What is Christianity Explored?• A 7-week course giving people time and space to think about the big questions of life and to explore the life of Jesus.• Looking at Marks gospel, it explores who Jesus is, why he came, and what it means to follow him.
Christianity Explored Training• 1st Session (Worship) – Focus on Content• 2nd Session (After Worship) – Focus on Course (small group skills)
Christianity Explored Training• Believers – brush up on the basics of their Christian faith• Nonbelievers – opportunity to investigate the basics of Christian faith
Christianity Explored Training• IBCB – 75% of our average worship attendance take CE during 2012• Berlin – offer the CE course twice a year @ facility and twice off site
“Christianity Explored”• CE: The Course (7 weeks)• Two Options… – Small Group (Winter/Spring) – Church Course (22. Feb.) • New Group • Your Group • Your self
“Christianity Explored”• 7 Week Study• Beginning Wed. 22. February• 18:30 h (Simple Supper)• 19:00 h (Session)• Hosted @ IBCB by “CE Team”• Everyone welcome!
Why Evangelize?• What images come to mind when you hear the word “evangelist”?
Why Evangelize?• “Go and “evangelist” 28:20 make disciples…” Mt.• “Do the work of an evangelist…” someone who brings 2 Tim. 4:5 good news
The Good NewsA) God created us to be in relationship with him enjoying his perfect goodness. But we have sought our satisfaction in other things. This rejection of God is what the Bible calls “sin”.
The Good NewsB) God’s perfect love and justice means that he cannot simply ignore sin. So, we will be judged and God’s righteous punishment for sin is death and hell.
The Good NewsC) However, the good news is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to deal with God’s loving justice. Jesus – God himself as a human – died as our substitute taking our punishment on himself.
The Good NewsD) God then raised Jesus from the dead. His resurrection is the conclusive sign that Jesus’ sacrificial death has been accepted by God.
The Good NewsE) If we turn away from our sin, put our trust in Jesus and seek to obey him, we can once again enjoy the uniquely satisfying relationship with God for which we were created.
The Good NewsF) We do not deserve this extraordinary rescue, and nothing we do can earn it. All we can do is gratefully accept what God has done for us.
Why Evangelize?Seeking God Lost Sinner Shepherd Sheep Woman Coin Father Son You Family/Friend
God’s Role…Our Role2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (NIV)1 Therefore, since through Gods mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every mans conscience in the sight of God.
God’s Role…Our Role2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (NIV)3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus sake.
God’s Role … Our Role2 Corinthians 4:1-6 (NIV)6 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
God’s Role…Our RoleGod’s Role Our RoleConvicting CallingConverting
God’s Role … Our Role2 Corinthians 4:5 (NIV) “herald” “preacher” or5 Forwe do not preach ourselves, but Jesus someone who relates Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your important announcements servants for Jesus sake. from the king
God’s Role … Our Role• We do not use deception (honesty and integrity)• We do not distort God’s truth (faithful and open)• We do not preach ourselves (humble and respectful)
One Life: JesusMark 8:27-38 (NIV)27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, "Who do people say I am?" 28 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets." 29 "But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" Peter answered, "You are the Christ."
One Life: JesusMark 8:27-38 (NIV)30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him. 31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.
One Life: JesusMark 8:27-38 (NIV)33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men." 34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
One Life: JesusMark 8:27-38 (NIV)35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? 37 Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
One Life: JesusMark 8:27-38 (NIV)38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Fathers glory with the holy angels."
One Life: Jesus Identity Mission Call What does it Why did heWho is Jesus? mean to follow come? him?Mark 8:27-30 Mark 8:31-33 Mark 8:34-38