3 Circles Session 4: The Invitation- Follow Up

Over the last 3 videos, we have been working through what Scroggins calls T-G-I: Transition, Gospel, and Invitation.  This weeks part is over how to issue a gospel invitation.  It only makes sense that once you share the gospel with someone you would then want to invite them to believe it, confess it, and repent.  He says we don't want to just pass along gospel information, but we also want to issue a gospel invitation.  This is part of our mission.  In 2 Corinthians 5:18-20, the Apostle Paul says that we, as believers, have been give the ministry of reconciliation.  God has committed to us this ministry.  We are his ambassadors thought which God is making the appeal to all to become reconciled to Himself.  What a blessing that is.  Every time we share the gospel, we are fulfilling this ministry given to us.  We are calling people to trust Christ and be reconciled to God.  Sharing the gospel is so much more than passing along information.  It is being an obedient ambassador with

3 Circles Session 3: Transition to the Gospel- Follow Up

Last week we focused on the Gospel circle.  We learned that the 3 main components of the gospel the must be shared is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  This week we learn how to have a well-planned transition to the Gospel.  Before getting to transitions, Scroggins says that the 3 Circles works best when two things happen 1. We make it a point to build relationships with far from God people.  Yes, you can and should share the gospel with strangers, but more often than not sharing with someone you have built a relationship with will have better results.  So we are challenged to pray for and seek out relationships with far from God people. 2. 3 Circles works best when someone who is far from God shares a problem, issue, or concern with you.  The door to transition to the Gospel is wide open when someone you have built a relationship with shares their burdens and concerns with you. Scroggins says that the brokenness of the world gives us opportunities to transition to

3 Circles Session 2- The Gospel Follow-Up

Last week's lesson was an overview of 3 Circles.  This week Scroggins dialed in on the "Gospel" circle.  Many people when asked what is the gospel would give an incomplete answer.  Scroggins in this video shared a story about preaching in the markets of the Phillipines as a young grad student.  He was confident in his ability to share the gospel.  But he was reminded by a mentor that in preaching the gospel to the people of the Phillipines that afternoon he had left out a very crucial part, the resurrection. Scroggins reminds us that we must share the whole gospel.  He mentions that there are three components you absolutely can't leave out when sharing the gospel: the death, burial, and the resurrection of Jesus.  There are many ways you can share the gospel, and many passages of Scripture that can help, but it is not the full gospel without including the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.  He shows in this video a very effective way of sharing the gospel. 

3 Circles Session 1 Follow-UP

For those of you who have chosen to use this time away from our regular gatherings to learn 3 Circles, I hope you were blessed by session 1.  Jimmy Scroggins, the facilitator in the video, is pastor of Family Church, an SBC church in West Palm Beach, FL.  He mentions 3 things in particular in the session 1 video that we need to focus on and be passionate about as believers. 1. We must be passionate about reaching those far from God.  The lost are all around us, and they are all over the world.  What I love about 3 Circles is that it is a tool you can use to share the gospel with your neighbor, and it is just as effective in the remotest parts of the world sharing the gospel with those who have never heard of Jesus.  The 3 Circles is just a tool. I pray that God would give us a heart to reach those far from Him with the Good News. 2. We must devote time to focused prayer.  All of us have prayer time, hopefully, in our groups each time we meet.  We pray for many things: jobs, sicknes

3 Circles Training Videos and Study Guide

Dear FBC Dickson Adult SS Leaders, Covid-19 has changed the way the church has to do a lot of things during this time.  This includes the way we do Sunday school and small groups.  Since our church is in a season of emphasizing one-on-one evangelism, I thought this would be a great time to post an online study we can all do together.  This is a 6 session training series on The 3 Circles evangelism.  This is the way we are currently training all FBC Dickson missionaries to share the gospel.  We do not know how long we will not be able to meet, but I wanted to go ahead and make all the videos available to you.  Each week, I will make a post regarding that previous Sunday's video and lesson.  Below you will see a link to each video along with a link to the study guide.  We obviously can't meet, so some components of the study guide will be irrelevant, but I hope at least this can help you understand 3 Circles and how to use it.  You will also see some assignments in the guide, a

Teaching for Transformation: How the Gospel Makes People Whole

As a minister of education, Romans 12:2 is the verse I base my ministry around.  It reads "Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God".  I believe, with all my heart, that the Gospel has a transformative effect on the life of the believer.  We are people of the Word because we believe it is the Word that changes us.  God's Spirit works in a supernatural way, through Scripture, to renew us from the inside out. That is why it is so vital that all Sunday school and small group ministries are centered on the Gospel.  I hope to in the coming weeks write more about how the Gospel makes people whole, and how we as preachers and teachers can better lean on the Gospel to bring about transformation in our people.  God's will after all is not that His people would be conformed to the world, but that they would be renewed and transformed by His word.  As we stand b

3 Ways to Identify and Confront False Teaching

      False teaching about Jesus and false gospels have been around since the dawn of Christianity in the 1st century.  It was a major part of the ministry of the Apostles.  Along with laying the theological foundations of the faith and exhorting the church to walk in obedience to the gospel, the Apostles had to help the early church identify and combat false teaching.  Some of the early church heresies were gnosticism,  the thought and practice especially of various cults of late pre-Christian and early Christian centuries distinguished by the conviction that matter is evil and that emancipation comes through  gnosis (knowledge).  The gnostics denied or minimized the humanity of Christ.  There was also Arianism which was    an influential heresy denying the divinity of Christ, originating with the Alexandrian priest Arius (  c. 250–  c.  336). Arianism maintained that the Son of God was created by the Father and was therefore neither coeternal with the Father, nor consubstantia l (o