J. Marcus Merritt, D.Min. Director of Church Minister

J. Marcus Merritt, D.Min. Director of Church Minister

J. Marcus Merritt, D.Min. Director of Church Minister Relations Georgia Baptist Mission Board LESSON 2: How iShare In Acts 22 and 26 the Apostle Paul tells his redemption story. Both times his testimony was divided into 3 separate categories: 1. His former life (before he met

Christ) 2. How he met Christ 3. How his life changed met Christ) (after he Pauls Story Pauls story in Acts 22: His Former Life vs. 1-5 How He Met Christ vs.

6-10 How His Life Has Changed vs. 13-16 Pauls Story Pauls story in Acts 26: His Former Life vs. 1-11 How He Met Christ vs. 12- 18 How His Life Has Changed

vs. 19-23 And that is our pattern as well Sharing Your Story Involves: My Life Before I met Christ How I Met Christ

My life now 1. My Life Before I Met Christ: Before meeting Christ I..

Felt guilty and ashamed Had no purpose or direction Lived a meaningless life Felt disconnected from God Tried to earn Gods favor & love Felt empty inside People of any age relate to these feelings Since I was saved at a young age, my Before section sounds like this:

Even though I had always attended church and tried to be a good person, there came a point in my life when I had to admit that something was missing. I had no peace in my life. I felt totally disconnected from God-like my prayers werent getting any higher than my head. I felt guilty all the time and began wondering what would happen to me if I died that way.

2. How I Met Christ One day I discovered that: 1. My problem was that I am a sinner in fact everybody is (Rom. 3:23) 2. Sin separates us from God now and forever (Isa. 59:2, Rom.6:23a)

3. We cant fix the sin problem by trying to be good (Isa. 64:6, Titus 3:5, Eph. 2:8-9) 2. How I Met Christ 4. Jesus died & arose to solve our sin problem (Rom. 5:6-8, Col. 2:14) 5. God wants us to TURN from our sin [repent] (Acts 2:38, 2 Cor. 7:10)

6. And TRUST Christ alone to forgive and save us from our sins forever (John 3:16, Rom. 10:9-11) For whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved - Rom. 10:13 SO I PRAYED SOMETHING LIKE THIS Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I am sorry for that. I believe that Jesus died on the

cross for my sin and then arose. Please forgive me for all of my sins and help me turn from them. I now confess you as my Lord and Savior and trust you alone for my salvation. Thank you for the free gift of eternal life. Amen 3. My Life Now: I am NOT perfect, but I have Peace,.

because I am Forgiven. My life has Purpose and Meaning. Im part of Gods forever-Family. I can pray to God & He Hears me! I Live my life On Mission. Close with an illustration of Gods Grace Since that day, my life has not been perfect. I have failed God many times. But I know that I

am Gods child and that he put me here for a reason. I now go to church to worship and to fellowship and to grow in my relationship with Christ. I no longer go to try to score points with God or just to appease my conscience. During the greatest trial of my life, Christ was with me and gave me peace. One afternoon my fathers Harley was struck head-on by a passing car almost right in front of my house. Even though he was killed instantly, I had a peace that passes all understanding. Because both he and I have trusted Christ to forgive

and save us, I knew we would be together again someday. The Final Step Give them an opportunity to respond. Repeat the sinners prayer to them and ask: Is that what youd like to say to God? Would you like to call upon God right now and receive His forgiveness

and His gift of eternal life? Some final thoughts 1. Protect the integrity of the Gospel. Guard against easy believe-ism. Make sure the person you are sharing with has a basic understanding of repentance and faith and that their decision to follow Christ will fundamentally change their lives.

Dr. J. Marcus Merritt State Missionary Director of Church Minister Relations Georgia Baptist Mission Board [email protected]

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