Sharing Your Story and God's Story (Life Together Student Series)
This series is the beginning of a relational journey, from being a member of a group to being a vital part of an unbelievable spiritual community. These books will help your young people think, talk, dig deep, care, heal, share....
Order now to secure your copy when our stock arrives.0 Available. Expected to ship in 6 to 7 weeks from Australia.
You may also like
This series is the beginning of a relational journey, from being a member of a group to being a vital part of an unbelievable spiritual community. These books will help your young people think, talk, dig deep, care, heal, share. . . and have the time of their lives. . . together!
LIFE TOGETHER: a revolutionary small group resource that will change the lives of your students. Six books overflow with Bible-based sessions to encourage and equip your young people.
SHARING Your Story and God''s Story: 6 Small Group Sessions on EvangelismCopyright 2003 by Doug Fields and Lifetogether"Youth Specialties Books, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon CA 92020, are published by Zondervan,5300 Patterson Avenue Southeast, Grand Rapids MI 49530Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataFields, Doug, 1962-Sharing your story and God''s story : 6 small group sessions onevangelism / by Doug Fields and Brett Eastman.p. cm.Summary: Presents lessons to be used by small groups to explore ways toshare faith in Jesus through prayer, scripture, fellowship, andministry.ISBN 0-310-25337-3 (pbk.)1. Christian teenagers--Religious life--Juvenile literature. 2.Evangelistic work--Juvenile literature. [1. Witness bearing(Christianity) 2. Christian life. 3. Teenagers--Religious life.] I.Eastman, Brett, 1959- II. Title.BV4531.3.F544 2005259''.23--dc212003005875Unless otherwise indicted, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New InternationalVersion (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Usedby permission of Zondervan Publishing House.All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmittedin any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other - exceptbrief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.Concept and portions of this curriculum are from Doing Life Together (Zondervan, 2002), used by permissionfrom Brett & Dee Eastman, Karen Lee-Thorp and Denise & Todd Wendorff.Editorial and Art Direction: Rick MarschallProduction Coordinator: Nicole DavisEdited: Vicki NewbyCover and interior design: Tyler Mattson, NomadicMedia.netInterior layouts, design management, production: Mark Rayburn, RayburnDesign.comProofreading: Vicki Newby and Linnea LagerquistDesign Assistance: Katherine SpencerProduction Assistance: Roni Meek, Amy AecovalleAuthor photos: Brian Wiertzema and Art ZipplePrinted in the United States of America04 05 06 07 08 09 // 10 9 8 7 6 5Evangelism is a weird word and a scary thing to do for most Christians. Justabout every Christian I''ve talked with feels uneasy about talking to others aboutGod''s plan through Jesus Christ. As you begin a book on evangelism, it wouldbe normal if you had many fears, questions, and experiences rattling through yourbrains.Some may fear that evangelism means learning Bible verses and knocking ondoors to convert strangers. Others may have concerns about the difficult questionsnon-Christians will ask: What''s the deal with evolution? If God is loving, why dobad things happen to good people? Why don''t marshmallows grow on trees? Somein your group may have had previous negative experiences trying to share theirfaith and just don''t want to do it again. I know exactly how you feel. I''ve been theretoo.It''s my prayer that as you discuss evangelism you''ll learn it isn''t about trying toconvert strangers with memorized tactics. God is the one who changes lives-that''shis job. Your privilege, as a Christian, is to develop friendships with others andthrough a series of stories gently guide them to the God who loves them more thanyou can imagine. Your "job" is to do what''s possible while having faith that Godwill do the impossible-transform a life. You can do your part!A healthy discussion of evangelism begins with the "why question." Why evangelism?The Bible provides answers, and as we pursue them we''re going to startwith developing a biblical understanding of God''s awesome love for people. God''slove is so different from human love that it can change a life. Human love can influencea life, but God''s love can transform a heart, which will redirect a life. And thewild thing about God''s transforming love is that he can do it with any life, no matterhow bad it might be. Even the worst are within reach of God''s love. You might considersomeone out of God''s reach. God doesn''t, and he might choose you to reachthem. You n
IMAGINE a group of students sharing this goal---to know Jesus Christ deeper and to make him known to others! IMAGINE them doing as the disciples did---fellowshipping, growing, serving, sharing, and worshiping together! IMAGINE yourself in this kind of caring, committed community---revolutionizing your life and those in the group! The Life Together series is the beginning of a relational journey, from being a member of a group to being a vital part of an unbelievable spiritual community. These books will help you think, talk, dig deep, care, heal, share...and have the time of your life! Life...together! Sharing Your Story and God's Story sets the stage for you and your small group community to play an exciting part in Jesus' Great Commission. This volume of the Life Together series will show you many ways to share your faith. Whether you are shy or outgoing, a new Christian or full of Bible verses, these six wild sessions spell out new descriptions of evangelism you never knew! God's Word is not just for you and not for your small group alone. Do life together...with the world that Jesus died for. Here's how. YOUTH LEADERS the Life Together series is a revolutionary small group resource that will change the lives of your students. Six related books overflow with Bible-based sessions to encourage and equip them. Check out the incredible Life Together DVD resources! Doug Fields and Brett Eastman share tips and approaches based on the books' contents, and about communicating with kids. Also on each DVD are Bible teachings, directly related to passages in the books' sessions, conducted by the most respected names in youth ministry---Doug Fields, Mike Yaconelli, Duffy Robbins, Efrem Smith, Helen Musick, and Marv Penner. 12 'conversations' with Doug and Brett, 12 detailed Bible teachings---these clips are invaluable resources for anyone seeking to share God's Word effectively to teenagers. Each DVD has almost three hours of the best small group teaching for youth you can imagine!
Founder of Simply Youth Ministry, Doug Fields has been in youth ministry since 1979 and is currently on staff at Saddleback Church in Southern California. He's the director of Purpose Driven Youth Ministry, and the author and co-author of more than 50 books, including the bestsellers Speaking to Teenagers and Your First Two Years in Youth Ministry. SPANISH BIO: Doug Fields es el pastor de ensenanza de la Iglesia Saddleback, una iglesia de 25,000 miembros. Como pastor de jovenes por mas de veinticinco anos, Doug realiza su actual funcion desde 1992. Ha sido autor y coauthor de mas de cincuenta
Dee Eastman is the co-director of the women's Bible study at Saddleback Church called 'The Journey.' SPANISH BIO: Dee Eastman es co-directora de una clase biblica para mujeres denominada. El Viaje, en la Iglesia de la Comunidad Saddleback Valley.
- Read Me First. . . . 9
- Session 1 Developing A Heart Of Compassion. . . . 21
- Session 2 Behind The Mask. . . . . 33
- Session 3 Building Friendships. . . . . 45
- Session 4 Sharing Your Story. . . . . 55
- Session 5 Sharing God's Story. . . . . . 65
- Session 6 Jesus' Final Words. . . . . 77
- Appendixes. . . . . 89
- Listening Like Jesus. . . . . 90
- When You Don't Have The Right Answers. . . . 91
- Small Group Covenant. . . . . 92
- Small Group Roster. . . . . . 94
- How To Keep Your Small Group From Becoming A Clique. . . . . 96
- Accountabilty Questions. . . . . 98
- Spiritual Health Assessment. . . . . 99
- Daily Bible Readings. . . . . 108
- How To Study The Bible. . . . . 109
- Memory Verses. . . . . 112
- Journaling: Snapshots Of Your Heart. . . . . 114
- Scribbles: Journal Pages. . . . . 117
- Praying In Your Small Group. . . . . 126
- Prayer Request Guidelines. . . . . 128
- Prayer Options. . . . . 130
- Prayer Request Log. . . . . 132
- Lifetogether For A Year. . . . . 138
- About The Authors . . . . . 144
Evangelism is a weird word and a scary thing to do for most Christians. Just about every Christian I've talked with feels uneasy about talking to others about God's plan through Jesus Christ. As you begin a book on evangelism, it would be normal if you had many fears, questions, and experiences rattling through your brains. Some may fear that evangelism means learning Bible verses and knocking on doors to convert strangers. Others may have concerns about the difficult questions non-Christians will ask: What's the deal with evolution? If God is loving, why do bad things happen to good people? Why don't marshmallows grow on trees? Some in your group may have had previous negative experiences trying to share their faith and just don't want to do it again. I know exactly how you feel. I've been there too. It's my prayer that as you discuss evangelism you'll learn it isn't about trying to convert strangers with memorized tactics. God is the one who changes lives---that's his job. Your privilege, as a Christian, is to develop friendships with others and through a series of stories gently guide them to the God who loves them more than you can imagine. Your 'job' is to do what's possible while having faith that God will do the impossible---transform a life. You can do your part! A healthy discussion of evangelism begins with the 'why question.' Why evangelism? The Bible provides answers, and as we pursue them we're going to start with developing a biblical understanding of God's awesome love for people. God's love is so different from human love that it can change a life. Human love can influence a life, but God's love can transform a heart, which will redirect a life. And the wild thing about God's transforming love is that he can do it with any life, no matter how bad it might be. Even the worst are within reach of God's love. You might consider someone out of God's reach. God doesn't, and he might choose you to reach them. You never know! Let the journey begin. Developing a Heart of Compassion 21 Developing a Heart of Compassion 22 SHARING your story and God's story Fellowship: CONNECTING Your Heart to Others' [goal: to have students share about their lives and listen attentively to others] Few people come to Christ without any human assistance. Most people can point back to at least one person who shined some light on Christ, Christianity, or a lifestyle that was an influential witness to living God's way. Who is the person who most influenced your commitment to follow Jesus? How did this person impact your life? (Remember to keep your response brief so everyone will have a chance to share.) Do you think many of your non-Christian friends are open to having spiritual conversations? Explain why or why not. Do you find it difficult to talk about God with others? Why do you think that is? If there are people in your small group who are new to the Christian faith, they should be encouraged to reread page 21 to make sure they understand our working definition of evangelism so they'll be prepared to engage in the upcoming discussions. If you haven't discussed the Small Group Covenant on page 92, take time to read it together and discuss it now. Make commitments to one another that your group time will reflect those values. You may want to have one person read the covenant to the group before you begin each lesson as a reminder. Use the Small Group Roster (page 94) to record the names and contact information of the small group members. Discipleship: GROWING to Be Like Jesus [goal: to explore God's Word, learn biblical knowledge, and make personal applications] Sharing the good news about salvation through faith in Jesus---evangelism ---begins with a very distinct attitude or condition of one's heart. It's called compassion. Compassion is the attitude that recognizes the true spiritual condition and needs of people. We are lost and without hope. The following passage reveals the compassion of our model, Jesus. 35Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, 'The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.' ---Matthew 9:35-38 Terms that look like this are described in Learn a Little More near the end of the session. Developing a Heart of Compassion 23 What do you think made a bigger impact on the crowds, Jesus' teaching or his miracles? Explain why you think so. What's the difference between feeling sorry for someone and feeling compassion for him? Since the crowds had the teaching and wisdom of Jesus, how could they be 'harassed and helpless' and 'without a shepherd?' Wasn't Jesus their shepherd? Would you consider yourself to be a compassionate person? Why do you think that? Is it possible to be too compassionate? Explain. What are some common obstacles people must overcome to be more compassionate? 24 SHARING your story and God's story What would a compassionate person look like in your everyday life (at home, at school, in sports, on the job...)? Why does Jesus say that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few? Does this mean some people won't be harvested because there are too few workers? What are the implications of your answer to this question? What's the ultimate destiny for those without faith in Jesus? When you think about specific people you know, how do you feel? If you fail to share the gospel with someone, does this mean it's your fault if he or she never makes a commitment of faith in Jesus? Explain your answer. Ministry: SERVING Others in Love [goal: to recognize and take opportunities to serve others] As you develop a heart for those living without Christ, it helps to understand the needs of others. If God's efforts to bring people into his kingdom are not limited by our human efforts, why should we concern ourselves with being evangelistic? Developing a Heart of Compassion 25 What are the basic needs of the people who live within your community? What about the needs of those within your school community? What are the needs of unbelievers? In what practical ways can you begin to meet those needs? Evangelism: SHARING Your Story and God's Story [goal: to consider how the truths from this lesson might be applied to relationships with unbelievers] Having compassion for others isn't something that comes naturally to most of us. When God lives within your heart, you'll begin to see others in the way God sees them. That's one of the goals of being a follower of Jesus---to be more like him. In an attempt to develop a heart for non-Christians, it's good to begin thinking of those you know who don't have a relationship with God. When they're on your mind, they'll begin to make their way into your heart. 'No Way!' Make two lists. In the first list write names of public figures---people you don't know personally (actors, athletes, teachers, politicians...)---about whom you assume by their lifestyle that they probably don't have a relationship with God. In the second list write names of people you know personally who are the type of people who cause you to think, 'No way is that person a Christian. I don't think this person would want anything to do with Jesus.' (Think through different areas of your life: school, family, neighborhood, work, sports teams...) Public figures 26 SHARING your story and God's story Personal acquaintances (You may want to use initials or code names if your book might be read by others.) What are you currently doing to develop friendships with those people? At the beginning of small groups such as this one, you should decide whether your group is open to inviting friends to