Outline & Video: Lesson 1 – Your Story / God’s Story (The Gospel)

Lesson 1A – Your Story

If you know Christ, you have a story.

  • Acts 17:26-27 – God has placed you in a specific time and place
  • Mark 5:18-20 – “Go home to your friends, and tell them…”
  • John 4:28-30, 39 – she told her community; many believed
  • Acts 21:40-22:21 – Paul shared:
    • His life before encountering Christ
    • His encounter of Christ
    • His life with Christ
    • Time: 3-5 min.

Lesson 1B: God’s Good News Message

  • 2 Cor. 5:17-21 – Christians have been entrusted with the message of reconciliation
    • Romans 5:10
    • Colossians 1:21-23
  • Mark 16:15 – Christians have been commanded to preach the gospel
    • 1 Cor. 15:1-4 – Christians have been entrusted with the gospel
  • The Gospel (means “Good News”) = The Message of Reconciliation
  • 1 Cor. 15:1-4; 2 Cor. 5:17-21 – The Gospel = 
  1. We sinned against God, and are in active rebellion against Him/His holy standard (e.g. Exodus 20; Matt 5:21-22, 27-28).
  2. We deserve God’s punishment for sin/rebellion.
  3. Jesus died in our place–as a substitute–taking on God’s punishment of sin
  4. All who choose to repent and believe this have been forgiven of sin (1 John 1:9)
  • (for deeper understanding of the gospel: study Romans 1-8; see video [50 min.])

Recommended Actions

  • Practice sharing your story and the gospel with other Christians until you are confident.
  • Pray about and list out all the people you can think of in your community
  • Pray for people God wants you to share with
  • Share your testimony with those people (1-5 min. long):
    • Life before Christ (1-3 points recommended)
      • __________
      • __________
      • __________
    • Encounter Christ (1 point recommended)
      • __________
    • Life with Christ (1-3 points recommended)
      • __________
      • __________
      • __________
  • Share the gospel with those people.

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