Currently, we are reading the book Unsilenced: How to Voice the Gospel by James Boccardo. It is a great book about evangelism that also includes some information about Apologetics.
Class yesterday was good as usual. Very good discussion. Here is what we covered:
- Shared conversations we’ve had with some people and objections they raised.
- Watched a 2 min 38 sec video called “Is There Absolute Truth?” by Living Waters: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lvSGCaicEg
- Practiced our memory verse Philemon 1:6 “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ”. Then we talked about the meaning of that – specifically why sharing our faith will help us to “have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ”. We also looked at the difference in the HCSB translation. Here is a list of how this verse looks in many different translations: http://www.biblestudytools.com/philemon/1-6-compare.html
- We read from page 112 to 119, covering problems 17 – 19.
Here are the questions we talked about during those sections:
- (pg. 112) Problem #17: I Don’t Like When People Push Their Religion on Me
- (pg. 112) It is hard to share the Gospel with someone who says this. What question can you ask them that may open a door (or “call their bluff”)?
- (pg. 112) Besides someone pushing their religion on them, is there an alternative reason why someone may not want you to share your faith with them?
- (pg. 113) Don’t “push your religion” on them, but do what instead?
- (pg. 114) Problem #18: What About the Guy on Death Row?
- (pg. 114-116) We’re all “on death row”… 150,000 people die each day. Does anyone really know when that final breath will come?
- Can you provide a biblical example of a “deathbed conversion”?
- What do the guy on death row and the average person have in common in God’s eyes?
- (pg. 117) Problem #19: What about the “Sinning Christians”? Those Hypocrites!
- (pg. 117) What would happen if people saw how serious their sin was in God’s eyes?
- (pg. 117) Is everyone who calls themselves a Christian actually a Christian? What did Jesus say about this?
- (pg. 118 – top) Since Christians still sin after they become Christians, why aren’t they necessarily hypocrites?
- (pg. 118) What question could you ask someone to get them to consider the fairness of judging all Christians by the “hypocrites”?
When we were discussing the last section about hypocrites, we also discussed how the person complaining about hypocrisy is actually agreeing with Jesus and we looked a bit at Matthew chapter 23:
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
We also talked about 2 other teachings about or from Jesus:
Luke 23:39-43 (regarding deathbed conversion) One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. ” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
And Luke 18:9-14 (regarding the contrast between the self-righteous Pharisee and the humble tax collector, who acknowledged his true predicament): To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.“
Next week, we’ll finish up chapter 6, watch a few witnessing clips and may get started on chapter 7 if we have time…