If I Be Lifted Up

We often avoid sharing our faith because of a negative experience.  But just because some people do “evangelism” badly, doesn’t mean we have to.

This Week's TextIsaiah 60.1-6

Additional TextsNumbers 21.4-9John 3.1412.32

For Further Study: Scot McKnight, The King Jesus Gospel

Teaching Link“If I Be Lifted Up,” January 1, 2012

Downloadable group discussion sheet: .pdf

Questions for Groups or Reflection:

1.  What has been your experience with sharing your faith, or “evangelism?”  Are there positive stories?  Any negative ones?

2.  The word “evangelism” comes from the Greek words meaning, “good news.”  It is sometimes translated as “gospel.”  In what ways is the message of Jesus good news?  Are there some ways that it is communicated that can come across as bad news?

3.  When the message of Jesus is truly good news in your life, you should not feel guilty about sharing it.  After all, you have received a gift that is meaningful to you, and you should want others to experience it as well.  What are some barriers people encounter to sharing their faith?

4.  Often times, the “gospel” is narrowly defined as “salvation,” by what happens to you when you die.  Jesus said, “I came they might have life, and have it abundantly.”  What are the ways that your life is better and more abundant for having followed Jesus?

5.  In John 3.14 and 12.32, Jesus talks about being “lifted up” and how he will “draw all people to” himself.  If we see evangelism as “lifting Jesus up,” we don’t feel the pressure to “save” anyone, or “win” anyone to Christ.  Talk about ways that we can “lift Jesus up,” in such a way that it is good news to people, and he can draw people to himself.