Spring 2018 Weekly Tips #3
Paul Making His Defense
In Acts 26, the Apostle Paul took the opportunity to address King Agrippa and make a defense of his actions and words. Paul was near the end of his presentation when he challenged the King with these words:
27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
29 Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
Paul used verse 27 to bring about common ground with King Agrippa. You can tell the King understood the message of the Gospel when he replied in the revealing words in verse 28. In verse 29, Paul’s response was a powerful reminder of his motivation in sharing his faith.
What About You? Are you establishing common ground and a rapport with those around you in order to share the Gospel? Is your Gospel presentation clear enough that people can respond by understanding the message? Are we convincing and winsome as you encourage others to place their trust in Him? Agrippa seemed to be almost persuaded.
Have A Transferable And Sequential Plan For Your Bible Studies
Our goal on campus is to reach as many as will listen, with the Gospel message. For those who respond, you want to have a plan for your Bible studies that are transferable, sequential, and easy to teach. You want to be able to have others imitate you as you teach a Bible study, so they can take a turn to teach, and even start their own study. This is called multiplication. You want to help others learn to do the ministry. I suggest the simple Bible study template called; The Community.
This is a why I highly recommend this study series because of their consistency in teaching format, foundational content for new and young believers, and enough variety to last you almost 8 semesters. If you have not settled on a teaching series that works for your ministry situation, consider The Community series.
Talk to you next week,
Ben with Cru