Sharing the Gospel Part 4 / 8 New Beginnings by Crossing Barriers Ministry

Welcome back to part four of our eight-week Bible study titled New Beginnings. Hope you all had a great holiday. This is a course that is taught to new believers but fear not, those that are already believers, it never hurts to have a refresher course.Just a reminder to those that wish to keep notes, we have a work sheet for parts two – eight. Send us an email and we will send them to you. Those that don’t have a work sheet, answer the questions and if following online the bold-underlined words are fill in the blanks.

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The first week we learned about creation, sins, and we learn how to accept Jesus. The second week, we learn how to be sure of your salvation and just before the holidays we learned about publicly declaring your faith.

This week we are going to “Share Jesus with others”

People love to share good news. We announce marriages and births.  When something good happens, we rush to tell someone.  The more exciting the news, the harder it is to be silent.

A Christian has the most exciting news – the life changing news of eternal life. It is natural for a Christian to want to share this good news.  Think for a moment about the various people God used to bring you to the place where you were willing to receive Jesus.

Now God wants you to be part of helping others come to know Jesus.

When Andrew met Jesus, his first inclination was to bring Simon to meet Him           (John 1:40-42)

For a Christian, witnessing is not an option. Jesus commanded His followers to witness.

There are two things you should use when sharing Jesus:

  • Your personal testimony
  • Scripture

1.      Your personal testimony is your own account of (1) Your life before         receiving Jesus; (2) How you received Jesus; (3) How Jesus makes       your life more meaningful.

Read Paul’s testimony in Acts 22:3-21 

“I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied under Gamaliel and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors. I was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, as the high priest and all the Council can themselves testify. I even obtained letters from them to their associates in Damascus and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished. “About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’ “‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked. “‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.  “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. “‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me. “A man named Ananias came to see me. He was a devout observer of the law and highly respected by all the Jews living there. He stood beside me and said, ‘Brother Saul, receive your sight!’ And at that very moment I was able to see him. “Then he said: ‘The God of our ancestors has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. You will be his witness to all people of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ “When I returned to Jerusalem and was praying at the temple, I fell into a trance and saw the Lord speaking to me. ‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me.’ “‘Lord,’ I replied, ‘these people know that I went from one synagogue to another to imprison and beat those who believe in you. And when the blood of your martyr Stephen was shed, I stood there giving my approval and guarding the clothes of those who were killing him.’ “Then the Lord said to me, ‘Go; I will send you far away to the Gentiles.’”

Write your life before receiving Jesus:

Before I received Jesus, although raised Catholic, I believed in God but rebelled against religion for about 30 years. I was just drifting through life without a care in the world.

How I received Jesus:

I truly believe that although I was brought back to Jesus in a Lutheran Church and then again in a Baptist Church, it wasn’t until I joined Canaan Baptist Church by letter of faith that I started to truly understand the Lord. It was like I knew this stuff, but it was buried deep and just started creeping out.

How Jesus made my life more meaningful:

Since seriously committing my life to God, I have given up on several sins, concentrated on what God has in store for me and fully active in ministry.

2        Scripture is the second part of sharing Jesus with others.

The following verses will help you explain to unbelievers the good news of eternal life. Take time now to read them and underline them in your bible.

Romans 10:14               Romans 6:23                           Romans 15:4-6

Romans 9:1                    Romans 3:23                           Romans 6:4

Romans 15:13               Romans 8:16-17                     Romans 1:16

Romans 8:35-39           Romans 2:4                              Romans 12:1-2

Matthew 28:19-20        Luke 3:2                                  Romans 5:8

Romans 10:9                                                                   Romans 10:13

Review                                                                                                                                              

Why should you share Jesus with others?

Whom do you know who needs to receive Jesus?

Share your testimony with someone this week

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