As you read each chapter of Honest Evangelism, ask yourself the following questions.
- What stood out for you in this chapter?
- Do you identify with anything that Rico is saying? If so how?
- Did you learn / realise something you didn’t know before?
- Has this challenged you to consider your own thoughts about evangelism?
Below are some questions specific for each chapter.
- Consider how you become a Christian. What feelings did you have? Has that changed in any way now?
- Do you find it difficult to share the Gospel? If so, why?
- Can you think of a time when you crossed the “painline" to witness to someone? What happened?
- Why should we be concerned for the honour of Jesus’ name? What Scriptures reveal to us the importance of His name?
- Read Revelation 21:1-7. Compare it with Isaiah 60:11-22. What will the new creation and the new Jerusalem be like? Why should this serve to motivate us to evangelism?
- Tice describes the danger of living as functional atheists. Do you recognise a tendency to live like that in your own life? What are the dangers of living a life like that? (See Revelation 3:14-22)
- Can you think of passages or verses in the Bible which refer to eternity? How do you view them?
- What are some common idols that people worship?
- Tice highlights a personal idol for him which prevented him from sharing the Gospel. What other idols can prevent us from evangelism?
- What impact will it have if God is the only one we worship?
- Can you think of any ways of keeping God at the centre of our worship? What tips or advice could you share with others?
As Chapter 3 is quite short, we also produced this Bible study that you can download here.
- Tice suggests there are two categories of Christian (p.47-48). Which category would you place yourself in? Can you think of a third category? Share your answer.
- Read Acts 17:24-31.
- What is Paul telling us here about God and His purposes?
- Try rewriting these verses in your own words.
- Tice uses Acts 17 to demonstrate God’s sovereignty in our own lives (p.48-50). Do you believe God has placed you where you are for a reason? Who might He be trying to reach through you?
- How does an appreciation of God’s grace and a recognition of His power help us in our evangelism (p.50-57)?
- What opportunities do you have each day to share something of your faith? Do you find it easy to talk about God in everyday conversations?
- Tice writes, “I’m only going to be effective in witnessing if I’m being someone who is actually interested in them as people.” (p.60). Do you agree or disagree?
- Tice breaks down the Gospel into three parts: Identity, Mission, Call (p.65-71). Do you agree with his summary? Can you think of any Bible verses that summarise the Gospel?
- Stepping across the painline and sharing about these aspects of the Gospel can cause a reaction. What three things from Chapter 4 can help us face this?
- Consider someone who played a part in bringing you to faith.How did they do that? What qualities or attributes did that person have which influenced you?
- Tice uses four examples to highlight different approaches to evangelism: confrontational, intellectual, testimonial, and invitational. Which one best describes your approach?
- Tice highlights the need for the church to work together in evangelism (p.81-84). In what ways can a church facilitate and prepare people for evangelism?
- John Stott wrote, "The local church cannot evangelise, proclaiming the gospel of love, if it is not itself a community of love." Do you agree or disagree? In what ways can the church show love to one another, and how does this help our evangelism?
- Tice summarises the cultural changes in the UK since the 1950s to today (p.85-87). Do you agree with his summary? What reasons are there for this cultural shift?
- Read 2 Timothy 3:1-7. The culture has changed, but have people really changed?
- Tice suggests that the greatest development in contemporary evangelism is the increased use of 1 to 1 Bible reading (p.88-91). What benefits does this approach bring? What are the risks?
- Tice suggests four things that we need to help us get started in evangelism (p.91-93). Which of these if any do you need to develop? Take time to pray that God will equip and resource you with what you need to step over the line.