Date: July 2, 2017
Title: Share Christ
The Point: We have a responsibility to introduce our friends to Jesus.
Get Into the Study
Use the following discussion as an optional introduction to today’s session. Use the following introduction and question as an alternative to Question 1 printed in the Leader Guide and Personal Study Guide.
Ask: What did you hear or read online this week concerning the Stanley Cup championship? Spend some talking about why they knew about the games, how they heard, and what their take was on the hype.
If you are a hockey fan, know someone who lives in Nashville or Pittsburgh, or have been watching the news you know about the Stanley Cup and who won the championship. From social media, to the news, and word of mouth a buzz was created about the game’s leading up the championship and the last few minutes of the final games. People have been talking about hockey and even people who don’t understand the sport knew something big was happening.When we get excited about something we talk about it! That’s where our time this week takes us with Jesus and some of His followers.
Our conversations reveal what’s important to us and what’s on our mind. As believers, we’re called to share about Jesus through our lives, word of mouth, and even social media (if that’s something your group engages with). In today’s study, we’ll see how we can live lives that point to Jesus.
For more information on the game take a look at http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2017/06/11/hornqvist-the-hero-as-pens-capture-second-straight-stanley-cup/?cid=eref:nbcnews:text (accessed June 12, 2017).
Dr. Beth Masters works with college students at Mississippi College where she is the Director of Christian Life and Ministries. She has a PhD in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Beth loves young adults, baking, and coffee.
Study the Bible
Use the following to supplement your discussion of John 1:40-45.
A photo of a man mowing his lawn while a tornado rages behind him has become a social media sensation. The man in the photo is calmly going about his business, seemingly oblivious to the storm behind him. His family had warned him, and anxiously tried to get him to seek shelter inside. He refused, saying he was keeping an eye on things himself. Thankfully, he was not harmed.
Think of a time you were anxious for someone to listen to you. If you had found shelter from a tornado and saw someone outside, what would you do? Would your response be immediate? Or would you be hesitant, nervous of how they’d respond? What if your words had been ignored in the past?
The gospel is the good news of Christ’s love for us. It isn’t just about the dangers we could face, but about the shelter we have found.
In John1:40-45, both Andrew and Philip were given shelter — a Savior, who is Christ. They responded in similar ways, sharing the good news with others immediately.
Ask Question #3: What can we learn from Andrew and Philip’s response to following Jesus?
Nikki Wilbanks is a stay-at- home mom, writer, Bible study leader, and commercial real estate appraiser/investor. She graduated from Pepperdine University, and lives with her husband and two children in Murfreesboro, TN.
- Who is the most famous person you have ever met?
- What famous person would you like to meet?
- Do you like to figure out how to do things yourself or have someone help you?
- What can you learn about other by observing their friends?
- When did you first hear about Jesus?
- How did Jesus first catch your attention?
- How would you describe your reasons for following Jesus?
- Who in your life is good at introducing people to Jesus?
- What do you find intriguing about Jesus?
- How can we use our words and actions to point others to Jesus?
- What are the main benefits of following Jesus?
John 1: 40-45
- What can we learn from Andrew and Philip’s response to following Jesus?
- What are the main benefits of following Jesus?
- When have you felt compelled to tell someone about Jesus?
- When have you regretted choosing not to speak with someone about Jesus?
- What often holds us back from telling others about Jesus?
- Why is it sometimes difficult to initiate a conversation with a family member about Jesus?
- Is there a relative in your life who you would like to talk with about your faith in Jesus?
- What do recall about your first experience talking to a friend about Jesus?
- Why are some people skeptical about following Jesus?
- What are some ways we can respond when others express doubts about Jesus?
- What are some ways we can deal with skepticism when we share our faith?
- How can we make sure our group is a place for others to “come and see” Jesus?
- What do skeptics today say about Jesus?
- Who can you share Jesus with this week?
- How can we point people directly to Jesus rather than trying to answer every question or objection?
- How can we say “come and see” to people who are far from God?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Here’s a brief five-minute teaching video for this session: Session 5