EVANGELISM UNTO REGENERATION
EVANGELISM UNTO REGENERATION
-Have you ever watched Mr. Roger's Neighborhood? What did you think about it? What are some of the main messages that Mr. Roger's wanted to communicate to people through his TV show?
-We are in the middle of a brief summer sermon series that is focused on the Christian's calling to make disciples. This is done in how we love those whom God has placed around us via proximity and relationally. Jesus calls these people our neighbors, and we are to tell them about Jesus and the love that we can truly know in Him. All Christians are called to be missionaries right where they are already at, and this series is meant to help us think through what this could look like in our lives. What are some ideas that Christians have about mission and missionaries?
Read the text:
"But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
I. Converting to Christ
a. Regeneration is a fancy word for conversion, or being "born again". What does our text tell us about this concept of regeneration? Why is this so important in our lives as Christians?
b. What do we see about the activity of God in the process of salvation? What about our role in this whole thing? What might this teach us about how to relate with God?
c. Becoming a Christian is less about making a decision than it is about making a discovery: a discovery of Christ's glory, His necessity, His love. What do you think about this idea of conversion being a discovery rather than a decision? How does this help clarify my relationship with Christ?
d. Mr. Rogers says this about the need that we have for love: "Everyone longs to be loved. And the greatest thing we can do is to let people know that they are loved and capable of loving... You don't ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you". What do you think about this? How does this reflect the nature of the gospel?
e. Becoming a Christian and being a Christian is about a new life with God, experiencing His love and His Spirit's work within us. It's not about doing good or being good, those are simply by products of the Spirit's work in us. What do you think about that?
II. Communicating Christ
a. Who are we to tell about Jesus and how are we to do it? Duane gave three categories of people to share Jesus with:
3. Neighbors (proximal and relational)
b. Of these three categories, which ones do you feel you are experiencing fruit in and which ones do you think God might be inviting you into greater trust with?
c. How we communicate Christ:
2. Use words
3. Look for open doors
4. Be wise
d. Mr. Rogers says this about being present with people: "The most important thing is that we are able to be one-to-one, you and I with each other at the moment. If we can be present to the moment with the person that we happen to be with, that's what's important...the greatest gift you ever give is your honest self" What do you think about that? How might this help us to communicate Christ with those around us?