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Sharing Jesus (Experiencing Christ Together Student Series)

Brett EastmanDoug Fields

Sharing Jesus (Experiencing Christ Together Student Series)

Brett EastmanDoug Fields

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This series of six small group study guides bring youth face to face with Jesus, the one who holds the key to living for God. Each study contains six 20 minute lessons focusing on a phase in the Christian journey, from conversion, through growing spiritual maturity, to committed discipleship. Integrated with the six studies are three separately sold DVDs - one for every two studies - presenting biblical teaching that supports and advances the material in the books. All items are available separately, or can be purchased in a single kit that will save you over $30!

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About "Sharing Jesus (Experiencing Christ Together Student Series)"

This series of six small group study guides bring youth face to face with Jesus, the one who holds the key to living for God. Each study contains six 20 minute lessons focusing on a phase in the Christian journey, from conversion, through growing spiritual maturity, to committed discipleship. Integrated with the six studies are three separately sold DVDs - one for every two studies - presenting biblical teaching that supports and advances the material in the books. All items are available separately, or can be purchased in a single kit that will save you over $30!
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These six new study guides have six sessions each and enable small groups to explore the power and life application of Jesus' teaching on the five biblical purposes of a Christian life by closely examining Christ's model in the Gospels.
- Publisher

Sharing Jesus, Student Edition: Six Sessions on Evangelism Copyright 2006 by Doug Fields and Brett Eastman Youth Specialties products, 300 South Pierce Street, El Cajon, CA 92020, are published by Zondervan, 5300 Patterson Avenue SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49530 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Fields, Doug, 1962- Sharing Jesus : 6 small group sessions on evangelism / Doug Fields and Brett Eastman. p. cm. -- (Experiencing Christ together, student edition) ISBN-10: 0-310-26648-3 (pbk.) ISBN-13: 978-0-310-26648-8 (pbk.) 1. Witness bearing (Christianity)--Biblical teaching. 2. Evangelistic work- -Biblical teaching. 3. Witness bearing--Study and teaching. 4. Evangelistic work--Study and teaching. I. Eastman, Brett, 1959- II. Title. BV4520.F52 2006 268'.433--dc22 2005024176 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version (North American Edition). Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. Some of the anecdotal illustrations in this book are true to life and are included with the permission of the persons involved. All other illustrations are composites of real situations, and any resemblance to people living or dead is coincidental. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means- electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other-except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher. Web site addresses listed in this book were current at the time of publication. Please contact Youth Specialties via e-mail (YS@YouthSpecialties.com) to report URLs that are no longer operational and replacement URLs if available. Creative Team: Dave Urbanski, Holly Sharp, Mark Novelli, Joanne Heim, Janie Wilkerson Cover Design: Mattson Creative Printed in the United States of America Jake could hardly believe it. The television program he was watching suddenly became one of those "we interrupt this program..." breaking news stories. It was the day after Christmas, and a tidal wave (also known as a tsunami) had hit the coasts of Sri Lanka and Indonesia in Southeast Asia. Initial reports said that tens of thousands had died. Despite the television imagery, Jake could barely comprehend a number so large. He wondered what the damage and devastation would mean for this poverty-stricken country. (In the end, more than 300,000 people were killed by the tsunami.) The following week, Jake shared his feelings and concerns with his small group-he just couldn't shake those images of humans in need. The group began praying for the people and families experiencing tragedy. Even though the small group of teenage guys were thousands of miles away and didn't know anyone personally involved in the crisis, their hearts were breaking over the pain they saw on television. The group began to view the people of Southeast Asia through God's eyes and discuss how pained God must feel when his people hurt. But the guys didn't just talk about the pain; they sent money and care packages as often as they could. Th at summer they went on a mission trip with their church to Sri Lanka to help those who needed assistance. Not only were they helping people in a horrible situation, but their hearts were changing as well. Amazing things happen when we allow ourselves to feel for people the way God must feel when he sees them in need. That's what this session is all about-developing a tender heart for others. More specifically, it's about developing a heart for those who don't know God. The word for this is evangelism. God wants evangelism to
- Publisher

A Life Together Resource---Living with Purpose in Community Students understand that they were created for a reason---they know God had something in mind when he knit them together. The challenge is helping your students unlock that knowledge and start living the life they were designed for. Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition (modeled after Experiencing Christ Together adult curriculum) brings your students face to face with Jesus, the one who holds the key to living for God. By studying Jesus' words and life, these small group studies will take your students to the heart of what it means to live purposefully for God. Included in the Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition curriculum are these studies: * Beginning in Jesus * Connecting in Jesus * Growing in Jesus * Serving Like Jesus * Sharing Christ Jesus * Surrendering to Jesus Also included are three DVDs, each of which contains biblical teaching that covers twelve individual sessions. Used in conjunction with the Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition books, these teaching lessons support and advance the work your students will be doing in their small groups. Taken together, the Experiencing Christ Together Student Edition curriculum represent thirty-six individual sessions (almost a year's worth of small-group studies) and over twelve hours of teaching all aimed at helping your students learn to follow God's purpose for their lives. each piece is available separately.
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Meet the Authors

Brett Eastman

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.

Doug Fields

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

Table Of Contents

  • Table Of Contents
  • Introduction: Read Me First! 7
  • Small Group Covenant 17
  • Session 1 The Father's Heart 19
  • Session 2 Jesus In Flesh And Blood 33
  • Session 3 Sowing Seeds 45
  • Session 4 Who Is My Neighbor? 57
  • Session 5 Teaming Up 67
  • Session 6 Up A Tree 77
  • Appendix 87

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Excerpt from: Sharing Jesus (Experiencing Christ Together Student Series)

Jake could hardly believe it. The television program he was watching suddenly became one of those 'we interrupt this program...' breaking news stories. It was the day after Christmas, and a tidal wave (also known as a tsunami) had hit the coasts of Sri Lanka and Indonesia in Southeast Asia. Initial reports said that tens of thousands had died. Despite the television imagery, Jake could barely comprehend a number so large. He wondered what the damage and devastation would mean for this poverty-stricken country. (In the end, more than 300,000 people were killed by the tsunami.) The following week, Jake shared his feelings and concerns with his small group---he just couldn't shake those images of humans in need. The group began praying for the people and families experiencing tragedy. Even though the small group of teenage guys were thousands of miles away and didn't know anyone personally involved in the crisis, their hearts were breaking over the pain they saw on television. The group began to view the people of Southeast Asia through God's eyes and discuss how pained God must feel when his people hurt. But the guys didn't just talk about the pain; they sent money and care packages as often as they could. Th at summer they went on a mission trip with their church to Sri Lanka to help those who needed assistance. Not only were they helping people in a horrible situation, but their hearts were changing as well. Amazing things happen when we allow ourselves to feel for people the way God must feel when he sees them in need. That's what this session is all about---developing a tender heart for others. More specifically, it's about developing a heart for those who don't know God. The word for this is evangelism. God wants evangelism to well up within us as our hearts become more like his. Just as compassion for the lost gripped Christ and motivated his action, the same concern for those living without God ought to compel us to action as well. Goal: To share about your life and listen attentively to others, caring about what they share If you're new to this series of books, you'll find that every time you get to the fellowship section, the questions are designed to get you talking and knowing each other better. If you're a veteran of the series (which means that you've been through some of the other books), then you already know what to do. Answer one of these two questions: 1. If you're a Christian, what was your life like before you had a personal relationship with God? What did you know about Jesus? What did you think about Jesus? Fellowship: CONNECTING Your Heart to Others' What did you think about people who claimed to have a relationship with Jesus? 2. Think of one person in your life who doesn't know Jesus. Briefl y describe your relationship with that person. (Is that person a family member, a close friend, or a neighbor?) How do you feel about him or her not knowing Jesus? Goal: To explore God's Word, gain biblical knowledge, and make personal applications It's easy to get comfortable in life. Seeking comfort isn't necessarily a bad thing. You wouldn't deliberately wear shoes that were too small just so you could feel pain, right? Comfort in friendships isn't bad, either. Without comfort, every conversation would be difficult and shallow, filled with awkward pauses and insecurity. It's good to have a safe place with friends who provide support, encouragement, and fun. But comfort can become dangerous when it blinds our eyes to others' needs. Too much comfort can come at the expense of those who may need your compassion. As you study this passage, see if you can discover what's important to God. Read Luke 15:1-10. (If you don't have a Bible, the passage is on page 93.) The Father's Heart Discipleship: GROWING to Be Like Jesus. 1. What situation prompted Jesus to tell the stories (also called parables) about the lost sheep and coin? 2. Why do you think the Pharisees were so critical of Jesus? 3. Since Jesus hung out with the tax collectors and 'sinners,' does that mean Christians can hang out with whomever they want---no matter what? Why, or why not? 4. What do these parables teach about God's character? 5. When do you find it easy to judge others? What qualities or actions do you look down upon? 23 6. Read verse 7 again. Does it mean that God and the angels care more about non-Christians who cry for help than Christians who remain strong in their faith? Explain your answer. 7. What role does joy play in these parables? How can this motivate us? How does joy play out in the lives of the Pharisees and teachers of the law? 8. In your opinion, what is the best way to help someone come to repentance? 9. Which of the following best describes a picture of your spiritual life right now? Explain your answer. a. A tax collector in need of repentance b. A Pharisee, judging the lost and those who are trying to help them c. A disciple, trying to reach out to the lost The Father's Heart Goal: To consider how the truths from this session might be applied to your relationships with unbelievers We have found that time alone with God is essential for developing a heart for the lost (those separated from God). The Bible is full of ideas about how to pray for our friends---and for ourselves! (See Colossians 4:2-6 for one example.) In prayer we can tell God our fears regarding evangelism, our frustrations that others aren't coming to faith in Jesus, and our dreams for our lost friends. We hope you'll make it your goal over the next six weeks to develop your heart for the lost by praying for them. Prayer will stretch your heart and make you sensitive to those who live their lives without God. 1. Think about family members, neighbors, and friends who may not know God. Write at least three or four names below. (These names are private---they're just for your prayer life.) 2 Commit to praying for these people throughout this study, both with your group and on your own. Ask God to show you his heart for them. 3. Ask God to make you a person of prayer---someone who is sensitive to the needs of others and the spiritual condition of those around you. Goal: To recognize and take advantage of opportunities to serve others.

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  • Catalogue Code 231511
  • Product Code 0310266483
  • EAN 9780310266488
  • UPC 025986266486
  • Pages 144
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Youth Ministry
  • Sub-Category Courses
  • Publisher Youth Specialties
  • Publication Date Jan 2006
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.181kg

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