The Point: The victory we have in Jesus is too big to keep to ourselves.
Get Into the Study
Use this story to introduce the importance of boldness in proclaiming the gospel.
Who is Fred Douglas? That’s a question that’s been confusing some Nashville, TN, residents for decades. In the 1930’s, the city opened a park with the sign, “Fred Douglas Park.” Although that name brings to mind famed abolitionist and orator Frederick Douglass (with 2 S’s), no one could figure out whom the park was actually supposed to be honoring.
The mystery is finally being put to rest. Historians have searched for a noteworthy Fred Douglas and come up empty-handed. They have now concluded that the park was in fact named in recognition of the famous Frederick Douglass. Possibly just a typo, the signage at the park has fallen short of its purpose: to honor Douglass.
Prominent Nashville historian David Ewing suspects the park’s original name was left vague on purpose. Reportedly, the idea of naming a government park after a black man in the 1930’s caused some backlash. Instead of abandoning the name all together, it appears the city moved forward with a quiet opening and ambiguous spelling. Historians suspect that the city was trying to appease some while not offending others. In doing so, the meaning of the park’s name was lost for almost a century.
As Christians, we are called to honor Jesus and share His name with others. If we seek to avoid offending people at all costs, however, we’ll risk being too timid in proclaiming the victory of Jesus. Our efforts will cause confusion more than anything else.
Thankfully, we have nothing to be timid about. The victory we have in Jesus is too big to keep to ourselves.
— Nikki Wilbanks is a stay-at- home mom, writer, Bible study leader, and commercial real estate appraiser/investor. She graduated from Pepperdine University, and lives with her husband and two children in Murfreesboro, TN.
Get Into the Study
To enhance the discussion of the opening question, play some of the more popular jingles or ads group members might be familiar with. Examples can be found at Top 10 Advertising Jingles Of All Time. Emphasize that ad campaigns aim to share a message and get viewers to act on it. [This idea supports the group plan in Bible Studies for Life: KJV Adult.]
Study the Bible
Use the following information to supplement Question #5.
Begin by sharing the following news story:
On February 12, 2017, a North American record for wind power was set in the Great Plains states. On that date, for the first time ever, more than half the region’s electricity was produced by wind power or wind energy. In this region, that stretches from Montana to the Texas panhandle, 52.1 percent of the power was produced by wind turbines installed across those states.
Say: Although wind can be harnessed and used as a powerful source of energy, there is a power greater than “wind power” – and it’s the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
Then read Question #5 (How have you experienced the power of the Holy Spirit when sharing the gospel?)(PSG p. 74) and invite volunteers to respond to the question.
Information for this post was gleaned from here:
— Donna McKinney wrote this Leader Extra. Donna is retired from a career with the federal government of the United States. She is a veteran Bible study group leader living in North Carolina.
What’s one of your favorite things to share?
What’s your favorite way to share good news?
Who do you call first when you receive good news?
How has your study of the Old Testament contributed to your understanding of who Jesus is?
Why is it important to understand that all of Scripture points to Jesus?
Why is it important that we fully understand Jesus’ identity as God’s Son and the Messiah?
How would you summarize the grand story of Scripture for an unbeliever?
Why is the message of repentance and forgiveness of sins always relevant?
Where do you see the gospel message being proclaimed in your community?
What difference has Jesus’ death and resurrection made in your own life?
What is a witness? How is a witness different than a judge, attorney, or jury?
How are we, like these early disciples, witnesses of Jesus’ death and resurrection?
Does talking about your personal experience with Jesus make it easier or harder to share the gospel?
What is it about your relationship with Jesus that you’d like other people to know?
Share the following with your group members as either a devotional before the group study or as a follow-up devotional:
Here’s a brief five-minute teaching video about this session: Victory, Session 6