Introduction - Just Be A Friend.Out Reach Groups

Just Be A Friend.Out Reach Groups

Just Be A Friend.Out Reach Groups - A web site dedicated to providing Evangelism & Discipleship helps to local churches to encourage their congregations to get out into their communities to share Christ wherever the need.

Matthew 28:18-20, “18 And having come to them Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Has been given to Me all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Going therefore disciple all the nations, baptizing them to the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you. And lo, I with you am all the days until the completion of the age. Amen.” (Today’s Parallel Greek-English New Testament, Dr. George Berry)

The Great Commission, Matthew 28:18 - 20, is the New Testament Church’s Call to Service and to Faithfulness. I pray you find encouragement in the Lord for yourself and your church for increased evangelism and discipleship in these following pages.

Several truths will be shared throughout this journey of “Just Be A Friend.Out Reach Groups”. This material will be concise and brief and to the point. It’s purpose is to get a church’s congregation out into the community to just be a friend to others in Jesus’ Name through small outreach groups. The first four truths about deal with the Biblical foundations of being willing to do whatever it takes. Only by thinking this way will we be willing to host or lead a small outreach group in our church’s community or wherever God wants us to do it. It is extremely important to realize that this is not a campaign. Campaigns are good in that they cause us to carry out and practice what we should be doing and need to be doing for the sake of the Great Commission. But they are literally close dated/ close ended. The hope is that the things learned and practiced will become a part of our church’s daily walk. But they don’t. What we do with a campaign and/or is realized even much more as a success for the Glory of God and His Kingdom’s Work as we make these truths a daily practice of our church’s daily walk 365 days a year every year. This emphasis has to come from the top down. From the pastor to the congregation. It is a process of progressive pragmatic practice. In other words, simply being obedient to the Word. References with page numbers citing (S & N CPM) refers to the International Centre for Excellence in Leadership (ICEL) course titled, “Stimulating and Nurturing Church Planting Movements”.

 1 Timothy 2:3-4 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

 2 Chronicles 7:14 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

 Matthew 28:19-20 18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

 Acts 1:8 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

 John 8:36 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

 Matthew 12:29-30 "29 Or how can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. 30 He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad.”

 John 1:35-42 The First Disciples - "Operation Andrew”
35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

 2 Corinthians 9:6 “6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” 

 The ninth truth, “Plan of Salvation”, gives emphasis to the need for everyone to be prepared to share a plan of salvation to anyone with whom the Holy Spirit is leading you to witness God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ.

 1. Describe your life before you truly accepted Jesus. (Your problems, life style, religious practices, etc.) 

Remember this statement? “Our purpose is to get a church’s congregation out into the community to just be a friend to others in Jesus’ Name through small outreach groups and being willing to do whatever it takes such as to host or lead a small outreach group in your church’s community or wherever God wants you to do it.”

 What does the BOX represent? 1. The way we have always done it before. 2. Tradition. 3. The four walls of the physical church building. 4. The property lines of the physical church location. 5. Limitations.

 1. INDUCTIVE – This form of Bible Study is given below in today’s study of 1 Thess. 5:16 – 18. This can be a group study but it is also a good individual private study.

 Philippians 1:3-6 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now,

 The beginning of a growth movement of the Church through community Out Reach Groups begins with praying, talking and thinking about what God wants you to do with respect to where, with whom and to what extent.

2 Timothy 3:16, “all Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness”

This page begins a new section of simple and brief Bible studies dealing with the doctrine of salvation. The underlined/bold words are to call attention to the teachings of these words with a brief commentary below.

More Bible verses on…..”’not of works’ are we saved but by God’s Grace!! In other words, not from our own physical efforts can we find forgiveness of sins and redemption but only by our faith in who Jesus Christ is and in what He has done for us.

Repentance that brings remission of sin is our change of decision, of purpose and of the direction of our walk through life. It is not just to say to God, "I am sorry" as a remorse for our actions and their consequences, but also includes a true change of our walk.

(Lists of sins - search the Bible dictionary and discuss the meaning of each one) (1) THE TEN COMMANDMENTS - Exodus 20:1 - 17 (2) THE SEVEN THINGS ABOMINABLE TO GOD - Proverbs 6:16 - 19 (3) Romans 1:25 - 32 (4) THE WORKS OF THE FLESH - Galatians 5:19 - 21 (5) Revelations 21:6 - 8 (6) Revelations 22:14-15

Colossians 1:11-20
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins….…20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

There is a moment in time when a person is redeemed, atoned for, forgiven, reborn, saved from their own sins. It is when they receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; acknowledging that they are a sinner and that they need forgiveness from their sins and that they cannot do anything on their own in order to have forgiveness or restoration from their sins.

Matthew 7.21-23 says, "21Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”                    "but he who does the will of my Father in heaven"

INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
Who are you? Why do you exist? What is the purpose of your life? Why were you born? What is the root of many of your problems? What is going to happen to you when you die?
      In 1 Thessalonians 5:23 the Bible says, "May God himself, the God of peace, sandtify you through and through. May you whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
    God loves you. You were created in His image and you are an important person-worthy and with value. What is your opinion about yourself? Are you a person who loves himself? If you are not, then it will be very difficult for you to love other people. It all begins when you realize that God really is love, and he really loves you. John 3:16 says, "For God-so loved the world (you) that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
    In the last lesson, you learned that the Lord God loves you and He wants to give you a new life, a transformed life, and AN eternal life with Jesus Christ our Lord. The first step to knowing Christ and receiving Him in your heart is to understand the truth of this lesson. 

INTRODUCTION: The following "A New Life" studies are used by permission by the author, Thomas Wade Akins.
    In the last lesson, you learned that the Lord God loves you and that He is holy. The word holy means "separated." This means that God does not have sin; however, man is a sinner. Then: exists a barrier between God and man: this barrier is sin.

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