How do most non-believers view Christians today? Do they see evidence of a life that stands for something larger than the accumulation of material goods and self-fulfillment, one that has purpose, direction, and invites exploration? Or do they see nothing that makes being a Christian particularly appealing?
We live in a time when calling ourselves Christians demands not only that we privately hold to a set of beliefs, but that we live out those beliefs in such a way that others want to know what makes us different. A life that demonstrates, identifies with, and stands for the truth of the gospel, regardless of personal cost, will have a contagious effect on those who are exposed to it.
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SCRIPTURE: Daniel 3:8-30; Matthew 5:13-16; Romans 12:1-2; James 2:14-26; Hebrews 12:1-7
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
—Teaching point one: A vibrant gospel lifestyle is one that demonstrates involvement in the lives of others.
—Teaching point two: A vibrant gospel lifestyle is one that clearly identifies with Christ.
—Teaching point three: A vibrant gospel lifestyle is one that is willing to pay the price to do what is right.
• Apply Your Findings
• Recommended Resources
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "Singing in the Chains" by Mark Buchanan (February 2008)
You may also purchase this study as a part of our six-session course Is Our Gospel Too Small?.
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