I Am Going* calls today’s church members to lives of going – whether going around the world or to people right where they live – going out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The following is a suggested outline for leading this evangelism study in an equipping class.
I Am Going
I. Theology of Going (pgs. 4-8):
A. Pages 9-11: The choosing of a people (Israel) through which would come a Savior
B. Pages 11-15: The sending of God’s only begotten Son
C. Pages 14-15: The great co-mission between God, Israel, Jesus, us (believers)
D. Matthew 28:18-20: The Great Commission
E. Pages 17-18: The direction of our mission
II. Going to My Church
A. The church was founded on the Day of Pentecost and is made up of all believers (pgs. 25-26):
B. The church is not (pgs. 26-27):
- a building
- a denomination
C. The church is (pgs. 30-32):
- apostolic (and prophetic)
D. What are the seven marks of a healthy New Testament church? (pgs. 32-35)
E. What are the three marks of the mission of the church today? (pgs. 36-37)
F. The Great Commission is the Gospel to every nation, that is, every people group. (pgs. 37-38)
G. The Commandments are Love God, Love People. (pgs. 38-39)
H. Jesus is the Head, the church is the body. (pgs. 39-40)
III. Going to My Neighbor
A. Obeying the Great Commission should begin – not end – in the home (p. 47-48):
- What parents love, children love.
- What parents value, children value.
- What parents have a passion for, children have a passion for.
B. What does it mean to love your neighbor (pgs. 49-50; Leviticus 19:18)?
C. Six marks of Great Commission people:
- Focus (p. 51) – Good is the greatest enemy of the best.
- Awareness (p. 52) – Have passion for God and people.
- Christ-centeredness (p. 52) – Boast in Christ.
- Gospel-centeredness (pgs. 53-54) – What is the Gospel?
- Urgency (pgs. 54-55) – The issue is not one of lostness but of access.
- Every one reach one (p. 56) – Help each other. Our neighbor is anyone anywhere.
D. Page 57: “Most of the excuses we are accustomed to make with such good conscience now, we should be wholly ashamed of then (at the coming of Christ).” – from the booklet, Do Not Say
IV. Going to the Nations
A. Nations, in Matthew 28, means people groups, or ethnicities. (pgs. 64-67)
B. Being a disciple requires three things:
- deny yourself (p. 68)
- die, or take up your cross (p. 69)
- follow Jesus (p. 69)
C. Page 72: “Not every person will go to the nations, but every person has an important part in reaching the nations.”
D. Two questions (p. 72):
- What is my part?
- Am I doing my part?
E. Page 76: “The missionary churches of the New Testament became sending churches as soon as they were planted.”
F. Who are the people groups around you?
V. Going to Work
A. Non-ministry jobs are actually ministry jobs. (p. 83)
B. We are called to honor God in these ways (pgs. 84-85):
C. Three ways to make your work “as unto the Lord” (p. 86; Exodus 35:30-33; Psalm 90:17; Colossians 3:23):
- happy worker
- satisfied artist
- joyful builder
D. Jesus has authority over our jobs (p. 88). “He … will leverage (our jobs) for His kingdom purposes.”
E. Clarify the call (p.96):
- What is God’s design for my work?
- How has my work been corrupted or misdirected by sin?
- How can I redirect my workplace toward God’s design for it in Christ?
- Does my job enable me to go? (p. 116)
- What opportunities do I have to go with my job? (p. 116)
VI. Going Anywhere
Three characteristics of discipleship:
- Must love Jesus (pgs. 124+)
- Must obey Jesus (pgs. 126+)
- Must never quit (p. 129)
* Akin, D. and Ashford B. (2016). I am going. Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group.