In the Deep End (2)

AGENDA, 18 February 2013

1. Welcome

2. Review In the Deep End (1)

  • Our Values, Our Vision, Our Mission (see Matthew 9:35-38),Our Training
  • Our Principles
  • Prayer

3. Our Stories

  • Shaun’s Story

4. Person of Peace – Handout

5. Share Jesus Easily – Handout

6. Steve Addison


7. Prayer

In The Deep End (1)

AGENDA, 21 January 2012

1. Welcome

  • Our Vision: Acts 1:8
  • Our Character: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
  • Our Training: Handout

2. Introduction

  • People: Name, How long have you been associated with one2one, How long have you been a Christian?
  • Purpose: The principles and practice of conveying the good news of Jesus one-to-one
  • Prayer: Heavenly Father, guide our thoughts this evening.

3. The Holy Spirit

  • Acts 21:1-16
  • Acts: 20:22-25
  • Acts: 8:26-39

4. What are the principles we have identified thus far?

  • Prayer – Seek God’s direction through Prayer
  • Prompting – Trust the prompting of the Holy Spirit
  • People – Build relationships with People
  • Purpose – Be Purposeful
  • Partner – Partner with others
  • Know your Bible
  • Seek first to understand then to be understood
  • Know the signs of a “God-fearing” person

5. Share Jesus Easily

  • Briefly discuss the Share Jesus Easily handout

6. Prayer

  • Heavenly Father, across the course of the next few weeks help us to be aware of your Spirit, to be purposeful and to dive in the deep end.

If needed discuss How to Win Friends and Influence People cf How to Lose Friends and Infuriate People

THE SWAMP

This series of comic strips from The Swamp caught my attention for two reasons.

Firstly, Mort’s wonder an awe of the heavens in the night sky. The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by all things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead,…” and the Psalmist in Psalm 8, “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,…”

Secondly, Mort’s deep sense of concern when he ┬áNOTICES a star is missing. While this same concern is obviously not shared by Wart Mort still leaps into action.

I’m reminded of the parables of Jesus, recorded in Luke 15, about the lost son, the lost sheep and the lost coin. The stories were told by Jesus in response to the complaint of the Pharisees and scribes who were saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” In Luke 19:10 following the conversion of Zacchaeus Jesus emphatically stated, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

While Wart is doubtful of the outcome of Mort’s course of action to find the missing star by reporting it to the Poultry Squad Jesus calls US to have the same concern and to be engaged in the search for missing stars in God’s heaven.

2 Peter 3:9 states, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

In this era of grace there is an imperative about the work of the Kingdom of God. The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “I tell you now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation.”