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INTRODUCTION

When your international friend will be around longer and is willing to spend some more time with you talking and thinking about the claims of the Gospel, the best thing to do will be to open the Bible together. The Word of God is “living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebr 4:12). Also “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim 3:16-17).

And “consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17).

Every Christian student that has been studying the Bible with fellow students or in the church is able to prepare a Bible study he or she can do with their international friend. It is a very valuable skill and never a waste of time trying to develop it! Studying the Bible with an international will open up the Word of God for you as well. It can give a lot of joy when you yourself are challenged about the things you read and your friend comes up with questions you’ve never thought of yourself. Don’t be intimidated or afraid for questions.

You are a learner yourself. And besides, the Word of God is capable of dealing with questions. God can handle the questions, so you don’t have to worry. Sometimes going through the hard questions with the other person will only show that person how serious you are about it and how you care for both him/her as a friend and about your God. So let the experience be an adventure, travelling the roads of God’s Word together.

In this session we want to give you a few ideas on how to present the Gospel in an easy way to international students. Secondly, we’ll give you a very practical guide to preparing a Bible study for international students who are interested in studying the Bible. We’ll explain how you can prepare a study and lead an evening. Furthermore this session will go into a few cultural issues you’ll be facing. This session is meant to be put in practice. After going through it we hope you’ll be going out there, opening the Bible and showing your international friends its richness.

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.

(Luke 8:16)

Open God’s Word, so it can shine in the lives of your international friends.

GET YOUR MIND WORKING

When you deal with different cultures you will encounter that people communicate differently. Especially in a setting where giving your opinion or having a discussion is central, these cultural differences will become very clear. And not just the way you have a discussion is different, but also what you talk about. When you have a Bible study with international students, it is very likely that they do not know anything about the Bible or the Christian worldview. They come from a different setting with a different worldview and religion. How they interpret the Bible will depend on this worldview. Can you work with that? Can you also find the most important things to tell your friend, when you

yourself have all this information about the Bible and Christianity and they know nothing?

What is it really about?

1. What is your way of communicating? What are the unwritten rules when you are having a discussion with another person or in a group? What do you perceive as impolite, rude or unhelpful?

2. Have you ever had a group discussion with people from different cultures? If so, share some of the things you noticed that were different from your own way of communicating or discussing.

3. A small case study: Imagine you are on the bus with your international friend. You know he will have to get off the bus at the next stop. Then he suddenly asks you: “So, what’s the deal with this Jesus?”

What do you tell him, knowing you have about two minutes to share something?

DIGGING IN

In this section we will look at the following subjects:

1. Ways to present the Gospel in a simple way

2. How to prepare a Bible study following the OIA-method 3. How to lead a Bible study in a multi-cultural setting

1. Ways to present the Gospel in a simple way

Most of the Christian Dutch students are very at home with the Bible and Christianity. We know so much as we have done so many Bible studies and read interesting books about a multitude of topics. But how do we get this knowledge across to an international student who knows nothing about the Bible, Jesus or Christianity? This student may have never even looked into a Bible before and has no clue who Jesus is. How can we present the Gospel clearly and in a way that is understandable without forcing him to study theology for the next four years?

There are several short Gospel presentations that can be helpful to learn and use.

Two ways to live

A very well known Gospel presentation is the ‘two-ways-to-live’. Here it is in short, but you can find more extensive versions on the internet (for example www.matthiasmedia.com.au/2wtl or www.peacewithgod.co.uk/two-ways-to-live):

1. God is the loving ruler of the world. He made the world. He made us rulers of the world under him.

You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

(Revelation 4: 11)

2. We all reject the ruler – God – by trying to run life our own way without him. But we fail to rule ourselves or society or the world.

There is no-one righteous, not even one; there is no-one who understands, no-one who seeks God. All have turned away. (Romans 3: 10-12)

3. God won’t let us rebel forever. God’s punishment for rebellion is death and judgement.

Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgement.

(Hebrews 9:27)

4. Because of his love, God send his Son into the world: the man Jesus Christ. Jesus always lived under God’s rule. Yet, by dying in our place he took our punishment and brought forgiveness.

Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

(1 Peter 3:18)

5. God raised Jesus to life again as the ruler of the world. Jesus has conquered death and now gives new life and will return to judge.

In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

(1 Peter 1:3)

6. The two ways to live:

A) Our way: rejecting the ruler – God, trying to run life our own way. Result: Being apart from God, facing death and judgement.

B) God’s new way: Submit to Jesus as ruler and relying on his death and resurrection. Result: Forgiven by God and given eternal life with God.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.

(John 3:36)

Another very short Gospel presentation I found on a little flyer, which was meant for Chinese students:

Bible verses used: Romans 5:8, Isaiah 29:2, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Peter 3:18 Discussion Question:

The two-way-to-live Gospel presentation focuses on our rebellion against God and the punishment that is a result of this rebellion.

What does this Chinese flyer focus on? Can you think of a reason why this Gospel presentation is used for Chinese people and the ‘two-way-to-live’ presentation for (mostly) West-Europeans?

Here is another very common Gospel presentation:

Exercise:

Put wordings with the pictures, using it to make a Gospel presentation.

• Where do you put the focus on?

• How do you explain the expressions ‘Blood of Jesus’, ‘Gift of righteousness’?

‘The bridge’ Gospel presentation

The navigators have developed the bridge presentation (www.navigator.org). It is an easy tool to help your international friend understand more about Christianity and also open up an opportunity for him/her to express what they think/feel about it.

It goes like this:

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