To help apply this lesson, remind the men that even though they may have a personal relationship with Christ, they also need to share the gospel with others. Note that sharing faith involves building intentional relationships with lost people—not to make them targets, but to display Christ’s love.
Ask the men in your group to think about how many relationships they currently have with lost individuals. Discuss what might hold them back from forming meaningful relationships with more unbelievers. Then share the information from the Christianity Today article, The Craziest Statistic You’ll Read About North American Missions
Highlight the following truths from the article:
- Almost 20 percent of unbelievers in America say they don’t know a Christian. The number would be higher if atheists and agnostics—who are more likely to know believers—were excluded.
- Immigration brings many unbelievers to America, but they are hesitant to reach outside their group. Believers must be willing to reach into those groups to build relationships.
- Jeff Christopherson of the North American Mission Board says many believers live in “evangelical ghettos” where we surround ourselves only with people who are like us.
- Quote from missiologist and researcher Todd Johnson: “The United States is a very strategic place for people to interact. It’s ironic in a place with all the freedoms to interact that people don’t do it.”
Encourage men to evaluate whether they have accepted God’s gift of salvation and whether they are committed to sharing that gift with others. Challenge them to consider ways they could start showing God’s love and sharing faith through intentional relationships.
- Substitute the following question for Question 2 in the Personal Study Guide: Why did God have to provide salvation apart from the law? Why was the law not sufficient?
- Substitute the following question for Question 4 in the Personal Study Guide: What does God’s restraint say about His character and His love for sinners?
Talk back to us! What is the most meaningful relationship you have with an unbeliever? What are some steps you think are effective in nurturing deeper relationships with lost people?
The options for men for the Do Over unit were written by Bob Bunn. Bob helps develop stewardship curriculum and resources for churches for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. He is the author of Indelible Parenting, a four week study for parents based on Deuteronomy 6. He and his wife, Mary, live in Nashville with their three teenagers.