evangelism

The Light of the World (John 8:12-30)

Jesus boldly announced, “I am the Light of the world.” Why did he say that? Was there some prophecy in the Old Testament Scriptures that spoke of a great light that would come? And in what ways is Jesus similar to light? In this lesson we explore the great theme of light versus darkness in the Scriptures, and its powerful implications for how we live our lives and how we share our faith to a world in utter spiritual darkness.

Encounter with a Samaritan Woman at the Well (John 4:1-45)

In John 4 Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at Jacob's well and has a noteworthy discussion with her. This passage has often been used to depict Jesus as the Great Women's Liberator. But, is this really what this passage teaches us? We will dig into the history of the Samaritans and their relationship with the Jews to gain insight into the liberation Jesus offers to all people of all the nations. We are also introduced to "living water", and called higher as we learn of Jesus' food: to do the will of the Father. 

The First Disciples of Jesus (John 1:43-51)

In this lesson we discuss the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, which is mentioned in all four gospels. Why was Jesus' baptism necessary? Jesus then encounters his first disciples, and gives Simon the new name, ‘Peter’. What was the significance of that? We explore this question, the source of great controversy related to claims made by the Roman Catholic Church. Finally, we are introduced to Nathaniel, a good-hearted skeptic whose conversion still inspires us today to lead other truth-seekers to the Stairway to Heaven! 

The Challenge of the Great Commission

[Lesson outline to be posted shortly]

The Scriptures call us to do two apparently contradictory things: 1) to become all things to all men, that we might by all means save some (1 Cor. 9:22), and 2) to keep ourselves unspotted from the world (James 1:27).  Many churches focus on one command, while ignoring the other. One church is so relatable to the world, that it becomes indistinguishable from the world. Another church focuses on holiness and separation, but is ineffective converting lost souls. This lesson challenges us to follow all of Jesus' teachings as we strive to win a lost world with the same determination, commitment, and effectiveness of our Lord. 

The Creation (Genesis 1)

Genesis 1 covers the creation of the world. The chapter raises many significant questions:

  • What does the creation account reveal about who God is? 
  • How should we understand the creation of the world? What is reasonable?   
  • Why do so many smart people reject God as the Creator of the universe?
  • How did Paul argue God as Creator of the universe to help intelligent people....

Discipleship

Each year, brothers and sisters from around the world gather in Pennsylvania to provide a forum for Biblical teaching for those who desire to live as disciples of Christ. One of the primary goals of this event is to be a place where kingdom-minded Christians from various backgrounds can meet one another for edification and encouragement, and to learn from each other. This year's theme was discipleship....

1 Corinthians 9:1-23 - Winning as Many as Possible: Self-Supporting Ministry and Becoming All Things to All Men

In this passage, we are inspired by Paul's example to win people to Christ. Paul puts forth his example as a self-supporting minister (as a tent-maker) and his commitment to "become all things to all men" that he might "by all means save some." What does this example look like? Why does Paul choose this lifestyle? What lessons can we learn from Paul to put into practice in our churches and individual lives?