Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 30, 2014:
- SUNDAY: Revelation 1,
- MONDAY: Revelation 17,
- TUESDAY: Revelation 19,
- WEDNESDAY: Matthew 1:18-25,
- THURSDAY: Luke 1,
- FRIDAY: Luke 2,
- SATURDAY: Colossians 1,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Level Up! Sermon Title: Raising Your Boldness to Share
Delivered On: November 23, 2014
"Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…" ([bible]Ephesians 6:19 [/bible])
Ask God to give you opportunities to share the life-changing message of Jesus. Pray that when this happens you will notice and then boldly share the Good News of Jesus.
A Story Within a Story: Practice telling your testimony (the story of when you became a follower of Jesus). As you practice, be sure that while you are telling your story you share how you first heard the story of Jesus (from a parent, grandparent, Sunday School teacher, Pastor, Youth Leader, Camp Speaker…). Practice sharing the story of the gospel through your own eyes.
Small Group Discussion
How did you work on leveling up your prayer life in the last week? Did you see a difference in how you approached sharing God’s love with others?
Read: Acts 4:18-20 . What would it take for you to live with this level of boldness in your own life? Sometimes boldness to share faith can be perceived as arrogance or being pushy. How can we live and communicate in ways that still proclaim Jesus but come across as humble and grace-filled?
We all have natural conversation about different topics we are passionate about and we even try to win people over to our way of seeing things. What are some examples of conversations where we do this (Political views, taste in foods, products we like…)? What makes talking about our faith more difficult and challenging than these other conversations?
How comfortable are you when it comes to sharing your own story of how you came to faith in Jesus Christ? If you are comfortable doing so, would you share your own story in 2-4 minutes to give an example of how this can be done?
What are areas of your life where you would like to grow in boldness in sharing your faith, telling your story, and talking about Jesus? What steps are you going to do to make this happen?
Sometimes people feel as if Christians pretend to have no doubts or troubles in their life. How can we naturally share our own struggles and uncertainties and how might this honesty lead to faith-based conversations with non-believers? How can sharing about our own struggles also help us express authentic faith to people who are spiritually curious?
John R. Stott wrote, “We should not ask, “What is wrong with the world?” for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, “What has happened to the salt and light?” What is your reaction to this quote?
What steps are you going to take in the next week to grow in your boldness to share your story of faith and the message of God’s love given in Jesus?