guilt-free-christianity
OVERVIEW
> Guilt-Free Christianity

FAQ’S
Can we live a life of deliberate sin and still go to heaven?
Do we have to wait until we die to find out if we’re going to heaven?
Does the bible teach that homosexuals will go to hell?
Can I lose my salvation?
Does God choose us or do we choose God?
What if I have doubts?
Why do I need to ask for forgiveness if god has already forgiven me?
What if a person claims to be a Christian but isn’t living like a Christian?
Why avoid sin and do good works if it doesn’t affect where we spend eternity?
Jesus teaches that there will be rewards in heaven. Doesn’t this contradict grace?
If Jesus died for everyone, why doesn’t everyone go to heaven?
> Why did God give us so many commands if we don’t need to obey them in order to get to heaven? (Coming Soon)
> Does the Holy Spirit ever leave you? (Coming Soon)
> Why does the bible teach that becoming a Christian costs you nothing but costs you everything? (Coming Soon)
> What if people abuse grace? (Coming Soon)
> How does the death of Jesus actually lead to forgiveness? (Coming Soon)
> What does it mean to say that a person is ‘born again’? (Coming Soon)
> Do I need to receive the Holy Spirit in order to become a Christian? (Coming Soon)
> Does God really send people to hell? (Coming Soon)
> What about people who don’t have a chance to place their faith in Jesus? (Coming Soon)
> How do I know if I am born again? (Coming Soon)
> Why did Jesus have to die? (Coming Soon)
> Why did Jesus have to rise from the dead? (Coming Soon)
> What is the bare minimum a person has to believe to be a Christian? (Coming Soon)
> How can the death of one man pay for the sins of billions of people? (Coming Soon)
> Why doesn’t working my way to heaven work? (Coming Soon)

MISUNDERSTANDINGS
> Believing we are only forgiven for past, accidental, & confessed sin
> The relationship between ‘Faith’ and ‘Works’
> The definition of ‘Repentance’
> A true Christian would never do that… (Coming Soon)
> ‘Faith in Christ’ vs ‘Faith in Christ alone’ (Coming Soon)
> The difference between ‘Faith’ and ‘Belief’ (Coming Soon)
> Believing our life is still our own (Coming Soon)
> Believing we are saved by our commitment (Coming Soon)
> Believing that God is a kind boss (Coming Soon)

ILLUSTRATIONS
> Mcdonalds
> Police officer
> Lifesaver
> ‘The Broom’ vs ‘The Bucket’
> The Knight and the Princess
> Birthday cake
> Fashion designer
> ‘Adam’ vs ‘Jesus’
> Woman who can’t stop having an affair
> House
> Concentric circles
> Demon possession
> Why should God let you into heaven?
> Dog carrying a piece of meat
> Exam swap
> Book of sin
> A baby born with two names
> ‘Buying a House’ vs ‘Being rescued from a Fire’
> Swimming underwater
> A.B.C.
> Toothpaste
> Boy on a plane
> What Jesus wants to give us this Christmas
> ‘Grace System’ vs ‘Works System’ (Coming Soon)
> Revenge, Justice, Grace (Coming Soon)
> Somebody’s got to pay (Coming Soon)
> The Bridge Diagram (Coming Soon)
> Parable of the River (Coming Soon)
> Jesus take the wheel (Coming Soon)
> Passport (Coming Soon)
> Blondin (Coming Soon)
> Judge (Coming Soon)
> ‘Do’ vs ‘Done’ (Coming Soon)
> ‘Knowing about someone’ vs ‘Knowing them personally’ (Coming Soon)
> Ransom (Coming Soon)
> Flowers (Coming Soon)
> The Rose (Coming Soon)
> Brief cases (Coming Soon)
> Bridge diagram (Coming Soon)
> Marriage (Coming Soon)
> Circle diagrams (Coming Soon)
> Buckets (Coming Soon)
> ‘Bad to good’ vs ‘Death to Life’ (Coming Soon)
> ‘Good news’ vs ‘Good advice’ (Coming Soon)
> ‘Second chance’ vs ‘New life’ (Coming Soon)
> Adoption (Coming Soon)
> S.O.S. (Coming Soon)
> ‘Diagnosis’ vs ‘Cure’ (Coming Soon)
> ‘Ladder’ vs ‘Elevator’ (Coming Soon)
> ‘Mirror’ vs ‘Photoshop’ (Coming Soon)
> ‘Bad News’ vs ‘Good News’ (Coming Soon)
> Bridge diagram (Coming Soon)
> ‘Who you know’ vs ‘What you do’ (Coming Soon)
> ‘Harsh Boss’ vs ‘Kind Boss’ vs ‘Loving Father’ (Coming Soon)
> ‘Fence’ vs ‘Well’ (Coming Soon)
> God wants something for you not from you (Coming Soon)
> Broken but not worthless ($100 note) (Coming Soon)
> Elevator (Coming Soon)
> Maths formula (grace/works) (Coming Soon)
> Table of sins (past/present/future/etc) (Coming Soon)
> Communication vs Relationship (Do I need to keep confessing?) (Coming Soon)
> Jack going off the rails (diagrams) (Coming Soon)
> Passover (blood has to be applied) (Coming Soon)
> Repentance (now believe in eating healthy, but still eat junk food) (Coming Soon)
> Table vs Tree (beliefs rest on gospel (trunk) not lots of legs) (Coming Soon)
> Levels of sin (Coming Soon)
> Mother carrying baby across a busy road (Coming Soon)

DIFFICULT BIBLE PASSAGES
> JAMES 2:14-25 “Faith without works is useless” (Coming Soon)
> REVELATION 3:14-21 “Because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of My mouth” (Coming Soon)
> MATTHEW 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Coming Soon)
> MATTHEW 19:16-29 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the Kingdom of God” (Coming Soon)
> MATTHEW 25:31-46 “The sheep and the goats” (Coming Soon)
> MARK 3:29 “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin” (Coming Soon)
> HEBREWS 6:4-8 & HEBREWS 10:26-29 “It is impossible for those who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance” (Coming Soon)
> MATTHEW 5:17-20 “I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law, you will certainly not enter the Kingdom of Heaven” (Coming Soon)
> ROMANS 2:6-8 “God will repay each person according to what they have done” (Coming Soon)

WHAT GOD WANTS TO DO FOR YOU
> What the Cross can do for you (Coming Soon)
> What the Resurrection can do for you (Coming Soon)
> What the Holy Spirit can do for you (Coming Soon)
> What our Heavenly Father can do for you (Coming Soon)
> What a place in Heaven can do for you (Coming Soon)

VIDEO
Simple – Andy Stanley
Starting Point – Andy Stanley
Free – Andy Stanley

AUDIO
What is the Gospel? – Tim Keller

LINKS
Explore God
Starting Point
How to become a Christian – Bill Bright
How God changes your life – Bill Bright
How to be sure you’re a Christian – Bill Bright
How to experience God’s love and forgiveness – Bill Bright

BOOKS
The Prodigal God – Timothy Keller
How Good is Good Enough? – Andy Stanley
The Grace of God – Andy Stanley
What’s so Amazing about Grace – Phillip Yancey
The Holy Spirit – Billy Graham

prayer
GRACE-DRIVEN PRAYER
> I FEEL GUILTY IF I DON’T PRAY: Praying because I want to, not because I have to
> I DON’T PRAY BECAUSE I FEEL GUILTY: Why would God listen to someone as sinful as me? (Coming soon)

PRAY LIKE IT MATTERS: Some things only happen if we pray
Why bother praying if prayer doesn’t actually change anything?
Why bother praying if God already knows what we need? (Part 1)
> Why bother praying if God already knows what we need? (Part 2) (Coming soon)
Why bother praying if God’s will is already being done?

THERE’S NOTHING THAT PRAYER CAN’T DO
> Our prayers can get God to do what is not humanly possible (Coming soon)
Our prayers can get God to override free-will
> Our prayers can get God to change the course of history
Our prayers can get God to change His mind
> Our prayers can get God to overcome Satanic opposition (Coming soon)
> Our prayers can get God to fulfill His promises (Coming soon)
> Our prayers can get God to speak to us (Coming soon)
> Our prayers can get God to use us far more than we’ve ever dreamed of (Coming soon)

DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER
> God wants to say yes (Coming soon)
Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking (Part 1)
> Keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking (Part 2)
> Construct an argument (Coming soon)
> Seek first God’s Kingdom (Coming soon)
> Confess Sin (Coming soon)
> Fast (Coming soon)
> Be willing to cut a deal (Coming soon)
> Have faith that God will give us what we’re asking for (Coming soon)
> What to do if it looks like God is saying no (Coming soon)

NOTES
Our role, God’s role, Satan’s role & Other’s role
> Praying the Lord’s Prayer (Coming Soon)

ONLINE RESOURCES 
> C. S. Lewis
> E.M.Bounds
> Andrew Murray
> Charles Spurgeon
> Peter Greig
> J. D. Greear
> Bill Hybels
> Jack Hyles
> Mike Bickle

QUOTES
General Quotes

homosexuality-church
DOES THE BIBLE TEACH THAT HOMOSEXUALS WILL GO TO HELL?
THEY DON’T SPEAK FOR ME: Five ways the church can respond to Gay Marriage
IS HOMOSEXUALITY A SALVATION ISSUE?
IS GOD HOMOPHOBIC: Making sense of why the Bible teaches that homosexuality is sinful
HOW TO TALK ABOUT JESUS WITHOUT BEING HOMOPHOBIC

church

The following posts contain quotes, other people’s ideas & lots of stats… 
Developing a Model of Ministry
Seeker-Sensitive Church Services – Part 1 – Why Consider Them?
Seeker-Sensitive Church Services – Part 2 – Driving Principles
Seeker-Sensitive Church Services – Part 3 – Practical Steps
> Why leading unbelievers to Jesus really matters
Random things I’ve learned about preaching
Why I believe in Church Planting
Developing a Church Mission, Process, Program and Goals 

leadership-sessions

THE FOLLOWING LEADERSHIP SESSIONS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED TO…

> Only cover ONE KEY LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLE per session so that the material can be easily applied to each leader’s life.
> Run for a minimum of 30 minutes (with the option of going longer if time is available)
> Be used in a variety of settings (see below)

SETTINGS WHERE THESE LEADERSHIP SESSIONS COULD BE USED…

OPTION A – ONE-ON-ONE MENTORING
Step #1 – Both people do the Pre-Reading
Step #2 – Both people download the Handout and work through it during the session.

OPTION B – SMALL GROUP SESSION WITH COMPULSORY PRE-READING
Step #1 – Every person in the small group does the Pre-Reading
Step #2 – Every person downloads the Handout and works through it during the session.

OPTION C – SMALL GROUP SESSION WITH VOLUNTARY PRE-READING
Step #1 – The Facilitator downloads the Pre-Reading, Facilitators Guide and PowerPoint and prepares a 10 min teaching segment. This segment will be run during the session.
Step #2 – Everyone else is encouraged to do the Pre-Reading. But it’s made clear that this is not essential.
Step #3 – Every person downloads the Handout and works through it during the session.

OPTION D – LARGE GROUP SESSION WITH VOLUNTARY PRE-READING
Step #1 – The Facilitator downloads the Pre-Reading, Facilitators Guide and PowerPoint and prepares a 10 min teaching segment. This segment will be run during the session.
Step #2 – Everyone else is encouraged to do the Pre-Reading. But it’s made clear that this is not essential.
Step #3 – Every person downloads the Handout and works through it during the session. Obviously the large group will need to break up into smaller groups during the discussion times.

SESSIONS

THE POWER OF HABIT
Based on “The Power of Habit” by Charles Duhigg
Handout
Pre-Reading (A Guide to Changing a Habit – Charles Duhigg)
> Pre-Listening (Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast – Interview with Charles Duhigg)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

THE 5 LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP – PART 1
Based on “The 5 Levels of Leadership” by John Maxwell
Handout
Pre-Reading (The 5 Levels of Leadership – John Maxwell)
Pre-Viewing (The 5 Levels of Leadership – John Maxwell)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

THE 5 LEVELS OF LEADERSHIP – PART 2
Based on “The 5 Levels of Leadership” by John Maxwell
Handout
Pre-Reading (The 5 Levels of Leadership – John Maxwell)
Pre-Viewing (The 5 Levels of Leadership – John Maxwell)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

HAPPINESS COMES BEFORE SUCCESS
Based on “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor
Handout
Pre-Reading #1 (When Will I Be Happy? – Shawn Achor)
Pre-Reading #2 (Achieving Happiness Despite Everyday Challenges – Shawn Achor)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

SUCCEEDING AT LEADERSHIP WITHOUT DESTROYING YOUR LIFE
Based on “Counterfeit Gods” by Tim Keller
Handout
Pre-Reading (Counterfeit Gods Introduction – Tim Keller)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

DEALING WITH A TEAM MEMBER WHO ISN’T PERFORMING – PART 1
Based on Redirect vs Reprimand from “Whale Done” by Ken Blanchard
Handout
Pre-Reading #1 (Should you reprimand or redirect – Ken Blanchard)
Pre-Reading #2 (The do’s and don’t’s of reprimanding – Ken Blanchard)
> Pre-Reading #3 (A positive approach to redirection – Ken Blanchard)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

DEALING WITH A TEAM MEMBER WHO ISN’T PERFORMING – PART 2
Based on Redirect vs Reprimand from “Whale Done” by Ken Blanchard
Handout
Pre-Reading #1 (Should you reprimand or redirect – Ken Blanchard)
Pre-Reading #2 (The do’s and don’t’s of reprimanding – Ken Blanchard)
> Pre-Reading #3 (A positive approach to redirection – Ken Blanchard)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

THE RIGHT REASON AND WRONG REASON TO LEAD
Based on Level 5 Leadership from “Good to Great” by Jim Collins
Handout
Pre-Reading #1 (The Misguided Mix-up of Celebrity and Leadership – Jim Collins)
> Pre-Reading #2 (Sample from Chapter 2, Good to Great – Jim Collins. READ: Summary – The Two Sides of Level 5 Leadership, p36; Key Points, p39; Unexpected Findings, p40)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

OVERCOMING DISCOURAGEMENT
Based on “The Hope Quotient” by Jim Collins
Handout
Pre-Reading (Chapter 1 & 2, The Hope Quotient – Ray Johnston. READ p2-23)
Facilitators Guide
PowerPoint (Note: This will need to be downloaded in order to play videos)

RECOMMENDED READING

There’s obviously 1000’s of leadership books on the market today, and many could be recommended for different reasons. But the following list includes books that are worth reading from start to finish. Often they contain a summary of a person’s life work. All these books are worth buying, reading and handing out to your team.

Good to Great – Jim Collins
Leading at a Higher Level – Ken Blanchard
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – John Maxwell
Axiom – Bill Hybels
The Next Generation Leader – Andy Stanley
How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

RECOMMENDED PODCASTS

Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast
Brian Houston Leadership Podcast

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