The main idea: “To win the lost and create worshippers of the one true God, we need a passion for God’s glory that fuels a desire to reach the lost. We need to have conversations with intentionality. We need to just come to grips with the fact that ridicule and misunderstanding in evangelism are inevitable. We need to ask God for boldness, and we need a willingness to share the gospel in ways that are culturally aware. The gospel message is absolutely unchanging, but the way that message is communicated must change in an ever-changing culture.”
Here are the small-group discussion/personal application questions:
Conversation starter: Have you ever led someone to faith in Christ? What was it like? What did you feel? Briefly tell the story (or one of the stories).
Ask one or two people in the group read Acts 17:16-34 out loud.
1. PB said that “being part of Jesus’ seeking and saving work is not optional for followers of Christ.” How does 1 Peter 2:9 support that assertion?
2. The gospel is unchanging even if the way we present the gospel changes. Does that distinction make sense to you? What is the unchanging gospel? Can you point to any texts in Scripture that help define “the gospel”?
3. PB gave “five principles for reaching the lost.” Was there one or two that were particularly helpful to you personally? Why were they helpful?
4. Is there someone in particular that you want to (or know you should) have an “intentional conversation” with? What has preventing you from pursuing that? How can your group pray for you in this regard?
Next Week: “The Cross and Culture” : 1 Corinthians 9:19-23