Susan Spoon taught on Sunday, August 24. The video and listening guide from Susan’s lesson, followed by the scripture, are below.
Core Lesson (Susan Spoon)
“Witnessing” (aka “Sharing Hope”)
Romans 10:8-15; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
How well do you know the gospel? Better than you know sports statistics, movie lines and song lyrics?
Could you share the gospel message at the drop of a hat?
Are you comfortable presenting the facts of your own faith?
Perhaps the word “witnessing” doesn’t seem natural to you. Think of it this way: if you trust Christ as your Lord and Savior, you experience hope.
How many people do you encounter every day who are lacking hope or peace?
Is it an inner conflict, a deeply-rooted fear, or a strong stubbornness that keeps you from freely sharing hope, hopefulness and the peace of your faith?
Romans 10:8-15New International Version (NIV)
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[a] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[b] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[c]
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”[d]
1 Corinthians 15:1-8New International Version (NIV)
The Resurrection of Christ
15 Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmlyto the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sinsaccording to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.