DISCIPLESHIP LESSON 10 RELATIONSHIPS This Week's Teaching: Acts 8:25-39 ASSIGNMENT: Pray 20 minutes daily Memorize: Acts 4:31, I Peter 3:15 and John 15:26-27 Written Study SECTION 1: WHY WITNESS? Meditate on Galatians 1 and 2 1. Why did Jesus say He came into this world? (Luke 19:10 and Mark 10:45) 2. What is the greatest thing that has ever happened to you? 3. If we are faithful to follow Jesus, what does He promise to do? (Matthew 4:19) 4. What did Jesus command us to do? (Mark 16:15 and Matthew 28:18-19) 5. What has God committed to us as Christians and as a result what are we? (11 Corinthians 5:19-20) 6. Considering verse 20, do you think we should ask or encourage a person to trust Christ? 7. In 11 Corinthians 5:14-15: a. What caused Paul to witness? b. In what manner were they to be different after Paul got through? 8. Summarize Paul's witness, as recorded in Acts 20:24-27, 31-33, SECTION 11: JESUS DEMONSTRATES HOW TO WITNESS Meditate on John 4:1-42 Galatians 3 and 4 1. What every day experience did Jesus use as a situation for witnessing? (John 4:6-9) 2. What is the advantage of beginning a conversation with a person on the level of his immediate Interest? 3. List some of your natural opportunities to witness for Christ. 4. How did the woman first respond to His approach? (John 4:9,11-12) How did her attitude change? (John 4:15) 5. What did Jesus say that demonstrated His divine powers? (John 4:16-18) 6. Who Is God? How must we worship Him? 7. Who was the woman looking for? What did she expect Him to do? 8. What did Jesus claim for Himself? 9. What was the result of Jesus' witness to the woman? 10. How did the people to whom she witnessed respond? SECTION III: WITNESS AND PRAYER Read Ephesians 3 and 4 1. In Acts 4 a. State the problem faced by these Christians. b. What would have happened to Christianity had they stopped praying? c. How did the Christians solve their dilemma: Before magistrates? In private? In public? d. What protected them? (Acts 4:21) e. For what did they pray? f. What was the result of their prayer? 2. How have you profited from their courage, prayer, and effective witness? 3. Pray that the Holy Spirit will prepare individuals to whom you can witness. Ask Him to free the mind of specific individuals (II Corinthians 16:8-11) so that they can see the Issues at stake (John 16:8-11), and thus they will be able to make a logical, rational, intelligent choice to receive Christ as Lord and Saviour. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to these individuals at the proper time, and to speak through you in confronting them with the message of Christ. List the names of three or four people you want to witness to. Pray about these people regularly for a few days. Then plan to contact one of them personally or by mail and share your testimony and present Christ. Record the results. SECTION IV 1. In Acts 2: a. Of all the disciples, why was Peter the least, and yet the most qualified to witness for Christ as suggested in Acts 2? b. What part was the Holy Spirit playing? 1. In Peter (John 14:26) 2. In the hearers (John 16:8-11) c. What did Peter say to convict them of sin? (Acts 2 :23, 36-37) d. What great things does Peter preach about God? (Acts 2 :24, 34-35, 38-39) e. How many became Christians that day? f. List the emotions experienced by the hearers before and after con version. g. What motives cause anger toward the witnessing Christians? 2. What is going on within the non-Christian as we witness using the Word of God? (Hebrews 4: 12) It is the Holy Spirit who brings a man face to face with the facts regarding his condition and his need. This action Is called "convicting, reproving, exposing, bringing into light." If we were to witness on our own, we would accomplish nothing, but when the Holy Spirit uses our witness, He brings a man face to face with Important facts - presenting them so forcefully that these facts must be acknowledged and considered. What are these three basic facts? (John 16:7-11) SECTION V I. In I Corinthians 1: 18: a. What Is the attitude of the non-Christian to the crucifixion of Christ? b. How does this attitude change when a person begins to understand and realize the significance of the Cross? c. Why Is there a change in attitude? (see also I Corinthians 2: 12) 2. From the following verses indicate what we can request for those without Christ. a. Luke 24: 45 b. John 16:8-9 c. John 6: 44 d. I Timothy 2: 1,3,4 3. How can we prepare ourselves to speak for Christ? a. I Peter 3: 15 b. II Timothy 2: 15 4. In Matthew 9: 10-12 a. Among what kinds of people did Jesus take His disciples to witness? b. What was one method Jesus used to make contact with those in need? 5. What did Jesus pray concerning our relationship to the world? (John 17: 15) 6. Where did Paul meet people to present Christ to them? (Acts 17:17 and Acts 20:20) 7. What can God's Word do? (Hebrews 4: 12) 8. What is God's promise if we use His Word to witness as He directs? (Isaiah 55 : 11) 9. How did Paul use the Scriptures in witnessing? (Acts 17:2,3) 10. With what types of people did He use the Word? (Acts 26:22) SECTION VI 1. What was the subject of Paul's witness? I Corinthians 1: 23- 24 Ephesians 3: 8 2. Why is it important that we present Jesus Christ to men who are lost? John 14:6 Acts 4: 12 3. What four points does John 3:16 bring out in summarizing the Gospel? 4. In presenting Christ what are some other essentials of our message? a. Romans 3:23 b. Romans 6:23 c. I Peter 2:24 d. Ephesians 2:8-9 e. Revelations 3:20 f. I John 5:11-13 5. What did Paul emphasize in telling people how to be saved? (Acts 16:31) 6. Who receives God's forgiveness? (Acts 10:43) 7. What should we use in handling questions or objections? (Titus 1:9) 8. Following are the most frequent problems or excuses: a. II Corinthians 6:2b b. Romans 3:23 c. Ephesians 2:8-9 d. Mark 2:17 e. John 7:17 f. John 14:6 g. Hebrews 9:27 h. Mark 8:36-37 SECTION VII: LIFE OF FELLOWSHIP Meditate on I John 1. What was John's purpose in this first letter? (I John 5:13) 2. What was another reason for this letter: (I John 1:3) 3. In each chapter, what is the outstanding verse with the word "love" in it, and what is its key thought? Verse Key Thought 1._________________ ______________________________________________ 2._________________ ______________________________________________ 3._________________ ______________________________________________ 4._________________ ______________________________________________ 5._________________ ______________________________________________ 4. In chapters 2 to 5, what is the best verse containing the word "know"? And what is it that we can know? Verse What can we know? 2._________________ ______________________________________________ 3._________________ ______________________________________________ 4._________________ ______________________________________________ 5._________________ ______________________________________________ 5. In I John 1:1, when did anyone see and touch the Word of Life? 6. In John 1:5, how can we as sinful men have fellowship with a God of perfect holiness? In I John 1, prayerfully choose the verse which impresses you as the one to apply now to your life or service for Christ. How do you plan to put this verse into action? 7. In I John 1:5-2:6 a. What is the basis of fellowship? b. How is fellowship between individuals related to the fellowship of each one with God? 8. What is your relationship with God? (I John 2:18-29) 9. What will abiding in the Son mean in the specific attitudes and actions of your life today? I John 2:18-29 10. In I John 2:29-3:10 a. What has happened to you because of God's love? b. How will seeing God affect you? c. What Is the result of this hope in your daily living (cf. the teaching In John's day that knowledge is superior to pure living). 11. In I John 3:11-24 a. What are some "civilized" ways to "murder" your brother? b. How does God regard hatred? c. In contrast, if you really love your brother, how will you express it? d. How do you respond to the fact that God knows everything about your love for your brothers? e. What characteristics are essential in your life to give you confidence before God and the assurance that your prayers will be answered?