How Does Evil Invade Your Space?
The Goal: The goal for your interaction with people at these stations is to:
1. Have conversations where you help them understand the Gospel.
2. Help them take next steps toward Jesus: connect curious people to GIGS(investigative Bible studies for seekers), connect believers and lost people to our community; lead people to repentance and salvation.
3. Invite people to events where they’ll here the Gospel.
The Strategy: These experiential stations will give people visual representations that help them assess their souls, help them experience spiritual truths, and help them understand the Gospel in a fresh new way.
Gain people’s attention in a friendly, intriguing way. For instance, “How does evil invade your space?” or “Have you been a victim?” or “How has your life been impacted by injustice or evil?”
Follow up questions:
What do you think are some of the sources of injustice?
Why does injustice or evil exist?
In your honest assessment, can we be free from injustice? How?
Is there a solution?
What do you think God’s response is to injustice?
Can I tell you about what Jesus has to say about the sources and the solution to injustice in this world?
|God||God created the world for good & intended justice for people & systems.|
|People/Sin||We have damaged our relationships & this world by the choices we’ve made or things others have done to us. Examples: rape, depression, war, poverty.|
|God’s Judgment/Jesus’ Death||Because God is just – evil and injustice must be punished. Jesus death paid for these evils and our rejection of God’s plan for our lives & world.|
|Jesus’ Resurrection||Instead of death and the perpetuation of evil, Jesus’ resurrection enables personal and corporate healing. Jesus empowers us to bring change to our lives & justice to the world.|
|Repentance/Lordship||Ask for Jesus’ leadership in life & changing the world. Join a community of Jesus followers who fight against evil & injustice.|
Here are a few things about Why there is Evil – from Know Why You Believe by Paul Little
1) Evil is inherent in the risky gift of free will. Could have made us machines but gave Adam choice and evil entered the world.
2) Much of the suffering in the world traced directly to the evil choices men and women make
3) Some but not all suffering is allowed by God as judgement and punishment
4) God has a vengeful enemy in Satan who was defeated at the cross but is free to work his evil deeds until the final judgement
5) God himself is the great sufferer and has fully met the problem of evil in the gift of his son, at infinite cost and suffering of his son