Tell Someone – You can share the Good News


Tell Someone – You Can Share the Good News*

Discussion Guide


Take a moment to read pages 124-125.


I.  INTRODUCTION

QUESTION:  What is the Gospel?  We teach the simple definition found in I Corinthians 15:3-4, “…That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

  • On page 129, Greg Laurie says, “Our message is Christ and Him crucified.  …  There is power in the simple message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.”
  • Our evangelistic conversations must transition to the Cross.  That is the key!
  • Prayer – Read together the prayer on page 15.

II.  Jesus cares. The Heavenly Father cares.

Do you care?

  • Luke 15 features three parables. Notice the progression from joy in heaven (Parable of the Lost Sheep), to joy in the presence of the angels of God (Parable of the Lost Coin), to joy of the Father (Parable of the Lost Son).
  • Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.  (Philippians 2:5)

III.  The objective of Tell Someone:

To lead people to Jesus and bring them to maturity (p. 26).


IV.  Chapter 4

This is an inspiring chapter that will draw you in to Tell Someone.

  • Go into all the world can also mean go out of the way into all of your world.  (Mark 16:15)
  • Billy Graham once said, “We are the Bibles the world is reading.  We are the creeds the world is needing.  We are the sermons the world is heeding.”  (p. 40).

—  “They’re sincerely loving and nice people, and they’re happy.  They’re happier at the root level than most people I know in life, actually.”  (Self-described agnostic, Michael John Warren, the director of a documentary film about the worship band, Hillsong, describing his movie’s subjects).

  • What does it mean to preach? Very simply, to have a conversation.  To preach the Gospel is to talk about the Good News.
  • “The Gospel is only the Good News if it gets there in time.”  (p. 47)

V.  Tell Someone – whenever!

Enjoy Greg’s story in chapter 5, pages 50-51.

  • QUESTION:  When and where are you most likely to encounter people with whom you can Tell Someone?

VI.  The How-to’s

  • What do you tell? Very simply:  Christ and Him crucified.  (II Corinthians 2:2)
  • What do you know? The Gospel is the Good News, the Message of Faith, the Word that is Preached:

• It is delivered as the Word promised.  John 3:16
• It is defined as the Word preached.  I Corinthians 15:3-4
• It is declared as the Word proclaimed.  Acts 10:36
• It is decided as the Word professed.  Romans 10:8-10, 13

  • What do you do?

• Engage people about their personal interests (like the author said, people like selfies!).  Ask questions about a person’s life, interests, views, outlook, goals, family, etc.

• Let them talk!  Soak in what they say.

• Begin to build your bridge to them:

· Be humble, not holier-than-thou.

· Evangelism 101:  Make a spiritual point or observation, and see if they respond. (pgs. 57 & 58)

· Use tact – Say the right thing at the right time (p. 62).  Ask key questions.  Jesus’ style of evangelism:  He spoke and He listened. (p. 64)

· Be clear, bold, loving, and humble as you speak.  Remember, no one has ever been argued into heaven!  (pgs.65 & 67).


VII.  Rabbit chasing

People will try to take you down endless rabbit trails that are secondary at best.  Try to address the issue they are asking about but always return to the Gospel (p. 76).


VIII.  The Power of Your Personal Story

Every personal story is valid because there is someone out there a lot like you.  (p.82)

• What is your favorite Bible verse?

• Write or outline key elements/snippets of your personal story.  Wrap it up with Jesus!

 



* Laurie, G.  (2016). Tell someone:  you can share the good news.  Nashville, TN:  B&H Publishing Group.