12-09&10-2017 Dr. Dale E. Locke & Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: The Thrill of Hope Week 2: Carrier
On our 2nd week of Advent, we focus on the virtue of Love. Read John 3:16 – 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- Consider and share with your group why the thrill of hope can accompany the truth of this scripture for a Christ follower.
Evangelism = Evangelist
We often have a negative image or idea about people who call themselves evangelists.
- Share what (or who) you think about when you hear the word ‘evangelist’.
In the sermon this weekend, Pastor Dale explains that the term “evangelical” is derived from the Greek word euangelion. The ancient Greek word for gospel was euangelion, which meant, literally, “good news.”
- Read Luke 2:8-20– 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
- Who, in this passage, were the bearers of good news, or ‘evangelists’? Who were the recipients of the good news? Note there is more than one answer to this question!
- Compare and contrast the different evangelists in the Luke passage.
- Read Romans 10:15b – “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
What does this scripture mean to you?
- Who was an evangelist for you, shared the good news of Jesus Christ to you, and encouraged you to become a follower of Christ?
How can we be an evangelist?
We can’t give away what we don’t own.
Read Colossians 2:6-7, 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness
- How did the evangelist in your life share the Gospel message with you? What was convincing to you about their delivery of the Gospel message? Did their lives reflect the Good News?
- If one day you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? What evidence would convict you? What evidence would acquit you?
Pastor Dale quoted an author who stated “Remember, every moment is brimming with redemptive potential”
- Do you agree with this statement? If so, what does it mean for us in terms of being an evangelist?
- Who could you share the good news with this Advent season? Who could you invite to come to a Candlelight Christmas service?
Pray that each member of your group be evangelists this Advent season, and pray for those who will be the recipients of the Good News that will be shared by the individuals in your group, that their hearts are opened to receive the love of Jesus Christ.