Ephesians 2:1-10 King James Version (KJV)
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
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- David Platt goes straight to the message and ignores small talk, jokes, etc.
God’s character Ephesians 2:4 Never preach Gos as a means to an end. (Name it, claim it. Blab it, grab it).
Offense of sin Ephesians 2:5 We are dead in our sins. Everything obeys God except for man. We must emphasize the severity of sin. Ex. Lot’s wife, the man picking up sticks in the Old Testament on the Sabbath, Ananias and Saphira.
Sufficiency of Christ Ephesians 2:5-6 How can God justify us without condemning us? Through the cross!
Personal response Faith Ephesians 2:8-9 Salvation is a gift we receive. It cannot be earned.
Eternal urgency We do not emphasize hell. Ephesians 2:7 Hell is a burning fire and smoking sulfur. “Forever and ever.” There is a real wrath for those outside of Christ.
Life transformation Ephesians 2:10 New life!
This aforementioned outline used by David Platt is used to share the Gospel one on one with people. It was developed by a pastor in Texas and is taught by a ministry called “One Conversation.” They commence by using the phrase “Can we talk?” Their history and ministry is as follows:
“Can We Talk?” is a six-week emphasis to equip church members to share the Gospel conversationally. Pastor John Meador of FBC Euless, Texas, began this program in 2013, and since then we’ve seen hundreds of members become equipped and confident in sharing their faith. It equips church members through 20-minute pastor-led teaching sessions, and provides hands on experience by going on visits to share the Gospel in the community.
In response to increasing interest from other churches, Pastor Meador launched a non-profit organization called “One Conversation” to host conferences for pastors and other church leaders to learn how “Can We Talk?” can work in their church. In this short amount of time thousands have heard the Gospel and hundreds have come to faith in Christ. The renewed emphasis on sharing the Gospel is transforming communities and church cultures. “Can We Talk?” is easy to learn, easy to teach, sustainable, and it’s working.