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"But sanctify Christ as Lord in our hearts, always being ready to make a defense to every one who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame" (1 Peter 3:15-16).
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1) What is the major crisis that Christianity in the West in now facing according to Os Guinness?
2) What does is mean to 'sanctify Christ as Lord?'
3) If Christ is Lord of our own lives, how does Peter say that we are willing to respond in terms of evangelism?
4) What is one to do with being scared about evangelizing or doing it just right?
5) If we are going to be able to cope with Satan’s attacks, what kind of commitment in our hearts will we need to make?
6) How does a person make priorities in his life?
7) How does the phrase ‘always be ready’ indicate that evangelism should be a priority?
8) What do you think about the reasoning that ‘evangelism should be an approach to life rather than just something to do’? Is this consistent with what we have learned from this verse?
9) What are some doubts that might keep a person from sharing the gospel? How should we handle these doubts?
10) Should we refrain from evangelism if people are antagonistic or intimidating? Read 1 Peter 3:14 and discuss. Does this mean that we are aggressive?
11) How does this article suggest that a person should share his testimony? What advantages does this process have?
12) Is every sin so terrible as the Bible says? Discuss four general sins and see if you can explain how terrible these sins are. Remember to contrast these self-centered acts and thoughts with other-centered acts and thoughts.
13) Peter reminds us that we are to evangelize with a certain attitude and behavior. Please write these down and discuss how they are necessary for proper evangelism.
14) How does apologetics fit into sharing our testimony? What about theological arguments about the Trinity, birth of Christ, resurrection of Christ, predestination, etc.? How should we handle arguments in general?
What has Jesus done in your own life?
If someone asked you, ‘Why are you a Christian?’ how would you answer?
Can you share something special that the Lord has done in your life this last week? If not, how can that be changed?
Have we made life compromises to righteous living so that we have nothing new to share about how great the Lord is in our lives right now?
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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