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Sunday school lesson_2010_10_10

  1. 1. And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />Welcome<br />
  2. 2. Grow Team News<br />Homes of Hope<br />October 23rd and 24th<br />David Wheeler (Liberty University)<br />October Class Fellowship<br />??????<br />growteam@nuthalapaty.net<br />
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  5. 5. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."<br />Matthew 28:19-20<br />Called to be a Witness<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  6. 6. 8”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."<br />Acts 1:8<br />Called to be a Witness<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  7. 7. What are the ways we can be “witnesses?”<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  8. 8. Can living a Godly life substitute for verbalizing the Gospel message?<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  9. 9. 15“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."<br />1 Peter 3:15b<br />Called to be a Witness<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  10. 10. How can you share the reason for your hope?<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  11. 11. Evangelistic Witness<br />Sharing a Word of Truth<br />Briefly imparting a single truth about God<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  12. 12. John 1:40-42<br />A Word of Truth<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  13. 13. “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus.”<br />John 1:40-42<br />A Word of Truth<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  14. 14. “The first thing that Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, ‘We have found the Messiah’.”<br />John 1:40-42<br />A Word of Truth<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  15. 15. Evangelistic Witness<br />Sharing your Personal Testimony<br />Expressing the difference that Christ has made in your own life<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  16. 16. Personal Testimony<br />Healing testimony<br />Provision testimony<br />Reconciliation testimony<br />Conversion testimony<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  17. 17. Top 5 Excuses for NOT Sharing a Personal Testimony<br />My testimony is not very interesting<br />I’m not a good speaker<br />It’s not one of my spiritual gifts<br />I can handle sharing with kids, but I’m afraid to talk to adults<br />I’m very good at serving, but giving testimonies is just not my thing<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  18. 18. What are the most important elements of a conversion testimony?<br />Personal Testimony<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  19. 19. Paul’s Testimony<br />Part I<br />My life before becoming a Christian<br />Acts 22:3-5<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  20. 20. Paul’s Testimony – Part 1<br />"I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. Under Gamaliel I was thoroughly trained in the law of our fathers and was just as zealous for God as any of you are today. 4I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, 5as also the high priest and all the Council can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished.<br />Acts 22: 3 - 5 <br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  21. 21. Paul’s Testimony<br />Part II<br />Why and how I became a Christian<br />Acts 22:6-16<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  22. 22. Paul’s Testimony – Part 2<br />6"About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?‘ 8" 'Who are you, Lord?' I asked.  " 'I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,' he replied. 9My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me. 10"'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.' Acts 22: 6 - 16 <br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  23. 23. Paul’s Testimony – Part 2<br />11My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me. 12"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. 13He stood beside me and said, 'Brother Saul, receive your sight!' And at that very moment I was able to see him. <br />Acts 22: 7 - 16 <br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  24. 24. Paul’s Testimony – Part 2<br />14"Then he said: 'The God of our fathers has chosen you to know his will and to see the Righteous One and to hear words from his mouth. 15You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. 16And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.' <br />Acts 22: 7 - 16 <br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  25. 25. Paul’s Testimony<br />Part III<br />My life after becoming a Christian<br />Acts 9:20-22<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  26. 26. Paul’s Testimony – Part 3<br />20At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. 21All those who heard him were astonished and asked, "Isn't he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn't he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?" 22Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Christ. Acts 9: 20 - 22 <br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  27. 27. What is the most important element of a conversion testimony?<br />Why - When – Where - How<br />Personal Testimony<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  28. 28. Why Christ?<br />Why did you decide to become a follower – a disciple - of Jesus Christ?<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  29. 29. What’s next for you?<br />Every believer has a testimony. Write yours down and bring it next week.<br />Make a list of the unbelievers in your “oikos.”<br />Begin praying that God would use you to reach them.<br />Begin praying for workers, asking God if he wants you to be an “H” or an “O”.<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  30. 30. Your Testimony<br />Read your partner’s testimony and mark the areas that contain the 3 key components that we see in Paul’s testimony:<br />His/her life before becoming a Christian<br />Why and how he/she became a Christian<br />How his/her life has changed since becoming a Christian<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  31. 31. Your Testimony<br />Read your partner’s testimony from the perspective of someone who has never heard of Christianity or Church.<br />Mark any words that would be unfamiliar<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  32. 32. Put Yourself in the Picture<br />H2O<br />Sunday Format<br />Home Format<br />Large group time<br />Testimonies<br />Prayer<br />Equipping / Training <br />Two host couples – “H2”<br />One study leader – “O”<br />Open to unbelievers<br />Closed to other church members<br />Meet at least once per month<br />Choose your own bible study*<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  33. 33. Equipping<br />Understanding the Bible<br />Oct 17: Bible, Why – David Kay<br />Oct 24: Bible, How – David Kay<br />Understanding the Fundamentals of your Faith<br />Oct 31: Discovery Class Session 4 - Jim Russell<br />Nov 7: Discovery Class Session 1 - Jim Russell<br />Nov 14: Discovery Class Session 2 - Jim Russell<br />Nov 21: Discovery Class Session 3 - Jim Russell<br />The Reason for God<br />Dec 5 – Jan 9<br />Apologetics<br />6 Sessions<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  34. 34. What’s next for you?<br />Every believer has a testimony. Write yours down and bring it next week.<br />Make a list of the unbelievers in your “oikos.”<br />Begin praying that God would use you to reach them.<br />Begin praying for workers, asking God if he wants you to be an “H” or an “O”.<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />
  35. 35. Connecting & Communicating<br />Email Distribution List<br />bcbc-sundayschool@googlegroups.com<br />Class Blog<br />bcbc-sundayschool.blogspot.com<br />And without faith it is impossible to please God,<br />because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists<br />and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.<br />(Hebrews 11:6) <br />

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