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Introducing Jesus: Starting an Investigative Bible Study for Seekers [Paperback]

By Peter Scazzero (Author)
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Pages   95
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.23" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.27"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830811745  
EAN  9780830811748  

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IVP Print On Demand Title One of the most effective and proven ways to introduce people to Jesus is simply to help them read the Bible. In this handbook is all you need to start a Bible study group for people who want to know more about Christ. How to invite people, do's and dont's for discussion. Also included are six Bible studies you can actually use in a group with notes for the leader.

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In this handbook Peter Scazzero provides all you need to know for starting and leading an evangelistic Bible study. He discusses how to invite people, how to get them talking, how to help them understand what they read, and many other practical concerns. He even includes six Bible studies (with leader's notes) you can use with your group.

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Peter Scazzero is the founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York City, a large, multiracial church with more than seventy-three countries represented. After serving as senior pastor for twenty-six years, Pete now serves as a teaching pastor/pastor at large. He is the author of two best-selling books-The Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. He is also the author of The EHS Course and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day. Pete and his wife, Geri, are the founders of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, a groundbreaking ministry that equips churches in a deep, beneath-the-surface spiritual formation paradigm that integrates emotional health and contemplative spirituality. They have four lovely daughters. For more information, visit, or connect with Pete on Twitter @petescazzero.

Peter Scazzero currently resides in New York. Peter Scazzero was born in 1956.

Peter Scazzero has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Discipleship
  2. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality
  3. Fruit of the Spirit (Paperback)
  4. Lifeguide Bible Studies

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Good Focus on Introducing Jesus to People Outside the Church  Dec 5, 2009
Peter Scazzero introduces readers to his concept of investigative Bible studies as tools to introduce people to the truths of the Bible. Introducing Jesus: Starting an Investigative Bible Study for Seekers unfolds a method for evangelizing unbelievers and Christians unfamiliar with the Bible. The method of offering investigative Bible studies includes inviting people into a safe group of welcoming friends where they gain a sense of belonging. Within that context, the basics truths of the Bible are presented and discussed. The hope is that people will be drawn into the community of the faithful and will continue further Biblical studies.

Scazzero asserts the necessity of such Bible studies to reach the plethora of people who are eager to learn about Jesus but are unwilling to venture inside a church. He writes, "There is an enormous well of unchurched people open to the Lord Jesus waiting to be tapped. Jesus tells us, "The fields ... are ripe for harvest" (Jn 4:35)." Investigative Bible studies are geared to tap that harvest that awaits the outward mission of the church. This book is a practical guide to help readers initiate such Bible studies with the unchurched in mind. The second half of the book includes six investigative Bible studies designed with the unchurched in mind.

Church leaders often design Bible studies with mature Christians in mind. Investigative Bible studies are not designed for mature Christians. Scazzero describes his view,

"An investigative Bible study is a discussion around a passage of Scripture with one primary purpose: to introduce non-Christians to the person of Jesus so that they might submit to him as Savior and Lord of their lives. An investigative Bible study is primarily concerned with people who know neither the New Testament nor Jesus."

Investigative Bible studies facilitate discussion including the invitation of questions about the topic. It is as much about developing welcoming contexts for study and discussion as about the text. The authority of the studies is the Bible not the leader. The focus is on what the text teaches about Jesus. The posture of the leader of the study to the participants is one of learner to learner not teacher to pupil.

Scazzero highlights the large percentage (75-90%) of people who were introduced to Christ by a friend or relative as a key indicator of how the church is to approach evangelism. Investigative Bible studies are excellent forums for people to invite their friends and relatives to learn about Jesus. Conversely, there are few people who met Jesus by walking into a church or Sunday School class on their own. Scazzero emphasizes, too, that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring the lost to Jesus. He sees the investigative Bible study as being a promising format to allow the Spirit to do his work. It is part of the process of leading a person to the point when he or she will reach out to Jesus.

Scazzero encourages readers to be open to starting Bible studies anywhere that it is welcome such as homes, businesses, coffee shops, etc. He offers some steps for getting started:

1. Pray in faith
2. Ask God for another believer to work with
3. Make a list of all the non-Christians you know on a first name basis
4. Add to your list by attending or creating "fishing pond" events to make new friendships.
5. Build genuine friendships with the people you are inviting
6. Invite everyone
7. Prepare the study well
8. Remind those you have invited
9. Create an inviting atmosphere
10. Remember to communicate love

These steps convey the spirit in which the Bible studies are offered. Additionally, he suggests that the leader convey guidelines for the study to the participants to assure the appropriate environment is maintained.

The following items are the goals of the Bible study. The hope is that each person would learn and accept the following Biblical truths,

We must admit our need to God. (I am a sinner.)
We must be willing to turn from our sins to him as Lord.
We must believe Jesus Christ died for our sins and was resurrected.
We must, through prayer, receive Jesus Christ to come in and control our lives.

The six sample studies that Scazzero includes in the book are designed to bring participants to the knowledge of these truths. They are offered in simple formats with leader notes, so that anyone can take them and lead them without any necessary amendments.

Throughout the book, Scazzero offers good, helpful ideas for offering Bible studies to non-Christians and unchurched people. He recognizes a hunger for Jesus among people outside the church, and his Bible study method seems like an appropriate format for introducing them to Jesus. The key element is leveraging current relationships with such people to offer a warm welcome to the Bible study. It is important for churches to offer such outreaches to people outside the church as it is to offer more in-depth Bible studies to mature Christians within the church. The sample Bible studies give readers a good idea of how to go about planning the actual study. They can be used verbatim or used as templates for other topics.

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