Sunday, September 25, 2016

Week 3: Becoming Aware of Our Glasses

This week's conversation is the third in a series where we're laying out the critical elements that we will build on in the coming months. We dug a little deeper into the concept of worldviews. Next week, we'll begin applying these ideas to conversations with our OIKOS.


Video coming soon!

Key Themes:
  • Worldview of American culture
  • Key worldview questions
  
Further Discussion:

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Week 2: Living in an Age of Transition

This week we're discussing some of the major challenges to reach people in our OIKOS, including students and young adults. We introduced the concept of worldviews.



Key Themes:
  • Who's in your OIKOS?
  • Why do young adults leave the church?
  • What is good and bad in our culture? in the Christian worldview? 
  
Further Conversation:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Week 1: Class Introduction

We're kicking off a new year. We'll be exploring how to reach those God has strategically and supernaturally placed in our lives with the Gospel.


Key Themes:
  • Questions people in your OIKOS (and possibly you) are asking.
  • What faith related questions do you struggle with?
  • What questions do you dread unbelievers asking? 
  • John 20 (Thomas)
  • 2 Cor. 5; being "ministers of reconciliation" and an "ambassador" of the Gospel   

Further Conversation:

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Week 6, Part 2: Analytical People in Your OIKOS

Many of us have analytical or scientifically oriented people in our OIKOS. And they can be very challenging to reach with the Gospel. This week we discuss some strategies for faith conversations with people like this.


Key Themes:
  • How can we talk to analytical people about God?
  • Practical steps to conversation and outreach
  • What's the difference between the natural mind (Rom. 8) and the transformed mind (Rom. 12:1–2)?   

Further Conversation (in-class handouts):

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Week 5, Part 1: Listening to the Holy Spirit in Ministry Contexts

This week, we spent some more time talking about the importance of hearing from the Holy Spirit in ministry situations. 


Key Themes:
  • Brief review of key themes of the class 
  • How were people "saved" in the book of Acts (early church)?
  • Listening to the Holy Spirit: application in ministry situations, obstacles (fear, pride)   

Ministry Application:
  • OIKOS reports
  • Robert gives a report about his experience praying for several people last week at Mercy Gate
  • Tom Fischer ministers to "Manny" at his "cardboard box church"

Activation:
  • Gospel presentation practice

    Week 5, Part 2: Catholics in Your OIKOS

    Many of us have Roman Catholics or Orthodox people in our OIKOS. This week we discuss some strategies for faith conversations with members of these other two branches of Christianity.  


    Key Themes:
    • Are Catholics Christians?
    • Practical steps to conversation and outreach
    • What's the difference between Catholics/Orthodox and Protestants?   

    Further Conversation:
    • Further thoughts on the question: What's the difference between Catholics/Orthodox and Protestants?