Introducing Others to Jesus – Telling Others – 01/05/22

Passage – 1 Peter 3:15-16

15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

The passage 1 Peter 3, 13-22 is entitled suffering for doing good, yet Peter does not illustrate what the issues were. As we, now, in the Western ‘civilised world’ think about persecution, of the Church we are drawn, by Peter, into the persecution of the Early Church. We are left to our own conclusions what persecution means, then, and now, and how we might respond when we are persecuted or rejected for our belief in Christ.

In Ch. 1; 6 & 7 Peter talks about trials and trials which will show that our Faith is genuine, yet in Ch. 3 Vs 16 he states keep your conscience clear. Both of these statements bring us encouragement that in following Christ, Ch.3 Vs 15, for everything that we will be in His will.

Our trust is that in studying 1 Peter, Ch. 3; 15 & 16 that you will be better suited and more willing to share, walk and be blessed in following Him. It takes courage to interact with someone who is sceptical of our Christian beliefs, yet, we have to remember, their scepticism may be a front, for someone really searching, non-questioning, someone seeking, yet not really seeing. Christ asks us to be His voice in approaching others so that they may respond and follow Him.

  • How does Philippians Ch. 2 Vs 12 & 13 help us understand 1 Peter Ch. 3 Vs 15 & 16?
  • Our Testimony is personal, yet we make it public, in doing so do we give Jesus as the reason for our hope?
  • Communicate the gospel and do it with Gentleness and respect – what does this look like and how does it stand against righteous anger? How does James Ch. 1 Vs 20 or Romans Ch. 8 Vs 31 help us?
  • What is the importance of clear conscience here 1 Peter Ch. 3 Vs 16?
  • Early Christians suffered many forms of persecution because of their faith, but Jesus promised, “He who seeks his life will lose it; and he who loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:39; 16:25). Does this help us understand the verses in 1 Peter, or help to encourage us to witness more passionately?
  • 1 Peter is a book where every chapter is about how Christians suffer, for being Christians. Can you associate with this statement, and as you reflect on the hurt received, would you do it again?
  • Peter is a book of encouragement and challenge, where each verse is filled with statements bringing us closer to the living God. Do you think this is a fair or biased summary of the book?
  • No matter the situation you find yourself in, when sharing about Jesus, you will be amazed at your choice of words and the depth of your vocabulary as you share. Each time you talk about Jesus you get stronger and more convicted to tell others what He did for us.
  • When we share about what Jesus did for us are we being challenged to share Him further, each and every day?

Introducing others to Him. 1 Peter Ch. 3 gives us reassurance that:

  1. Christ will help us speak out for Him
  2. We should expect to suffer, as Christians, like Christ suffered for us
  3. We are not of this world, but are to witness to it.

Apply

As I reflect what have I found interesting? 

As I reflect what has challenged my life, attitudes and actions

Is there one practical step I can apply to my life to help me to become more like Jesus?

How would this help me to introduce others to Jesus?

Is there there anything I need to pray about, explore further or extra help I need?

Is there someone I should share with, pray with or encourage?

Introducing Others to Jesus – The Greatest Commission – 24/04/22

Passage – Matthew 28:18-20

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” 

Go – introduce others to Jesus

We do this by:

Making Disciples

Baptising in the Name the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

  • Welcoming them into community: as we baptise we invite others into membership of the church.

A creative minority is a Christian community in a web of stubbornly loyal relationships, knotted together in a living network of persons who are committed to practising the way of Jesus together for the renewal of the world.

To become a creative minority is not easy because it involves maintaining strong links with the outside world while staying true to your faith, seeking not merely to keep the sacred flame burning but also to transform the larger society of which you are a part. This is a demanding and risk-laden and choice.

A Creative Minority, Jon Tyson & Heather Grizzle, p12

A strong faith community is important as we seek to introduce others to Jesus. How can as individuals and a church grow as disciples and serve the needs of others outside the church? What makes a faith community attractive to others?

In the Name of:

  • as ambassadors – we are God’s ambassadors on earth
  • on behalf of – God choses us as his instruments
  • for the glory – all we do is for God’s glory (that people may appreciate his goodness)
  • in the power of – we are empowered by the Holy Spirit

How do the four points above help us as we seek to introduce others to Jesus?

Teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you

  • Lifestyle: our words and example; how we live is key to introducing others to Jesus; people learn from hearing us and seeing all we do.
  • In relationship: why are good relationships and willingness to share life together important as we seek to introduce others to Jesus, and teach them his ways?

Evangelism is not just about bringing people to a point of making a decision for Christ, but it is also about helping them embark on a lifetime of obedience to Jesus.

J John: The Natural Evangelism Course

Jesus gave us the greatest commission – yet the church isn’t growing. Why do you think this is? As we continue this series we will see it is vitally important that we introduce others to Jesus.

Commanded by Jesus

Convinced by the Gospel

A church that does not do its best to help others to become Christians is disobedient and guilty of the sin of omission. Jesus said, ‘All who love me will do what I say’ John 14:23.

J John: The Natural Evangelism Course

If we are convinced by the Gospel and our mission, we will seek introduce others to Jesus.

  • Jesus commanded us to go, why is it easy to be guilty of the ‘sin of omission’?

Compassion of Jesus

Convinced its the right thing to do

If we really love God, we will love other people. Jesus was deeply moved by human needs. In Matthew 9:36–38 we read:

The Workers Are Few

Matthew 9:35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

In the original Greek, ‘compassion’ is a very strong word, full of deep, gut-level feeling and emotion. It’s about being moved to the depths of one’s heart, ‘suffering with someone’ by entering into their despair and pain. 

Evangelism is not just about numbers; we count people because people count. Because we are made in the image of God, every individual is a person of intrinsic worth.

J John: The Natural Evangelism Course

If we grasp the compassion of Jesus, we will be convinced that introducing others to Jesus is the right thing to do.

  • Think about Jesus’ compassion and how it changed those he met.
  • What do we learn from Jesus’ compassion?
  • Why is compassion key to us being able to live out the great commission?

Conviction of Jesus

Convinced by the power of the Holy Spirit

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Are you convinced that the Holy Spirit is working in you?

Think about your relationship with the Holy Spirit:

  • What spiritual sifts do you have?
  • Is the fruit of the Spirit evident in your life?
  • When was the last time you felt prompted and convicted by the Spirit?
  • When did you last feel empowered by the Spirit?

The Holy Spirit will help us to live with the same conviction Jesus had, as we seek the be obedient to the great commission.

Apply

As I reflect what have I found interesting? 

As I reflect what has challenged my life, attitudes and actions

Is there one practical step I can apply to my life to help me to become more like Jesus?

How would this help me to introduce others to Jesus?

Is there there anything I need to pray about, explore further or extra help I need?

Is there someone I should share with, pray with or encourage?