Missions Bible Studies"Declare His glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples" (1 Chron. 16:24).
Most Christians agree about the importance of sharing the Gospel. But actually talking about Christ with others–neighbors, coworkers, family members, or strangers–can be another matter altogether. And then there’s the question: Who’s job is this, anyway?
The Bible studies below address these issues, with the goal of equipping Christians to witness effectively within their various vocations.
Downloadable materials will be available in the coming year. If you’re interested in using these studies in the meantime, contact Rev. Dan Galchutt.
In a culture where we quickly move from one thing to the next, the idea of going over the basics of our Christian message might not seem that important. However, consider what Paul says to the Corinthians: “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). This two-part study (“Back to Basics” and “Why We Proclaim”) reminds us of the basic content of our message and the importance of our proclamation.
Worldview and Witnessing
When the Apostle Paul proclaims in 1 Corinthians 9:22, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some, he shows the importance of understanding our neighbors when we share the Gospel with them. These Bible studies help us understand the worldview of the people around us and why that matters for the proclamation of our message.
I don’t want you to be sorry. I want you to be ready. God’s Word in Peter 3:15 says that you are always to be “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” your apology is your defense against some of the arguments and attacks against the Christian faith, especially in our world today. Come to this study to learn more and be ready to share your hope.
You’ve Got Problems: Jesus Is the Answer
These studies focus on those moments when your neighbor may be struggling with problems in life that everyone faces–e.g., relationship conflicts, illness, anxiety, financial setbacks. We’ll consider how Jesus and the Gospel He brings is the ultimate answer that your neighbor needs to all his problems. “For all the promises of God find their Yes in [the Son of God, Jesus Christ]” (2 Cor. 1:20).
This study looks at problems with proclamation in our world. The focus isn’t on people’s resistance to proclamation but rather on problems with the content of the proclamation. We encounter “faith messages” all the time. Do they really say what needs to be said about God?
Jesus made big claims. When the Pharisees asked Jesus who He thought He was, He gave a shocking response: “Before Abraham was born, I AM” (John 8:58). Jesus said He was the Son of God. He claimed the authority to forgive sins. His disciples also made some big claims–no questions asked. Now it’s our turn. We, too, have been given some audacious claims to make. Are we prepared to speak boldly?