Maybe you’ve been told, "I'm glad you've found your way to God but everyone finds him in different places and religions." So how do you share the gospel with someone who believes that God is present in all of nature? What do you say when your friend visualizes “God” as a spiritual force or energy rather than as a person? In a world where “spirituality” has become popular and a knowledge of God has all but disappeared, how do you share the good news of Jesus Christ? Even the Western world has been influenced by cultures that believe in many gods.
By This Name explains the Bible’s core message to people who have no knowledge about the Bible. Using the architecture of the gospel of John, the book clearly sets apart the God of the Bible from all the other gods. It establishes the authority of Scripture and gently compares the biblical worldview to eastern worldviews. It ties together key Old and New Testament stories to reveal the identity of God and the nature of sin, with the aim to answer two questions: “Who is Jesus?” and “What is the story of the cross and the tomb all about?” It helps a person understand clearly what the Bible is all about.
By This Name follows a similar chronological structure to The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus but is 60 per cent different in content.
Also available: eBook edition
Posted by Mike Bradley on 19th Oct 2016
We are just beginning to use By this Name ... a unique interactive study. Our group is young and mature Christians and they are learning about the Christian faith and/or being reminded ... perhaps filling in 'knowledge' blanks but also finding a new way to express what they believe in a way post moderns might understand. We are still open to invited seekers into our groups but if not we will run this again using a few from our startup groups (men's & ladies') to teach it again specifically with their unsaved friends ... at least that is our goal.
The material is very simple but thorough ... answering many questions about the Christian faith needed to begin a life with Jesus. The presentation style of reading through the book together as a group ... using ocassional supporting DVD clips ... and then having a Quiz as a fun way to review each session ... makes the time pass quickly and interestly with great teaching dynamics.
Posted by Denver Michael Cullybackey Elim Church on 25th Jul 2016
Excellent material to teach. It is well laid out and thoughtfully put together. I would recommend this material to any group.