person” know about the Bible today?  What forms of idolatry do we encounter in our culture today?  How does this affect our evangelism?

 

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For a review of this week’s study, consider reading the sermon entitled “Two Unlikely Men and One Unlikely Salvation” on Acts 8:26-40.  You can find it here https://ramblingpastorman.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/two-unlikely-men-and-one-unlikely-salvation-%E2%80%93-a-sermon-on-acts-826-40/.

Homework for Week # 8:

–          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.

–          Engage in at least 1 gospel conversation this week with an unbeliever. In this conversation, attempt to ask the following questionWhat do you believe about Jesus? (i.e. Who is He?  What has He done?)

–          Engage in a conversation this week with a fellow Christian regarding how the gospel relates to human brokenness and sin.

–          In preparation for next week’s class, read Acts 13:13-52 and think through the questions below:

  • What is the setting of this passage?  (You might find it helpful to look up the location on a map and/or in a Bible dictionary.)  What has taken place prior to this?
  • What type of people is Paul sharing the gospel with here?  Why does this matter?  How does this affect his presentation of the gospel message?  (Think carefully about this…)
  • What is Paul doing in verses 16-22?  Make a list of the actions of God described by Paul in this passage.
  • What is Paul attempting to communicate in verses 23-37?  How does Paul describe Jesus in this passage?  (Be specific.)
  • What response does Paul call his hearers to in verses 38-41?
  • How do the people respond to Paul’s message in verses 42-52?
  • How do Paul and Barnabas respond to rejection?
  • How can we apply the principles seen in this passage to our evangelistic efforts? To answer this question, it might be helpful to answer the following questions:
    • What are some wrong understandings of the gospel which are common in the church today?  How does this passage inform our evangelism of those who might hold to wrong understandings of the gospel within the church?
    • How does Paul use Scripture to share the gospel in this passage?  When might this be appropriate in our evangelism?  Is this always appropriate?  Why or why not?
    • What responses can we expect when we share the gospel with others?  How should we respond to rejection in our evangelism?

 

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Homework Assignment for Week # 7 – How Do We Share the Gospel – Part 3 – (Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch – Acts 8:26-40)

For a review of this week’s study, here are some helpful resources:

–          Read “Our Lord’s Conversation with the Woman of Samaria” in John Brown’s “Discourses and Sayings of our Lord” (pages 64-77.)  You can find it online here http://books.google.com/books?id=SZl9u8v0Yi8C&pg=PA64&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false .  This is an excellent sermon on the passage we studied today by an oft-forgotten pastor from the 19th century.  Don’t let the age of the sermon scare you away!  It is worth meditating on…

–          I would also highly recommend John Calvin’s commentary on this passage of Scripture.  You can find it online beginning here http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_vol34/htm/x.htm .  Again… John Calvin gets a bad rap from some people today, but don’t let that keep you from reading some of his writings.  He was a careful expositor of Scripture and his commentaries are worth reading today (all of which can be found online for free!!!)  His applications are often grounded in his own time period (as are ours today…) but his thoughts on John 4:1-42 are worth reading.

–          If you have the time, you can read, view or download the audio or video of John Piper’s sermons on this passage, all of which are helpful (although he does not emphasize the evangelistic approach described in this passage.)  He has 4 sermons on this passage and you can find them here:

Homework for Week # 7:

–          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.

–          Engage in at least 1 gospel conversation this week with an unbeliever. In this conversation, attempt to ask the following questionWhat do you believe about Jesus? (i.e. Who is He?  What has He done?)

–          In preparation for next week’s class, read Acts 8:26-40 and think through the questions below:

  • What is the setting of this passage?  (Read the context.)
  • What was Philip doing as this text begins?  What happens to him?  What is his response?  (see verses 26-27.)  Why is this important?  How does this relate to our evangelism today?
  • Describe the Ethiopian eunuch by making a detailed list of his characteristics (i.e. What is he like?  Where is he from?  What does he do?  Where has he recently been?  What is he looking for?)
  • Why does it matter that this man is a eunuch?  (Read Deuteronomy 23:1.)  Spend some time meditating on this individual and his circumstances.  Specifically think about the consequences of his sin and the impact they had on his life.  Make a list of modern day examples of sin which have similar consequences.
  • In verses 32-33, we learn that the Ethiopian eunuch was reading from Isaiah 53.  Read Isaiah 52:13-53:12.  Who and what is this passage referring to?  (Be specific.)  What does the eunuch need in order to understand this passage? (see verse 31-35.)  How does his apply to our evangelism today?
  • What is the significance of baptism in verses 36-38?  (Note that although verse 37 does not occur in the best Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, something similar to this conversation must have taken place.)  How does baptism relate to evangelism?
  • What did Philip do after this evangelistic encounter?  (See verses 39-40.)  What does this teach us about the work of evangelism?
  • How would you summarize Philip’s approach to evangelism in this passage?  How is it similar to what we have seen in the ministry of Jesus (i.e. the rich young ruler and the Samaritan woman)?  How is it different to what we have seen in the ministry of Jesus? Be specific.
  • How can we apply the principles seen in this passage to our evangelistic efforts? To answer this question, it might be helpful to answer the following questions:
    • What can we learn from this passage about being available for evangelism?
    • What does this teach us about sharing the gospel with those broken by sin?
    • What can we learn about the use of Scripture in evangelism?
    • What is the place of Jesus in our evangelism?

 

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Watch as Ligon Duncan sums up the gospel for us very succinctly…

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