Engaging Gospel Series

Overview
Engaging Gospel: Why the Gospel is still Good News is a sermons series designed to help CBWC churches engage more deeply in understanding the Gospel for themselves in a way that might better connect with their daily communities. We encourage our churches to consider making this a Fall 2019 series in order that we can work together and pray together as we prepare to preach. If this isn’t workable, you are welcome to use it any time. Take time to comment on this page with your ideas as well as recommended resources. May this be a living project together!

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience (Peter 3:15-16).

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  • Sam Breakey recommends this link from a Barna study
  • Mark Doerksen reminds us that David Fitch’s Faithful Presence is an excellent book to draw on.
  • Here’s a list of books that can help frame the conversation.
  • Calgary church planter Rohadi shares some helpful thoughts on Gospel language on the New Leaf blog.
  • Other resources? Add your ideas in the comment section.

 

Let’s Talk
How are you using these materials? What other resources on the Gospel have you worked through as a congregation? What are your barriers to engaging Gospel in your community? Share your thoughts, questions and resources by leaving a reply below.

10 thoughts on “Engaging Gospel Series

  1. We just spent a weekend at our annual church retreat with John Bowen exploring the role of the Holy Spirit in evangelism. His book Evangelism for “Normal” People was hugely helpful for our congregation, especially chapter 10: “What is the Gospel.”

  2. Bruxy Cavey defines the gospel as this: “Jesus is God with us, come to show us God’s love, save us from our sins, set up God’s kingdom and shut down religion, so we can share in God’s life.” I thought the “shut down religion” piece is an interesting element! Faye

  3. A good text to work with is Romans 10: 14 – 21 for week 1 or 2: Gospel responsibilities and responses. Paul makes it clear that Gospel means “proclamation” and that we are all called to be preachers – to herald and proclaim God’s presence and activity among us. BUT – the response to the proclamation is not our responsibility. God never loses patiences so don’t be discouraged if people do not make an immediate confession of faith. Our job is proclamation – the Holy Spirit’s job is conviction.

  4. There have been some comments that we have not covered some essential themes in the material such as the role of repentance in the salvation story. Certainly repentance is a heart response to the Holy Spirit’s conviction that the ways of Christ lead to wholeness. Perhaps in wanting our congregations to feel more at ease in conversation with those yet to come to faith, we leaned more heavily on the relationship to be had with a loving God. We are confident that you will preach according to God’s leading where you feel the material is lacking.

    If there some things you would like to change in the study guide for your congregation, please email cmorgan@cbwc.ca for a non-pdf version that you can adapt for your needs.

  5. Thanks so much for these resources. We have purposefully being going through for the last year of more talking about our role as a Church and what Church should look like. We just finished a series all summer on evangelism, in many different ways. We looked at many different aspects of evangelism. I was looking for the next natural follow up to that and I came across this resource. Now we have an opportunity to not only look at what evangelism can look like (more in the theoretical) but also now how to apply all of this in our own interactions with people. Peter said in 1Peter 3:15, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” My prayer is that through this resource more and more people will actually be prepared to give that reason for the hope that we all have in Jesus Christ.

  6. Great text for this! I really appreciate Eugene Peterson’s translation of verse 15 about how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! He puts it this way:
    A sight to take your breath away!
    Grand processions of people telling all the good things of God!
    The story of God is amazing, good and grand and when we tell it to people in ways that connect with their reality they can begin to wonder…..
    Shannon Youell

  7. In preparation for this series at our church, our lead pastor Bruce recommended I read “Surprise the World: The 5 Habits of Highly Missional People by Michael Frost. Excellent read on making the sharing of faith practical and compelling (vs. the sales pitch model).

    Other books I’d highly recommend on the Gospel, living it, and sharing it in a non-clunky way include:
    “Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry” by Andrew Root. Even though the context is youth ministry, an excellent and practical theological understanding of the cross in the here-and-now, not just the let’s-go-to-heaven-when-we-die.
    “Saving Casper: A Christian and an Atheist Talk about Why We Need to Change the Conversion Conversation” by Jim Henderson and Matt Casper. Great thoughts on how we share faith and interact with the beliefs of others.
    A couple of books by Carl Medearis, who spent significant parts of his life in the middle east, where Christianity is far removed from the dominant culture. “42 Seconds: The Jesus Model for Everyday Interactions” and “Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism”.

    All of these have been very helpful, practical books that help share faith genuinely. (Also, they’re all quite short!!! This places them high on the Archibald scale of literary excellence!)

  8. Lesson 3: In dealing with fear and how society uses fear to manipulate outcomes, we also must not manipulate through fear the message of salvation. God’s presence (Emmanuel) is the opposite of motivating by fear, but casts away fear. Psalm 27 is a good passage to work with in regards to seeking God’s presence in the face of fear. I also like I Peter 3:14 “Do not fear what they fear”. This ties in with Matthew 10: 26 – 31 where Jesus tells his disciples not to fear those who can kill the body, but rather fear (God) who can kill the body and the soul. AND YET – this God is the one who cares if a sparrow falls to the ground so “DO NOT BE AFRAID for you are more valuable than many sparrows”. Yes, God is to be feared, but there is absolutely no safer place that putting our lives into the care of this loving, caring God. Incredible Good News!

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