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Talking Jesus is a five week course running in the build up to Christmas at St Kea. We want to explore together some of the challenges of talking about Jesus to those we know. We will be considering what motivates us to ‘talk Jesus’ and hearing from people all over the country who are giving it a go.

Talking Jesus was produced following a recent research project about attitudes to Christianity in the UK. It shows people are more open to thinking about Jesus than we might think.

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The course is produced by The Church of England, HOPE UK, the Evangelical Alliance and others. We hope you find it helpful.


WEEK FIVE - GO ON TALKING JESUS

READ COLOSSIANS 4: 2-3

OF course this course is just the beginning. We’ve a lifetime of opportunities ahead. Let’s not forget the power of personal invitation, the bible and prayer. Don’t give up. Be intentional about setting targets in prayer, let the Holy Spirit do the work and persevere in prayer and loving action.

NOW PLAY THE INTRODUCTORY VIDEO FOR THIS WEEK

God makes His appeal through us - but He is the Rescuer. Our role is to pray and to speak up when God gives us an opportunity to talk about His story in our lives.

Question - Thinking about the people you are praying for, where are they on the journey to faith?


NOW PLAY THE TEACHING VIDEO FOR THIS WEEK

DISCUSS

  1. Michael has studied the impact of a personal invitation and has spent 14 years asking Christians why we don’t invite our friends to church. When did you last invite someone to church? Is there someone God is prompting you to invite? Although this is the end of the course, let’s hold each other accountable over the coming weeks, as we look for God-given opportunities to invite friends or family members to church.

  2. Is your church friend-proof? What could you and your church do to be more welcoming for first time visitors? Let’s get over the last time someone said ‘No!’ when we asked them to church or a church event. Our responsibility is to invite. The rest is up to God.

  3. The power of God’s Word changed Brian’s life round. For Lizzie, love in action is having an impact with her colleagues. Yemi found that God had gone ahead of him when he had a conversation with a fellow plane passenger. What is God prompting you to say, do or pray?

  4. Looking back over the course, be thankful that your story is part of God’s story. Go on asking for opportunities to talk about Jesus, persevering in prayer for the people on your list. Remember Andrew’s warning: don’t force conversations. Let God’s Holy Spirit do the work.


CHALLENGE

You are key to making Jesus known. You have a unique set of friends, family members, colleagues and neighbours who need you to talk Jesus. Pray. Trust the Bible. Follow the prompts of the Holy Spirit and have a go!


WEEK FOUR - GOD’s story

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

And now for the heart of the talking Jesus course… How to share God’s story with those around us. Let’s explore how our story connects with God’s story as we discover how different Christians put God’s amazing story of hope into words.

Now play the introductory video for this week

Today’s film includes stories from five different people about how God’s story was good news for them. Notice the different ways their stories connect with God’s story.

Question - How have the themes of God’s story connected with your own story?

Have a go at telling God’s story in under one minute! Go - start the stopwatch!

Now play the teaching video for this week

Discuss - so what so you believe

  1. Creation: Awe and wonder at God’s amazing creation was the point of connection between Samuel’s story and the big God story. He was amazed to discover that the creator God could love him intimately. What impact does the natural world have on your appreciation of God’s character?

  2. Fall: Sadly our world has been damaged by sin. Danny discovered ‘peace at last’ when he allowed God to take his broken life and make it new. He wanted to exchange his broken story for God’s good news story. Are there people you are praying for who are reaching that point in their lives?

  3. Redemption: Raj worked hard to be loved. But members of her own family rejected her. Her life was transformed when she discovered Jesus the Redeemer - the one who dies on the cross to give her a new life. Practice explaining the impact of the cross, as you think about the different people you are praying for.

  4. Hope: Practical action and a few well-chosen words made all the difference for John and Linda as they faced the agony of losing their son. Who do you know who needs to experience God’s love through practical action and a few well-chosen words.

  5. Emily summed up the gospel in a few words as she explained her artwork. How can you explain God’s story?

  6. Like Shaevon can you take inspiration from the way Jesus interacted with the woman at the well (John 4:4-30, 39-42)?

Challenge

Taking Frank’s advice as a storyteller, what would you say if someone asked you ‘what exactly do you believe?’

Remember… listen well. Ask questions. Invite people into God’s story.


WEEK three - our story

Read 1 peter 3:15

Finally the session you have been waiting for. It’s time to tell your story. Don’t be shy. Sharing your own story authentically and honestly can be softly, but the impact can be life-changing for the people closest to you.


Now play the introductory video for this week

You might not think that your life has the markings of a best seller - but your story is powerful. Each time you tell your story you are giving a gift of yourself. As we tell our story we flesh out the message about Jesus in a tangible way.

Question - Who are the people you could give the precious gift of your personal story to?


Now play the teaching video for this week


Discuss

  1. For many of us, telling our story is new territory. As Andrew says, start by thinking about your audience. Who you would like to share your story with… every good story has a key ‘audience of one’… so work out who that one might be. And remember, you don’t need to tell your whole life history. Be authentic. Listen well. Be interested in people’s lives and ask good questions like Jesus did.

  2. What’s your experience of living life following Jesus? Think about one example of God’s work in your life that connects with the story of the person listening to you. Try to practice opening lines for the five different people you’ve been praying for.

  3. When you have the start of your story, then comes the middle… What happened? Followed by… What God did… What was the difference God made? And that’s it! Remember, keep it short, use language that is appropriate to the person listening… no long words or Christian jargon! Of course, most of all remember its a conversation, not a talk. And if they ask a question and you don’t know the answer, be honest. Just say you don’t know but you could find out.

  4. So that’s the theory. Now it’s time to practice. Imagine your ‘audience of one’… one of the five you have been praying for. Listen to each other as you tell your story to your ‘audience of one’. You’ll soon see everyone has an interesting story to tell.


Challenge

Let’s make sure we aren’t just living the Christian life for our own benefit - but also telling others about the difference Jesus makes. Be intentional about sharing your story this week.

How can we live lives that provoke questions?

Let’s always be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have.

Spend some time praying now, asking God to help you with this week’s challenge.


WEEK TWO - LIVING DISTINCTIVeLY

Read Matthew 5:13-26

When we are making decisions we often pay attention to recommendations from people we know. As Christians, it’s as if our lives are a review page; we are ambassadors for Jesus. In this session we look at what it means to live distinctively Christian lives and discover the impact we can have.

Now play the introductory video for this week

It is easy to race through life missing opportunities to show Jesus’ love to the people we meet.

Question - Over the last few days when have you been a good ambassador for Jesus?

Question - Are there times over the last few days when your life has not encouraged other people to follow Jesus?

Now play the teaching video for this week

Discuss

  1. Where do you go for recommendations for a holiday or a meal out? In today’s video isn’t it encouraging to hear Simon talk about how his brother became a Christian? Who are the friends and family members who see you as a ambassador for Jesus?

  2. What does ‘living distinctively’ look like for you? Have people ever noticed you behave differently because you are a Christian? What does that look like in your neighbourhood or workplace? Is the impact positive or negative?

  3. Many Christians spend most of their free time with Christian friends. What could you do to be more intentional about meeting people who are not yet Christians?

  4. How are you doing with the challenge to pray for five people you know who don’t yet know Jesus? As Osien says, “When we pray, God changes our hearts and prepares the hearts of those we are praying for”. Ask God for opportunities to serve others and to talk to them about Jesus.


Challenge

What one thing could you do for the five people in your prayer list this week? Be intentional about living distinctively with them.

Spend some time praying now, asking God to help you with this week’s challenge.


WEEK ONE - what Motivates us?

Read Matthew 28:18-20

Jesus says “Go… I am with you…” but we often hesitate, even when we have a chance to talk to our friends and family about Jesus. Taking on Jesus’ challenge can seem difficult. But when we pray and go for it, it is thrilling to see how God uses us. In this first session we are going to think about what motivates us in talking about Jesus.

Now play the introductory video for this week

A casual conversation can change someone’s life!

Question - What prompted you to become a Christian? (A random encounter? The influence of family? A conversation with a friend?)

Question - What opportunities have you had (or missed) to talk about Jesus recently.

Now play the teaching video for this week

Discuss

  1. Does sharing your faith feel like climbing an impossibly high mountain? What stops you sharing your faith?

  2. In the video, Philip feels compelled by God’s love to talk about Jesus. The outcome of a friendly chat with a neighbour surprised him. Describe an occasion when you have shared your faith. How did you feel before and after talking about Jesus? What was the outcome?

  3. Alexia invited her university friends to church. Some came along. Others said ‘No!’ but they remained friends. When did you last invite someone to church? What happened? If they said ‘No!’ what happened next?

  4. Andrew reminds us that we can be confident talking to others about Jesus, because it is Jesus who saves people, not us. How do you feel about sharing your faith? What could GO mean for you?

  5. Talk about what can help motivate you to share your faith when you feel tired or afraid? How can you be intentional this coming week about talking Jesus?

Challenge

Think of people you know - friends, family, colleagues, other members at the gym, choir, sports club etc… Which five people will you be praying for over the next few weeks? Write their names down now.

Ask God for opportunities to share your faith with them.

Remember 1 in 5 people we talk to wants to know more.


For more information on this course visit the Talking Jesus website.


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