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How to Respond to A Bible Study Interest

饾悋饾惃饾惏 饾惌饾惃 饾惉饾惍饾悳饾悳饾悶饾惉饾惉饾悷饾惍饾惀饾惀饾惒 饾悵饾惃 饾悗饾惍饾惌饾惈饾悶饾悮饾悳饾悺 饾悮饾惂饾悵 饾悂饾悽饾悰饾惀饾悶 饾悞饾惌饾惍饾悵饾悽饾悶饾惉:

饾悋饾惃饾惏 饾惌饾惃 饾悜饾悶饾惉饾惄饾惃饾惂饾悵 饾惌饾惃 饾悂饾悽饾悰饾惀饾悶 饾悅饾惃饾惁饾惁饾悶饾惂饾惌饾惉 饾悮饾惂饾悵 饾悙饾惍饾悶饾惉饾惌饾悽饾惃饾惂饾惉

(This is not a comprehensive list but can be effective during seminars and personal/group Bible studies and in personal evangelism)

>Your success will not depend so much upon your knowledge and accomplishments, as your ability to find your way to the heart with the Holy Spirit's help!

>Remember: Questions reveal what people are thinking and objections demonstrate their deep interest in the topic. Questions need not be feared, they are doorways into hearts and minds. Objections are God's way of revealing what is in the heart of the one who objects. Questions are God's way of clearing up misunderstandings. Don't argue or try to answer excuses as excuses are evidence the person is in the valley of decision. Your response can be a simple "Why?"

~~Always leave the person approachable for another time/visit and be attentive to a person's growth level as to when they are ready for the next level.

>Avoid the "I'm the teacher, you're the student" attitude. Take the, "Let us see what we can learn together" attitude. Do not pose as a Bible authority. This will help them to feel at ease with you.

>Avoid lengthy answers. Often we attempt to prove too much. A succinct answer is much better.

饾悊饾悢饾悎饾悆饾悇饾悑饾悎饾悕饾悇饾悞:

~~Never introduce ideas for which the student does not have sufficient background and is not prepared to receive.

~~Do not ask for a major decision until your prospective member has sufficient information to enable him or her to make an intelligent decision.

~~Remember, people can get too much, too fast, without time to assimilate it. Often, this leads to spiritual confusion and leads them to avoid making a decision regarding what they have learned.

~~Don't argue. Just say "The Lord certainly has an answer. Trust Him. He will never ask you to do the impossible." (this is appropriate for a person who is concerned about a job loss regarding working/not working on the Sabbath). OR:

~~This is not my idea. This is Jesus talking to you through His written Word. You belong to Him. Just ask Him what to do. I'm here to encourage you and myself to do His will.

~~You can ask "What is the Bible actually saying?" OR:

"What is God saying to me/us through this scripture?"

** If there is a wrong answer, never say, "That's wrong."

路 You are not only looking for right answers, you are trying to win hearts.

路 Say kindly, "We seem to have different thoughts on that question. Would you mind sharing that text with us again?"

路 The Bible interest will usually see the right answer immediately.

~~You can say "You know, that's such a good question that its going to take more time than I have in class tonight to answer it well. Can we get together sometime in the next couple of days so I can answer your question more fully? (This can be appropriate if a person has missed some of the presentations).

~~If the topic has not yet been presented, you can say "thank you for asking the question. I greatly appreciate your openness. That subject is so important that (2) weeks from today we will devote an entire presentation to it." I know you won't want to miss that particular presentation."

~~In asking questions that bring conviction, we must be careful not to judge others prematurely. To avoid this we constantly will ask:

路 "can you see that this is God's will?"

路 "can you see that this is the direction that God wants you to go?"

路 "is it clear to you that if you follow 'this', you'll be pleasing to Jesus?"

~~If a person insists on asking what you believe about a sensitive issue, tactfully throw the question back gently. Say "would you like to share what you believe?" Your response at this point should be short by saying "that is interesting."

~~If you're not sure if a person has asked Christ into their hearts for a personal relationship, you will want to ask when the timing is right "have you ever given your life to Christ?' If the individual is hesitant, you may want to say "It seems like something is keeping you from moving forward. Can you name the thing that's holding you back?"

饾悞饾悗饾悓饾悇 饾悓饾悗饾悜饾悇 饾悊饾悇饾悕饾悇饾悜饾悁饾悑 饾悜饾悇饾悞饾悘饾悗饾悕饾悞饾悇饾悞:

~~"Thank you for that question. I'm sure others are asking the same thing in their mind."

~~ "I think I can understand why you feel that way."

~~ "Thank you so much for your honesty."

~~ "Thank you for that question. It's a very good question. Many people have said similar things before. Let me be sure I understand you. Your basic concern is鈥 " (this series of responses will give the presenter a split-second opportunity for the Holy Spirit to impress you with the answer to the question.

~~ "Is the truth about the Sabbath plain to you?"

~~ "If all you had was your Bible, would the Sabbath be clear to you?"

~~ "Do you have any questions regarding the Bible Sabbath?"

~~ "Are there any particular texts that trouble you?"

~~ "Is there any good reason you could not begin keeping the Bible Sabbath?"

~~If a person says "Why can't I keep Sunday to honor the resurrection?" Your response should be:

Jesus has already given us something to honor the resurrection. Colossians 2:12. Matthew 15:9. You don't want to worship Jesus in vain do you?"

饾悅饾悁饾悑饾悑饾悎饾悕饾悊 饾悈饾悗饾悜 饾悁 饾悆饾悇饾悅饾悎饾悞饾悎饾悗饾悕 饾悡饾悗 饾悐饾悇饾悇饾悘 饾悡饾悋饾悇 饾悞饾悁饾悂饾悂饾悁饾悡饾悋:

When it's the right timing, base the appeal on love for Jesus, the Word of Jesus, and the blessings promised. Ask for a specific, definite action to be carried out without delay.

饾悇饾悧饾悘饾悜饾悇饾悞饾悞饾悎饾悕饾悊 饾悅饾悗饾悕饾悈饾悎饾悆饾悇饾悕饾悅饾悇, 饾悁饾悞饾悐 饾悇饾悧饾悘饾悇饾悅饾悡饾悁饾悕饾悡饾悑饾悩:

鈥淛ohn, you have said that it is clear that Saturday is the Lord's Day.

"You've given your heart to Jesus. I know you love Him more than anything, Isn't that right?

"Because Jesus says [to you] in John 14:15 'If you love Me keep my commandments,' I'm sure you want to keep all His commandments, including the Sabbath.

"As we have studied in Isaiah 58:13, 14 and elsewhere, He longs to bless you for doing it.

"Therefore, I'm sure you do not want to delay in doing it. David said in Psalms 119:59, 60 [read it] 'I thought on my ways鈥 and delayed not to keep thy commandments.'

"So, because you love Jesus, He asked you to keep His Sabbath and receive His special blessing, why don't you let me pick you up at 9:00 a.m. this Sabbath morning?"

(close with a prayer of thanks and, ask him if he would like to thank God for helping him decide).

饾悅饾悁饾悑饾悑饾悎饾悕饾悊 饾悈饾悗饾悜 饾悁 饾悆饾悇饾悅饾悎饾悞饾悎饾悗饾悕 饾悡饾悗 饾悂饾悇 饾悂饾悁饾悘饾悡饾悎饾悪饾悇饾悆:

(MAKE A DIRECT PERSONAL APPEAL)

~~ Ask, "Have you ever studied the topic of baptism by immersion before?"

~~ "Have you been baptized by immersion?"

(If the answer is "No," ) say,

"I'm sure the example and desire of Jesus is clear, isn't it? And you want to follow Him in this important matter. Isn't that right?"

I'm so happy for your decision! "

"We are planning a baptism on (date) and on (date). Which of those dates are best for you?"

--Close with a prayer of gratitude. Then make plans to stay close to your new family member and see to it that you or a mature fellow believer of same persuasion in truth mentors and trains him/her to be a soul winner with you!

饾悎饾惂 饾悞饾惍饾惁饾惁饾悮饾惈饾惒, whenever it is evident that a person is ready to make a decision, encourage him/her to make the decision. If you need assistance, ask your pastor or a experienced person to assist you, Also, continue to pray for the new member.

饾悞饾悗饾悓饾悇 饾悘饾悜饾悎饾悕饾悅饾悎饾悘饾悑饾悇饾悞 饾悗饾悈 饾悥饾悗饾悜饾悐饾悎饾悕饾悊 饾悈饾悗饾悜 饾悓饾悎饾悞饾悞饾悎饾悕饾悊 饾悁饾悕饾悆 饾悈饾悗饾悜饾悓饾悇饾悜 饾悓饾悇饾悓饾悂饾悇饾悜饾悞: 饾悘饾惈饾悮饾惒 饾悈饾悽饾惈饾惉饾惌.(饾悆饾惃饾惂'饾惌 饾悡饾悮饾悿饾悶 饾悞饾悽饾悵饾悶饾惉).

(1)our duty is to help meet their needs, win their friendship and confidence, not to argue with them or correct them. (2)if the person shows apprehension or resistance, you can say "I'm really sorry for whatever anyone may have done or said to hurt or let you down." (3)begin your conversation with the 饾悈饾悗饾悜饾悡* method: 饾悈amily, 饾悗ccupation, 饾悜eligion, 饾悡estimony. (4)you can ask" Would you mind sharing what caused you to become inactive, I am really interested in knowing." You can then respond "I'm sorry to hear that. (5)leave a booklet, etc. that will speak to their hearts from the Word and try to arrange more visits. Pray with them if they鈥檙e comfortable in you leading out.

* 饾悈饾悗饾悜饾悡 饾悓饾悶饾惌饾悺饾惃饾悵 饾悇饾惐饾惄饾惀饾悮饾悽饾惂饾悶饾悵 饾悽饾惂 饾悆饾悶饾惌饾悮饾悽饾惀 (see below)

饾悞饾悗饾悓饾悇 饾悈饾悎饾悕饾悁饾悑 饾悡饾悋饾悗饾悢饾悊饾悋饾悡饾悞:

Let us remember, Jesus said all the right words in all the right ways at all the right times and people still said no to Jesus. This will happen to us as Jesus' disciples (John 15:18-21; **John 12:48 **).

When people ask about our denomination affiliation, respond by saying:

鈥淥ur purpose is to get people to study the Bible for themselves and not from any church or tradition of man's teaching but to get your answers from the Bible, alone. We must let God remove Babylon and her traditions out of our hearts.鈥

饾悋饾悗饾悥 饾悡饾悗 饾悋饾悁饾悕饾悆饾悑饾悇 饾悂饾悎饾悂饾悑饾悇 饾悞饾悡饾悢饾悆饾悩 饾悎饾悕饾悡饾悇饾悜饾悇饾悞饾悡饾悞:

饾悩饾惃饾惍饾惈 饾悋饾惃饾惁饾悶/饾悆饾惃饾惃饾惈 饾悤饾悽饾惉饾悽饾惌 饾悁饾惄饾惄饾惈饾惃饾悮饾悳饾悺 饾惌饾惃 饾悁 饾悎饾惂饾惌饾悶饾惈饾悶饾惉饾惌 饾惌饾悺饾悮饾惌 饾悺饾悮饾惉 饾惈饾悶饾惇饾惍饾悶饾惉饾惌饾悶饾悵 饾悂饾悽饾悰饾惀饾悶 饾惉饾惌饾惍饾悵饾悽饾悶饾惉

饾悐饾悶饾惒 饾悞饾惌饾悮饾惌饾悶饾惁饾悶饾惂饾惌饾惉/?'饾惉 For Me 饾悗饾惂 饾悓饾惒 饾悈饾悽饾惈饾惉饾惌 & 饾悈饾惃饾惀饾惀饾惃饾惏 饾悢饾惄 饾悤饾悽饾惉饾悽饾惌饾惉

饾悗饾惂 饾悈饾悽饾惈饾惉饾惌 饾悤饾悽饾惉饾悽饾惌, at the door, say:

Hi, my name is_______ and I'm a study leader with _______________. You requested free Bible study resources from us and we're here to drop them off and explain how they work. It will only take a minute or two. Offer and encourage the individual a option to do the study with you and others, such as a spouse, friend, etc.

Okay, the way the personal study option works is that you'll complete one study a week. Then next week when we stop by, we'll verify that you completed last week's study. (and DVD, etc. if applicable). There's a lot of cost involved in offering these resources for free, so we just want to be sure that people are actually doing the studies before we give them more. So here's your first study (and DVD, etc. if applicable).

饾悤饾悇饾悜饾悩 饾悎饾悓饾悘饾悗饾悜饾悡饾悁饾悕饾悡: Before leaving the home, ask the study interest what day and time is best for them for your weekly study drop-off.

饾悗饾惂 饾悈饾惃饾惀饾惀饾惃饾惏-饾悢饾惄 饾悤饾悽饾惉饾悽饾惌, at the door, say:

Hi, we are stopping by to see how you did with your Bible study this week. Were you able to complete the study?

饾悕饾悗饾悡饾悇: If the study Interest has not completed the study, say,

That's ok. We'll just hold on to your next study and drop by again next week. Try to complete them before we stop by next week. We truly believe you'll be blessed!

If the study interest says "yes," that the study has been completed, say,

Awesome! Would you mind getting it for us, that would be great! Upon verifying their completion, present to him/her their next study and any other applicable resource.

饾悕饾悗饾悡饾悇: If after three tries, the study interest has still not completed that week's study, provide a phone number and/or email that he or she can contact once the studies have been completed. Still follow up occasionally on your Bible Interest without pressuring him/her. Continue to pray for your interest.

Caution: Always take with you, one who is of the same gender of sex as your interest

饾悎饾悕 饾悅饾悁饾悑饾悑饾悎饾悕饾悊 饾悈饾悗饾悜 饾悆饾悇饾悅饾悎饾悞饾悎饾悗饾悕饾悞 饾悡饾悋饾悜饾悗饾悢饾悊饾悋 饾悁 饾悂饾悎饾悂饾悑饾悇 饾悞饾悡饾悢饾悆饾悩 饾悥饾悎饾悡饾悋 饾悞饾悗饾悓饾悇饾悗饾悕饾悇, 饾悜饾悇饾悞饾悘饾悗饾悕饾悆:

1. Do you understand this Truth? Is it clear to you?

2. Are you ready to commit to obeying God in this Truth?

3. Is there something that's holding you back? Would you mind sharing it with me?

A. If the person is still non-committal, get them involved in church activities that don't require church membership nor violates church policy. As a result from this association, they may eventually make a decision in the Truth and in church membership!

*饾悈饾悗饾悜饾悡 饾悓饾悶饾惌饾悺饾惃饾悵 饾悇饾惐饾惄饾惀饾悮饾悽饾惂饾悶饾悵 饾悽饾惂 饾悆饾悶饾惌饾悮饾悽饾惀

饾悋饾惃饾惏 饾悵饾惃 饾惒饾惃饾惍 饾惉饾惌饾悮饾惈饾惌 饾悮 饾悳饾惃饾惂饾惎饾悶饾惈饾惉饾悮饾惌饾悽饾惃饾惂 饾惏饾悽饾惌饾悺 饾惉饾惃饾惁饾悶饾惃饾惂饾悶

that you want to share the gospel with? I know that I鈥檝e found it hard to keep a conversation going that I鈥檝e started. That鈥檚 why I鈥檝e found the 饾悈饾悗饾悜饾悡 饾惁饾悶饾惌饾悺饾惃饾悵 to be very helpful in starting and keeping conversations. You can find out a lot about a person in just a few questions. FORT is an acronym that stands for Family, Occupation, Religion, Testimony.

饾悈饾悮饾惁饾悽饾惀饾惒鈥 This is the first thing that is easiest to talk to people about. People are at ease talking about themselves or their family. Make sure to learn the person鈥檚 name and use it! Someone has said that the sweetest word in the human language is the name of the person you are talking about. Talk to the person about himself and his family. He will know that you are interested to learn about various interests that he has. Get them to tell you where they were born, how many children they have, and where they live. This will relax them and divert their minds from the fear of you and your mission. They will feel that you are truly interested in them. Ask questions such as:

How is your family doing? (look at pictures on the wall)

Do you have any children?

Are you originally from this area?

In what area were you raised?

饾悗饾悳饾悳饾惍饾惄饾悮饾惌饾悽饾惃饾惂鈥 Women will be most interested in talking about their husbands or children. If she works outside the home, she will most likely want to talk about what she does. Men will be most interested in their jobs and hobbies. Get him to talk to you about his occupation or what he does for recreation. He will warm up to telling you things that he would not have thought of telling you a few minutes before. As questions such as:

What kind of work do you do?

How long have you worked there?

What type of work did you do? (retired or unemployed)

How do you like your job?

饾悜饾悶饾惀饾悽饾悹饾悽饾惃饾惂鈥 It is helpful to find out about a person鈥檚 religious background so you can help him in his spiritual growth. You could ask, 鈥淒id you grow up in a Christian family?鈥 or 鈥淒o you attend a church in the area?鈥 These questions allow the person to start where they are most comfortable, and it will give you a religious profile of the person. This is very valuable information as you figure out if he/she is a church member, attends church, studies the Bible, etc. This will help you adapt your approach to fit his spiritual needs. Ask questions such as:

What has been your religious background?

Have you been a (Methodist) all your life?

Do you attend church?

Which church do you attend?

Does your whole family attend together?

饾悡饾悶饾惉饾惌饾悽饾惁饾惃饾惂饾惒鈥 You have the opportunity to build a bridge by which you can lead the person to begin thinking about the message of salvation that you have come to share with him. You don鈥檛 want to preach or exhort, but you can witness to your own relationship with Jesus Christ. This is NOT a time to share about the Sabbath or how you became an Adventist. It is a time to share how you came to know CHRIST. Simply, you are to share what Christ has done for you, how He has delivered you from sin, how He is your friend, etc. Try to fit your testimony to some felt need that the person with whom you have been visiting has expressed. Show them, by sharing your own experience in Christ how He has been the answer to a similar problem that you have had in your life. This will help the person want to know that same Savior who has helped you, and it will create a feeling of kinship with you as he or she identifies with your problem and the solution you found in Jesus. Here鈥檚 some suggestions on what to say:

My life before I accepted Christ was鈥

How I became a Christian鈥

My life since becoming a Christian鈥

I have recently been sharing with my friends some interesting Bible lessons that have meant much to me. May I share them with you?

(饾悕饾惃饾惌饾悶: Focus on the gospel and NOT how you became an Adventist.)

(Derived from Pastor-Elder's Training Seminar)

Gordon Yurk, Sr


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