F.A.I.T.H. training is designed to disciple our members to effectively share the gospel and minister through Sunday School relationships; equip you to clearly share the Gospel with anyone at anytime; and to strengthen and build our Sunday School.
Our first goal is accomplished as Learners develop a clear understanding of the F.A.I.T.H. Visit Outline. The second goal is accomplished as Teams are formed from within the same Sunday School class, age group, or division.
Teams visit prospects for their class and department. They try to enroll those prospects who are not involved in any church's Bible study and who agree to be enrolled. Teams also minister to their class members. Teams also visit neighborhoods to invite the unchurched to fellowship our congregation.Why?
The Bible is clear about our responsibility to be a disciple of Christ and His witness. The following verses are just a few indicating this all-important command: Matthew 28:19–20; Mark 1:17; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47–48; John 20:21; Acts 1:8; Acts 8:4. In the New Testament witness means being a verbal witness, one person telling another the Good News of the Gospel.
In F.A.I.T.H. Training, which we have based on 2 Timothy 2:1–2, we can multiply ourselves as disciple-makers and active witnesses. The good news of salvation which we have received, we are to pass on to others and equip them to pass it on as well. F.A.I.T.H. helps us multiply our witness.
Why do we have F.A.I.T.H. training? Because the Bible commands us to do what F.A.I.T.H. provides.What?
What Benefits Do We Receive?
Spiritual growth & Discipleship
Joy in service
Rewards in heaven
Sunday School growth
The next semester of FAITH began October 17, 2013 and meets on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in the Choir Room. If you would like more information on FAITH, please contact Jeremy Cole at 606-678-4159 or firstname.lastname@example.org.How?
Each week on Thursday we will meet at the church for classroom training. In Teaching Time, we use F.A.I.T.H. resources to learn how to make ministry and evangelistic visits. You will be on a three-person team representing your Sunday School class or department.
After the class session each week, we will visit prospects for our class. The Team Leader will present the Gospel to those who need and express interest in hearing, and you watch and listen to what we call the F.A.I.T.H. Visit Outline. We also make ministry visits to our class members as the need arises. We usually visit for about an hour and 15 minutes.
We then return to the church for what we call Celebration Time. This is when teams report the results of their visits.
During the week, at your own time and pace, you will have Home Study Assignments to supplement what you are learning in the classroom and from visits. This personal time will help you journal your experience and focus on ways God is helping you in your journey of faith.Who?
This question brings us back to YOU. How will YOU commit to serving God through this exciting Sunday School discipleship strategy?
F.A.I.T.H. VISIT OUTLINE PREPARATION
- Church experience/background
- Sunday school testimony
- Evangelistic testimony
- Key Question: In your personal opinion, what do you understand it takes for a person to go to heaven?
- Transition Statement: I'd like to share with you how the Bible answers this question, if it is all right. There is a word that can be used to answer this question: FAITH (spell out on fingers).
"F" is for FORGIVENESS. We cannot have eternal life and heaven without God's forgiveness.
In Him [Jesus], we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (Ephesians 1:7a)
"A" is for AVAILABLE. Forgiveness is available.
Forgiveness is available for all...
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
...but not automatic.
Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord," shall enter the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 7:21a)
"I" is for IMPOSSIBLE. It is impossible for God to allow sin into heaven.
- God is love. (John 3:16)
- God is just. "For judgment is without mercy" (James 2:13a).
- Man is sinful. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23).
Question: But how can a sinful person enter heaven, where God allows no sin?
"T" is for TURN.
Question: If you were driving down the road and someone asked you to turn, what would s/he be asking you do to? To change direction.
To turn means to repent.
- TURN from something—from sin and self. "But unless you repent you will all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3b).
- TURN to Someone—trust Christ only. The Bible tells us that "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures" (1 Corinthians 15:3b–4).
"If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)
"H" is for HEAVEN
Heaven is eternal life:
- Here. "I have come that they have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10b).
- Hereafter. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:3).
- How? How can a person have God's forgiveness, heaven and eternal life, and Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? Explain based on leaflet picture, F.A.I.T.H. (Forsaking All I Trust Him) and Romans 10:9.
Understanding what we have shared, would you like to receive this forgiveness by trusting in Christ as your personal Savior and Lord?