As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
References to: evangelism
Evangelism Through the Local Church, by Michael Green
Reviewed by Mike Feazell
Dr. Billy Graham visited England, and part of the year of preparation was a study entitled “Is Your Church Worth Joining?” It was a tough question, but a very proper one, because many churches, frankly, are not worth joining. “The shrinking figures for church attendance in much of Western Europe bear testimony to the fact” (page 83).
by Joe Aldrich
Reviewed by Terry Akers
Joe Aldrich, former president of Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon, has helped thousands of Christians become effective witnesses for Christ through his bestselling book and video, Lifestyle Evangelism.
Reflections on Romans 10:1-15
In Romans 10:1 Paul says that it was his heart’s desire to see his fellow Israelites saved. But there was a problem: the Israelites that he knew were relying on the law to be right with God (Romans 10:2-4). Christ is the end of all that, Paul says. You cannot be right with God by improving yourself. The only way to be right with God is if God makes you right with him.
I’ve got a secret—and you probably have one, too. But it’s no longer a secret. It’s been revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. It was hidden for a long time, Paul said, but at just the right time it was opened to the world.
The gospel is “the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him” (Romans 16:25).
Dr. Gary Deddo works for Grace Communion International and is president of Grace Communion Seminary. He earned his PhD at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland under Professor James Torrance. He is Founding President of the T. F. Torrance Theological Fellowship, and author of numerous articles and books, including Karl Barth’s Theology of Relations and George McDonald: The Devotional Guide to His Writing. Click here for articles by Gary Deddo.
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Small group discussion guide
Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.
1. How can reading the Bible “theologically” help us piece the parts of its message together?
2. How does theology give meaning to the text and help us to know who God is?
3. Do you think we should be able to explain the gospel as accurately as possible? Why?
4. How do you understand the statement, “Christ both justifies and sanctifies us”?
5. What are your thoughts on justification and sanctification being two parts of one whole?”
6. How do you view participation in Christ rather than us doing something for or without him?
7. Dr. Deddo described obedience as fellowship (or involvement) with Christ. Please comment.
8. What are your thoughts on the “unbeliever” already belonging to Christ?
A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.
Michael Morrison: Thanks for joining us on another edition of You’re Included, the unique interview series devoted to practical implications of Trinitarian theology in today’s complex world. I’m Mike Morrison. Our guest today is Gary Deddo, Senior Editor at InterVarsity Press and Founding President of the Thomas F. Torrance Theological Fellowship. Dr. Deddo is author of Karl Barth’s Theology of Relations.
Dr. Deddo, you have spent a lot of your life studying theology. What prompted or motivated you to go into that?
Angela showed us an amazing example of evangelism. She invited seven members of the same family to church last month, and they all seemed to enjoy themselves. While most Christians would rather take up bullfighting than evangelize, six-year-old Angela made it look easy.
“Living and sharing the gospel” is the motto of our denomination, and I have been encouraging my congregation to commit to this great commission. That’s what Christians are supposed to do, isn’t it?
"How I Learned to Stop Worrying
and Meet the Assyrians"
“Show proper respect to everyone; love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king” (1 Peter 2:17). This is a great code to live by, but it’s much easier said than done. Why is it difficult? Perhaps because our jaded society tends to make us suspicious and fearful of people different from ourselves, and that attitude can’t help but short-circuit human relationships.
“I want to remind you of the gospel.... What I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:3-4).
“Everyone knows the Bible is filled with contradictions,” I asserted, smugly assuming that I had scored a point in the debate my friend and I were having. The conversation had begun innocently enough. We were members of a high school debate team, and we were at a tournament miles from our hometown. The debates were finished, and we were just killing time, waiting for the results to be announced.