Promoting the Gospel (Discussion Guide)
This Discussion guide is designed to help small groups to navigate the material in^Promoting the gospel in a manner that will help stimulate discussion and bring the^issues into real life situations. Participants will be given the opportunity to consider...
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This Discussion guide is designed to help small groups to navigate the material in^Promoting the gospel in a manner that will help stimulate discussion and bring the^issues into real life situations. Participants will be given the opportunity to consider how^the key ideas presented by John Dickson might impact their own unique life situation.
^Make sure participants have read the relevant chapter of Promoting the Gospel,^otherwise many of the questions will be obscure. The guide essentially follows the^flow of John Dickson's book and should be easy to follow. Encourage each other^to be up to date with the reading prior to coming to the group.
Don't worry about trying to complete all questions. Decide as a group which ones^to focus on, and allow the discussion to go where it takes you. There is lots to^discuss and no need to rush through it all.
The 'Real Life!' sections pick up major concerns of the book and consider their^impact on true-life situations. Where possible, incorporate these into your^discussion. If you are short of time, read them on your own later.
The interviews on pages 26–27 and page 44 are worth reading together to^examine the multi-layered and distinctive manner through which different people^come to put their faith in Jesus.
Simon Smart is Executive Director of the Centre for Public Christianity. A former English and History teacher, Simon has a Masters in Christian Studies from Regent College, Vancouver. He has years of experience writing and editing both academic curricula and popular books. He is the author of For God's Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion, and editor of A Spectator's Guide to Worldviews. His writing has appeared in such places as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC, The Australian, and The Guardian.