The Two Ways to Live: Know and share the gospel course stems from the conviction that every Christian should know and understand the gospel clearly, and be able to explain their faith effectively when the opportunity arises. However, the beauty of this course is that it does not assume that every Christian will have the same gifts or opportunities to share the gospel.
Participants spend some time looking at what the Bible says about sharing the gospel, and at the attitudes, motivations and methods that should accompany it. They learn not only what the gospel actually is, but how to share it simply and naturally with others. This involves learning to adapt a basic gospel outline to their own conversational style, and practising this skill in different contexts. They also spend time reflecting on the content and theology of the gospel outline, through listening to two talks (contained on their participant's CD-ROM), and discussing them in the group.
After this seven-week course, participants should come away with:
- a sound and thorough knowledge of what the gospel is, and
- the ability to share it with someone clearly and naturally when the opportunity arises.
To get a feel for the difference this course can make, please watch the two "conversations" below.
This Leader's Guide provides everything required to run the course. However, the Training DVD is an optional, but highly recommended, resource containing extra input for the leader as well as role plays and demonstrations to use throughout the course).
About the Author
Tony Payne has spent more than 20 years in Christian writing and editing as the Publishing Director of Matthias Media. He is a graduate of Moore Theological College (BTh Hons), and the author or co-author of many popular books and resources, including Two Ways to Live: The choice we all face, Fatherhood: What it is and what it's for, Guidance and the Voice of God, Prayer and the Voice of God, and Six Steps to Reading Your Bible.
Phillip Jensen is an internationally renowned preacher and evangelist. He is the author of the well-known Two Ways to Live gospel presentation, as well as numerous books and Bible study materials, including Guidance and the Voice of God. He currently serves as Dean of Sydney at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Phillip and his wife, Helen, have three children and a growing number of grandchildren.
Publisher: Matthias Media USA
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN 10: 1876326611
ISBN 13: 9781876326616
"If the redemptive-historical work of Christ is the core of the Christian gospel, then 2 Ways to Live is the evangelistic training tool we’ve been waiting for. No other short gospel presentation places the redemptive accomplishment of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection so central and presents it so simply and clearly. "
— Jeff Shamess, Westminster Bookstore
"This is the best short gospel presentation that I know of."
— Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
"At the risk of oversimplification, most evangelistic tools in the Western world are subsets of systematic theology. By this I mean that they tend to ask atemporal questions, and give atemporal answers ... There is nothing intrinsically wrong with this pattern, as long as the people to whom it is presented have already bought into the Judeo-Christian heritage... But if you present these atemporal outlines of the gospel to those who know nothing about the Bible's plotline, and who have bought into one form or another of New Age theosophy, how will they hear you?... In short, the good news of Jesus Christ is virtually incoherent unless it is securely set into a biblical worldview... In the last few years, several evangelistic tools have been created that are far more sensitive to the Bible's ‘story line’.The first of these to be prepared is still one of the most effective: Two Ways to Live presents Christ in six steps, the six steps offering, in contemporary English, something of the Bible's plot-line as the necessary framework in which to understand the gospel."
— D. A. Carson, from his book The Gagging of God