a series on witnessing Lesson 1

a series on witnessing Lesson 1

Postby mrshalfcent on Sat Feb 28, 2004 10:46 am

<!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>this is copywrite free material from Living Waters School of Evangelism...very good stuff. Normally this is a pdf file but I converted it to html.Without the graphics it is a little smooshed but reads well enough. </strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Read through carefully. answer the questions and I will post the answers in a new reply. this is lesson one for this week.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Blessings everyone. I hope you are blessed by this as much as I have been. laura</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br>
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The Forgotten Key to<br>
Biblical Evangelism<br>
“‘I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came,<br>
sin revived’ (Romans 7:9). So it is with the work-righteous and the<br>
proud unbelievers. Because they do not know the Law of God, which<br>
is directed against them, it is impossible for them to know their sin.<br>
Therefore also they are not amenable to instruction. If they would<br>
know the Law, they would also know their sin; and sin to which<br>
they are now dead would become alive in them.”<br>
MARTIN LUTHER<br>
This teaching is critically important. To be properly<br>
instructed in how to effectively reach the lost with the gospel, you must<br>
begin with the biblical foundation for evangelism. Read this lesson very<br>
thoughtfully. Don’t let anything distract you as you discover what Charles<br>
Spurgeon called “our ablest auxiliary”—that is, our most powerful weapon.<br>
Q U E S T I O N S & O B J E C T I O N S<br>
“I’m as good as any Christian!”<br>
A Christian, by himself, isn’t good. Jesus said that God alone is good. The<br>
only “goodness,” or righteousness, that the believer has comes from Jesus<br>
Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9). The Bible tells us that, with-<br>
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Kirk’s Comment<br>
1L E S S O N<br>
out Christ, man is corrupt and filthy; “there is none that does good, no,<br>
not one” (Psalm 14:3).<br>
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Have you ever thought, “There must be a key to reaching the lost”?<br>
There is—and it’s rusty through lack of use. The Bible does actually<br>
call it “the key,” and its purpose is to bring us to Christ, to unlock the<br>
Door of the Savior (John 10:9). Not only is it biblical, but it was used<br>
throughout church history to unlock the doors of revival. Much of the<br>
church today doesn’t even know it exists. The problem is that it was lost<br>
around the turn of the twentieth century. Keys have a way of getting lost.<br>
Jesus used it. So did Paul (Romans 3:19,20) and James (James 2:10).<br>
Stephen used it when he preached (Acts 7:53). Peter found that it had been<br>
used to open the door to release 3,000 imprisoned souls on the Day of<br>
Pentecost. Jesus said that the lawyers had “taken away” the key, and had<br>
even refused to use it to let people enter into the kingdom of God (Luke<br>
11:52). The Pharisees didn’t take it away; instead, they bent it out of shape<br>
so that it wouldn’t do its work Mark 7:8. Jesus returned it to its true<br>
shape, just as the Scriptures prophesied that He would do (Isaiah 42:21).<br>
Satan has tried to prejudice the modern church against the key. He has<br>
maligned it, misused it, twisted it, and, of course, hidden it—he hates it<br>
because of what it does. Perhaps you are wondering what this key is. I will<br>
tell you. All I ask is that you set aside your traditions and prejudices and<br>
look at what God’s Word says on the subject.<br>
In Acts 28:23 the Bible tells us that Paul sought to persuade his hearers<br>
“concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets.”<br>
Here are two effective means of persuading the unsaved “concerning Jesus.”<br>
Let’s first look at how the prophets can help persuade sinners concerning<br>
Jesus. Fulfilled prophecy proves the inspiration of Scripture. The<br>
predictions of the prophets present a powerful case for the inspiration of<br>
the Bible. Any skeptic who reads the prophetic words of Isaiah, Ezekiel,<br>
Joel, etc., or the words of Jesus in Matthew 24 cannot help but be challenged<br>
that this is no ordinary book.<br>
The other means by which Paul persuaded sinners concerning Jesus<br>
was “out of the law of Moses.” The Bible tells us that the Law of Moses is<br>
good if it is used lawfully 1 Timothy 1:8. For what purpose was God’s<br>
Law designed? The following verses tell us: “The Law is not made for a<br>
righteous person, but . . . for sinners” (1 Timothy 1:9,10). It even lists the<br>
sinners for us: the disobedient, the ungodly, murderers, fornicators, homosexuals,<br>
kidnappers, liars, etc. The Law was designed primarily as an<br>
evangelistic tool. Paul wrote that he “had not known sin, but by the law”<br>
(Romans 7:7). The Law of God (the Ten Commandments) is evidently the<br>
“key of knowledge” that Jesus mentioned in Luke 11:52. He was speaking<br>
to lawyers—those who should have been teaching God’s Law so that sinners<br>
would receive the “knowledge of sin,” and thus recognize their need<br>
of the Savior.<br>
Prophecy speaks to the intellect of the sinner, while the Law speaks to<br>
the conscience. One produces faith in the Word of God; the other brings<br>
knowledge of sin in the heart of the sinner. The Law is the God-given<br>
“key” to unlock the Door of salvation.<br>
The Bible says in Psalm 19:7, “The law of the Lord is perfect converting<br>
the soul.” Scripture makes it very clear that it is the Law that actually<br>
converts the soul. To illustrate the function of God’s Law, let’s look for a<br>
moment at civil law. Imagine if I said to you, “I’ve got some good news<br>
for you: someone has just paid a $25,000 speeding fine on your behalf.”<br>
You’d probably react by saying, “What are you talking about? That’s not<br>
good news—it doesn’t make sense. I don’t have a $25,000 speeding fine.”<br>
My good news wouldn’t be good news to you; it would seem foolishness.<br>
But more than that, it would be offensive to you, because I’m insinuating<br>
you’ve broken the law when you don’t think you have.<br>
However, if I put it this way, it may make more sense: “While you<br>
were out today, the law clocked you going 55 miles an hour through an<br>
area set aside for a blind children’s convention. There were ten clear<br>
warning signs stating that fifteen miles an hour was the maximum speed,<br>
but you went straight through at 55 miles an hour. What you did was<br>
extremely dangerous; there’s a $25,000 fine. The law was about to take its<br>
course, when someone you don’t even know stepped in and paid the fine<br>
for you. You are very fortunate.”<br>
Can you see that telling you precisely what you’ve done wrong first<br>
actually enables the good news to make sense? If I don’t clearly bring<br>
understanding that you’ve violated the law, then the good news will seem<br>
foolishness and offensive. But once you understand that you’ve broken the<br>
law, then that good news will become good news indeed.<br>
In the same way, if I approach an impenitent sinner and say, “Jesus<br>
Christ died on the cross for your sins,” it will be foolishness and offensive<br>
to him. It will be foolishness because it won’t make sense. The Bible says<br>
that “the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness” 1<br>
Corinthians 1:18. And it will be offensive because I’m insinuating he’s a<br>
sinner when he doesn’t think he is. As far as he’s concerned, there are a lot<br>
of people far worse than him. But if I take the time to follow in the footsteps<br>
of Jesus, it may make more sense. If I open up the divine Law, the<br>
Ten Commandments, and show the sinner precisely what he’s done wrong<br>
—that he has offended God by violating His Law—then when he becomes<br>
“convinced of the law as a transgressor” (James 2:9), the good news of the<br>
fine being paid will not be foolishness. It will not be offensive. It will be<br>
“the power of God unto salvation” (Romans 1:16).<br>
With that in mind, let’s look at some of the functions of God’s Law<br>
for humanity. Romans 3:19 says, “Now we know that whatsoever things<br>
the law says, it says to them who are under the law that every mouth may<br>
be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God.” So one<br>
function of God’s Law is to stop the mouth, to keep sinners from justifying<br>
themselves by saying, “There are plenty of people worse than me. I’m<br>
not a bad person, really.” No, the law stops the mouth of justification and<br>
leaves, not just the Jews, but the whole world guilty before God.<br>
In Romans 3:20 we read, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there<br>
shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of<br>
sin.” So God’s Law tells us what sin is. First John 3:4 says, “Sin is transgression<br>
of the law.” In Galatians 3:24 we learn that God’s Law acts as a<br>
schoolmaster to bring us to Jesus Christ that we might be justified through<br>
faith in His blood. The Law doesn’t help us; it just leaves us helpless. It<br>
doesn’t justify us; it just leaves us guilty before the judgment bar of a holy<br>
God.<br>
Charles Spurgeon, called the Prince of Preachers, stated, “I do not believe<br>
that any man can preach the gospel who does not preach the Law.<br>
The Law is the needle, and you cannot draw the silken thread of the gos-<br>
pel through a man’s heart unless you first send the needle of the Law to<br>
make way for it.”<br>
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Q U E S T I O N S<br>
1. How did Paul seek to persuade his hearers concerning Jesus? Why did he<br>
do this?<br>
2. What is it that actually converts the soul? (See Psalm 19:7.)<br>
3. Why do you think the preaching of the cross seems foolish and offensive<br>
to an unregenerate sinner?<br>
4. Therefore, what should someone be told first, before he hears the good<br>
news of his fine being paid?<br>
5. What does it mean that the Law “stops every mouth”? (See Romans 3:19.)<br>
6. What are four functions of the Law? (See Romans 3:19,20; 7:7; Galatians<br>
3:24.)<br>
7. What is the biblical definition of sin? (See 1 John 3:4.)<br>
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P R E A C H E R’ S P R O G R E S S<br>
I, Christian, am waiting at the bus stop when Stan Doffish approaches;<br>
apparently he too is waiting for the bus to arrive. My heart begins to<br>
pound, as I know this is my opportunity to witness to him. The bus is in<br>
sight; I have about two minutes until it picks him up. The dialogue begins<br>
with me starting in the natural and quickly swinging over to the spiritual.<br>
Christian: “How’s it going?”<br>
Stan Doffish: “Okay.”<br>
Christian: “Nice day.”<br>
Stan Doffish: “It’s all right.”<br>
Christian: “Do you live around here?”<br>
Stan Doffish: “No.”<br>
Christian: “Did you get one of these?”<br>
Stan Doffish: “No.What is it?”<br>
Christian: “It’s a gospel tract. Do you have a Christian background?”<br>
Stan Doffish: “Sort of. I went to church when I was a kid, but drifted away<br>
from it.”<br>
Christian: “Do you know what it was that got me thinking seriously about<br>
the things of God?”<br>
Stan Doffish: “No.What?”<br>
Christian: “It was the Ten Commandments. Jesus said that if you as much<br>
as look at a woman with lust, you have committed adultery with her already<br>
in your heart.”<br>
Stan Doffish: “Wow. . .”<br>
Christian: “And that’s just one Commandment. It leaves us all guilty, huh?”<br>
Stan Doffish: “Yeah.”<br>
Christian: “So you’ve broken that Commandment too?”<br>
Stan Doffish: “Many times.”<br>
Christian: “God doesn’t want you to go to hell. That’s why you must repent<br>
and trust Jesus. He took the punishment for your sins on the cross.<br>
Do you have a Bible at home?”<br>
Stan Doffish: “Yes, I do actually.”<br>
Christian: “I encourage you to read it. Here comes your bus. Thanks for<br>
listening to me.”<br>
Stan Doffish: “Thank you.”<br>
<br>
Memory<br>
Verse<br>
“Wherefore the<br>
law was our<br>
schoolmaster<br>
to bring us to<br>
Christ, that we<br>
might be justified<br>
by faith.”<br>
GALATIANS 3:24<br>
Martin Luther, the monk God used to shake the world, was spared the agony<br>
of a torturous death. When he came to die, his lips were laden with Scripture. As<br>
he breathed his last, Luther repeated John 3:16 and this verse from Psalm 68:<br>
“Our God is the God of whom cometh salvation. God is the Lord by<br>
whom we escape death.”<br>
With his hands clasped together, and without a finger or a feature being disturbed,<br>
this mighty man of God ended his pilgrimage.<br>
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answers to Lesson 1

Postby mrshalfcent on Sat Feb 28, 2004 11:02 am

AnswersAnswers<br>
The letters “S/A” indicates that the question is to be self-answered; these<br>
are questions where there is no right or wrong answer, or where an<br>
opinion is requested.<br>
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L E S S O N 1<br>
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1. Paul sought to persuade his hearers about Jesus using both the Law of<br>
Moses and the prophets. He did this because fulfilled prophecy, which<br>
proves the inspiration of the Scriptures, appeals to the intellect, while the<br>
Law appeals to the conscience. Prophecy produces faith in God’s Word,<br>
and the Law produces knowledge of sin.<br>
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2. The Law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul.<br>
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3. The preaching of the cross seems like foolishness because it will not make<br>
any sense without the sinner knowing what he has done wrong. It is offensive<br>
because it insinuates that the person has broken God’s Law when<br>
he doesn’t think he has.<br>
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4. Before someone is told the good news he should be taken through God’s<br>
Moral Law, the Ten Commandments, to show him that he has offended a<br>
holy God. He must first understand precisely how he has violated God’s<br>
Law and be convinced that he is a transgressor. Then the good news will<br>
make sense.<br>
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5. God’s Law stops sinners from justifying themselves by thinking that they’re<br>
not really a bad person or they’re not as bad as other people. The Law<br>
shows them their own sin according to the holy Standard and leaves them<br>
guilty before God.<br>
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6. The four functions of God’s Law for humanity are as follows: It stops sinners<br>
from justifying themselves; helps the whole world realize that they<br>
are guilty; brings the knowledge of sin; and acts as a schoolmaster to<br>
bring them to Christ.<br>
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7. The biblical definition of sin is transgression of the Law.<br>
show that it<br>
against God’s holy nature to deceive.<br>
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