With Aaron Krause
Telling the Truth
TELLING THE TRUTH: INTRODUCTION
Matthew 4:19- "And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men."
TELLING THE TRUTH: WHAT is it?
TELLING THE TRUTH: What Do WE Tell?
TELLING THE TRUTH: How do we tell it?
Engaging Gospel Questions
Initiating the Conversation
- Introduce Yourself
- Tell them your name
- Ask their name
- Use their name throughout the conversation
- Ask God to give you an opening,
believe God heard you,
take the step of faith,
and start talking.
- I'm out with some friends, talking to people about how they can have a relationship with God...
- Did you see what happened in the news?
Why do you think stuff like that happens?
Has it always been this way from the dawn of time?
What do you think that God thinks about this?
- I have been praying for you, is there something specific that I could pray about for you?
- Remember Luke 6:31; Proverbs 16:21-24; Colossians 4:3-6
Bridging the Conversation
- Opening With Engaging Questions
- Questions about them
- What kind of relationship with God would you say you have?
- When did you start to believe that way>
- Ask God to give you an opening
- How do we get a relationship with God?
- How good would you say God is?
Has He ever done anything wrong?
- What would it take in order for God to accept someone?
Directing the Conversation
- Emphasizing God's Holiness
- 1 Samuel 2:2;
- Psalm 5:4-5;
- Matthew 5:48;
- 1 John 1:5.
- 1 Peter 1:16.
God is holy; which means no one is like Him.
He is different, unique, and beautiful.
When we say God is love, no one loves like God.
God is righteous.
No one is righteous like God.
He is perfect.
If God is so holy, how good would you say we would have to be in order to be in a right standing with God?
In other words, how good is good enough?
- Emphasizing Man's Sinfulness
- Questions: How do we compare to God?
- Genesis 2:15-17;
- Genesis 3:1-6;
- Romans 5:12.
- Statements: No one is holy like God because of sin.
- Romans 3:23;
- 1 John 3:4;
- Matthew 22:35-40.
You could read and explain:
- Exodus 20:1-17;
- Matthew 5:8, 21-22, 27-30;
- 1 John 3:15
- Revelation 21:8
What do you think the punishment would be for breaking His law?
What keeps us from being as perfect as He is?
Where did that come from?
Sin is when we fall short of being as holy as God.
We sin when we break God's law.
Sin is not loving God and our neighbor.
- Emphasizing Sin's Debt
- Statement: The Bible says we owe death for our sin.
- Ezekiel 18:4;
- Romans 5:12, 6:23;
- Revelation 20:14-15
- Question(s): If you owe death for you sin then what do you think you can do to put yourself into a right standing with God?
- Isaiah 59:1-2-- Asking for forgiveness isn't enough to pay your debt.
- Jeremiah 13:23--Turning from your sins isn't enough.
- Isaiah 64:6--Living right isn't enough.
- Question: If you can't pray enough,
- Question: What if I showed you how you could be put into a right standing with God right here and now and you could never lose that right standing with God?
That means your sin separates you from God and that you owe eternal death for your sin.
If you die separated from God, where do you think you will spend eternity?
go to church enough,
or be good enough to pay for your sin
then what do you think you can do to put yourself into a right relationship with God?
Read Romans 6:23.
- Emphasizing Christ's Payment
- Question: What would you say is eternal life?
- Question(s): Who do you think Jesus is that He could give us eternal life?
- God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus is God in a human body. (Philippians 2:5-10, John 8:24)
- He perfectly obeyed God the Father for us.(John 17:4)
- He never sinned. (1 John 3:5)
- Jesus placed our sins upon Himself (1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 3:18)
and was willingly separated from God for us.(Matthew 27:46, Isaiah 53:4-6)
- God treated Jesus as if he committed all our sins for us even though Christ never sinned. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
- He died the death that we owe.(Romans 5:6-10)
- He was buried and rose again the third day (1 Corinthians 15:1-8)
so that if you believe in Him (Romans 5:6-10)
then the Father will accept you as if you lived the perfect life His Son lived. (Romans 4:5)
- You can trade your sins (Acts 17:30-31) for His perfect life and know God personally right now. (John 10:15)
- Question: What is keeping you from trusting Christ right here and now?
Read John 17:3.
Read John 1:1-3, 14-18.
- Emphasizing Their Responsibility
- Statement(s): You must turn from your sins and whatever else is keeping you from trusting Christ and trust that Who Jesus is and what Jesus did is enough for God to accept you forever. (John 3:16-18)
- Questions: What is keeping you from trusting Christ right here and now?
- Questions: God wants everybody (1 Timothy 2:3-6) but He will not accept everyone. (Matthew 7:21-23)
God can completely forgive you through Christ. (John 5:24)
Either believe that God's anger toward you was already poured out on Jesus so that you can have God's love forever, or, if you don't believe, then God's wrath is hanging over your head and one day you will be separated from Him forever in the lake of fire. (John 3:36)
If you don't believe that what Jesus did is enough then you are saying that God lied when He promised to give eternal life to those who believe. (1 John 5:10-13)
What does the Bible say that you must do?
On what basis will God accept you?
Why would God accept you if he is not going to accept everyone?
Concluding the Conversation
- If They Profess Christ
- Ask clarifying questions:
- What if you and I would never have met today: would you have known enough to trust Christ? What if you would have died before we talked, where would you have spent eternity? What is the difference between now and yesterday?
- Pray a "thank you prayer" with them:
- If what you are telling me is true then you are saying that Jesus rescued you from the Lake of Fire. What do you think about that? How do you feel about God and His love? Well, why not tell Him that right now?
- Talk them through a thank you prayer.
- Ask more clarifying questions.
- If They Reject Christ
- Explain it is between them and God and that you will be praying for them.
- Explain how they are still under God's wrath.
- Pray for them before they leave.
- Leave the conversation on good terms.
- Emphasizing Eternal Security
- Question: What would it take for God to no longer accept you?
- Statement: Read John 10:27-30. No one will ever take eternal life away from you.
- Verse 27. If someone truly believes in Jesus then they will have eternal life. If someone has eternal life, then they are one of His sheep. If they are one of His sheep, then they will follow Him and Jesus knows them personally. He will continue to give them the grace to keep believing.
- Verses 28-30. No one will take any of Christ's sheep ouf of His Hand and none of His sheep will ever die in the Lake of Fire. No on will take any of Christ's sheep out of His Father's hand. The Father and the Son will protect Their sheep forever. No one is stronger than the Father. You are not stronger than the Father and Satan is not stronger than the Father.
Read Romans 8:35-39. Nothing can separate believers from the love of God in Christ.
- Verses 35-37 We are promised to suffer for following Christ but we overwhelmingly win through Christ.
- Verses 38-39 Nothing we have ever done, will do, or that will be done to us, will ever separate us from God's love.
- Statement: Read:
- Ephesians 2:8-10;
- Titus 3:1-8;
- Romans 4:1-5;
- 1 John 10:10-13.
- Statement: Read: 2 Corinthians 5:15 He died for us so that we would live for Him instead of ourselves.
- Get all contact information from the responder
- Name and phone numbers
- Home and mailing addresses
- Email address
- Explain the promise of eternal security for believers
- Romans 8:35-39. Nothing will ever separate believers from God's love in Christ.
- John 10:27-30. Believers will never go to the Lake of Fire. No one will snatch believers out of the Father's and Son's hands.
- It is not a free ticket to heaven
- He sets us free from being a slave to ourselves so that we can live for Him
- Since He died for us, why wouldn't we want to live for Him? (John 14:15)
- We must get baptized as a public symbol of us being identified with Jesus' death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:3-11)
- We must devote ourselves to reading, studying, and obeying the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15)
- We must devote ourselves to fellowshipping with ta local church
- We must devote ourselves to prayer
- We must devote ourselves to fishing for souls (Matthew 4:19)
Protocol in Open Air Meetings
- Don't distribute tracts in the meeting area.
- Come and stand in the crowd when the speaker begins painting.
- Focus on the speaker, quietly standing in close to the board.
- Pursue people who seem interested but leave early.
- Speak to people only after they exit the direct meeting area.
- Stay within the designated boundaries.
- Pass tracts between meetings only to those going away from the meeting area.
- Initiate conversations with members of the same sex when possible.
- Speak with hecklers, interjectors, and interested individuals outside the immediate crowd, so as not to distract or be distracted.
- Engage passers-by in conversation directly following the meeting dismissal.
- Extend your arm so as to display the tract in one hand, while holding more tracts in your other hand.
- Call out in a friendly, but sturdy, voice, "Here's some Good News for you!", or "Here's something good for you to read!"
- Offer literature as people are still several steps in front of you.
- Refer to the tract as: literature, Good News, a pamphlet, information, or "something to read."
- Pass tracts randomly only when there is no possibility of speaking personally to individuals.
- Tracts may be used to open conversations. They can be distributed with a lead-in question or comment such as:
- This will tell you about God and how to know Him!
- How do you believe one might know God?
- Here is some Christian literature for you today!
- What do you believe makes someone a Christian?