Two Ways to Live: Know and Share the Gospel (Participant's Manual)
Phillip Jensen, Tony Payne
"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."See All
D. A. Carson
from his book The Gagging of God
"This is the best short gospel presentation that I know of."See All
Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church
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.
You will need a Participants Manual for the leader and each person doing the course.
The 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).