Icebreaker

Who in your life are you praying and believing to be saved?

Main Scripture:

Mark 16:15-16 NLT And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. 16 Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.

Discussion:

We need the Holy Spirit to become a witness. God has sent us out saying "GO" in order to spread the Good News about Jesus. But not everyone takes that responsibility seriously. Here are some interesting facts about where Christians are today:

95% of all Christians have never won a soul to Christ.
80% of all Christians do not consistently tell others about Christ.
71% DO NOT give toward the financing of the Great Commission
99% of church leadership believe that every Christian has been commanded to preach the Gospel to a lost world (yet 89% of leadership have zero time reserved on their list of weekly priorities for going out to evangelize)
63% of church leadership have not led one stranger to Jesus in the last two years.
Only 2% of church going people ever invite someone to church in a given year. 

Q1 - Based on these stats, do you think there is a problem in the overall church today?

Q2 - What will happen to Christianity if this continues?

Q3 - What can we do to make sure this doesn't continue and end up killing the Christian faith?

3 Commands That Jesus Gives us When it Comes to Reaching the Unchurched

Command #1 - "GO" and tell the whole world about me

Q4 - Think about it, when we leave this world, we will never be able to tell anyone about Jesus. Who are some people that you want to share Jesus with before you leave this world?

Command #2 - "GO" into the streets and "invite" everyone you find to come

Luke 14:21 NLT "The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, 'Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.'

Q5 - There is a sense of urgency we need to have when inviting people into the house of God! Why must we be urgent about it?

Q6 - Do you think there will be some people that will say no? If so, should that stop you from continuing to ask? 

Command #3 - "don't GO" until you're empowered by the holy spirit

Acts 1:4-5 NLT Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before.5 John baptized with water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

Q7 - Why do we need to wait until we receive the Holy Spirit to witness? 

Q8 - What do you think we accomplish when we operate without the Holy Spirit?

Declaration:

I declare that I will be a witness wherever I go! I will represent Jesus with my family, coworkers, friends, classmates, and whoever else I come into contact with! I will invite people to God's house, and be a shining light for Jesus! 

application:

Marriage Challenge 2000 is coming up in September! Continue inviting couples that you know to join the FREE seminar!

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