TiO 15 – Grit – Obsolete Words (Week 6)

The Main Idea

Often the word evangelism causes us to cringe. It seems too hard. It doesn’t work. People are resistant r offended when we talk about Jesus. But followers of Jesus who have grit know that telling people the good news of how Jesus change the world and changed our lives can never be an obsolete message. What is necessary is to look at gritty evangelism in a different way.

Warm Up Questions: (Choose 1 or 2)

Q1: Are there certain words that people would identify you with, words that you say a lot?

Q2: Do you keep the exterior light of your house on at night?

Q3: What was the last good thing that happened to you that you felt compelled to tell people about? Tell that story.

The Word

Read the main passage together: Colossians 4:2-6.

2Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. 3At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, 4so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.

5Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.

Q1: In verses 3 and 4, what does Paul ask the Colossians church to do?

Q2: What does Paul anticipate will be the result of their prayers?

In verses 5 and 6 Paul seems to move on to miscellaneous commands. But they are directly connected to the Colossians participating in exactly the same task that Paul is doing.

Q3: What does Paul command in verses 5 and 6?

Q4: How do Paul’s commands relate to the task first, of simply interacting with people outside the church but second, in telling people about Jesus?

Q5: Todd talked about our evangelism being more like a “porch light” than a “spot light”. What does this mean to you in light of the passage in Colossians 2?

Prayer

We’d encourage all groups to pray together at some point in their meeting. This affirms that regardless of the purpose of the group, God is still the focus.

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