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Table of Contents

Introduction of Study...4
Meet Lee Strobel...5
General Information .......6
Study Guide Instructions.7

Session 1: The Investigation of a Lifetime ...8


Session 2: Eyewitness Evidence ...11
Session 3: Evidence Outside the Bible.14
Session 4: Analyzing Jesus ...17
Session 5: Evidence for the Resurrection....21
Session 6: Reaching Your Verdict....25

Conclusion and Follow-up.....29


Spiritual Conversation Openers...31
Personal Testimony Worksheet....32
How to Lead a Person to Christ....33
Romans Road.34
Whats Next?..........................................................................................................................................35

Introduction
Who was Jesus?
Was Jesus a real man?
If Jesus is the Son of God, where is your proof?
How would you answer these questions?

If we are all honest, these questions have either challenged or drove us away from our faith at times. Maybe
you have never believed in God. Maybe you are a Christian but shy away from people who ask these questions. The awesome thing is that there are answers. Christianity is not a faith of myth and folk lore. Christianity is rooted in history and facts that present the answers to many questions.
Over the next six sessions you will go on an investigative journey with former Chicago Tribune editor Lee
Strobel. Lee was an atheist when he started this investigation of a lifetime. His goal was to prove that God,
and Jesus in particular, were simply figments of the human imagination and it could be disproven very easily.
Lee did not know it at the time, but this would lead him on a two year investigation. The investigation ended
with Lee surrendering his life to Christ and becoming a Christian.
This study is sure to strengthen your faith if you are a Christian and give you some new insights into Christianity if you are a skeptic. Either way, The Case for Christ will help us investigate the evidence behind Jesus and
see where the evidence points.

Meet Lee Strobel

Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune, is a New
York Times best-selling author of nearly twenty books and has been interviewed on numerous national television programs, including ABC's 20/20, Fox News, and CNN.
Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree, 1974) and Yale Law School
(Master of Studies in Law degree, 1979). He was a professional journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune
and other newspapers, winning Illinois' top honors for investigative reporting (which he shared with a team he
led) and public service journalism from United Press International.
After a nearly two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Lee received Christ as his forgiver and leader
in 1981. He joined the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, in 1987, and later
became a teaching pastor there. He joined Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, CA, as a
teaching pastor in 2000. He left Saddleback's staff in mid-2002 to focus on writing. He is also a contributing
editor and columnist for Outreach magazine.
Lee's other books include God's Outrageous Claims, The Case for Christmas, The Case for Easter, What Jesus
Would Say, Exploring the Da Vinci Code (co-authored with Garry Poole) and Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch
in Marriage, which he wrote with his wife, Leslie. For two seasons, Lee was executive producer and host of
the weekly national network television program Faith Under Fire.
Lee is also co-author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training curriculum, which is used around the
world, and his articles have been published in a variety of magazines, including Discipleship Journal, Marriage
Partnership, The Christian Research Journal, Guideposts, and Decision. He has appeared on such national radio programs as The Bible Answer Man and Focus on the Family. In addition, he has taught First Amendment
law at Roosevelt University.
Lee and Leslie have been married for 33 years and live in Southern California. Their daughter, Alison, is a
novelist whose second book was published in 2006 by WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House. Their
son, Kyle, is currently earning his third master's degree at the Talbot School of Theology; his first book is
forthcoming from Baker Books.

New to a Group?
If you are new to a group we are so excited you have joined a Home Team for The Case for Christ. Please sit
back, relax and enjoy the food and time away from the craziness of life. This will be a good experience if you
do a couple of things:

Give it the full six sessions. Make sure you commit to attending every week so that you will begin to get
to know the people in your group. After the study is over is the time to assess if the group is for you.
Take a risk. Talking in a group feels very risky but it gets easier and more natural the more you do it. The
first time you answer a question or give your opinion in the group it will be scary but take the chance. It
will be worth it.

Please visit www.westlink.org


As you go through the study please visit our website and go to The Case for Christ area to write on the blog,
get free supporting resources, and much more. The website is also a place where you can go find answers to
some of the questions about Jesus and Christianity. We want to help you on your journey and follow the evidence wherever it may lead.

Support Information
This study will answer some questions but can also create new questions. We are here to be a resource for you
to help you on your personal investigation. Please use the contact information below or visit our website at
www.westlink.org for help.
Rodney Elliott
Director of Small Groups

rodney.elliott@westlink.org

316-722-8020

Tiffany Blaske
Small Groups Project Manager

tiffany.blaske@westlink.org

316-722-8020

Study Guide Instructions


This study guide is designed to help our leaders facilitate and members of the group discuss/take notes as they
examine the evidence in The Case for Christ. The goal is for your group to explore the ideas and concepts that
will be presented, but to also encourage your group to talk about questions, personal successes, struggles, and
overall experiences. Our hope is that as you journey together as a group, not only will you strengthen your
faith individually, but also experience the joy of being connected to Gods community.

Getting Started
This section is designed to help groups get to know each other better. If this section will not work in your
group because of group size, feel free to create something on your own, or skip ahead to the video clip.

Watch This!
Each session consists of several clips. Please preview each clip before your group meeting so you are familiar
with the material.

Discuss This!
After each clip, there are three or four questions designed to get your group to discuss the clip. If your group
does not want to share immediately, just be patient and work your way through the study. The questions are
simply a tool to get discussion started. If you cannot get to all of them or your group goes in another direction,
do not panic, let the Holy Spirit lead.

Scripture References
The scripture references provided are the scriptures used in the clip. This will allow you to read the scripture
as you go through the questions.

Between Sessions
To get the most out of this study, you must invest time every week between sessions. Every session has some
homework that you must complete during the week so that you are prepared for the following week.

Session 1
The Investigation of a Lifetime
Supplemental Reading prior to this Session:
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, Introduction: Reopening the Investigation of a Lifetime
Getting Started
What are some of the questions surrounding Jesus that have been the most challenging to you?

Watch This!
DVD Introduction and Teaching Segment #1 (4 min. 39 seconds)
(This section is blank for taking notes as you watch the video)

Discuss This!
1.
2.
3.

Can you relate to the comments people made about Jesus in the DVD segment? How?
What questions or objections regarding Jesus have you heard personally?
To what extent have you investigated the historical truth of Christianity?

Watch This!
Teaching Segment #2 (7 min. 57 seconds)

Scripture Reference
Daniel 7:13 NIV 13 In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,
[a] coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
Daniel 7:14 NIV 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of
every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and
his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

Discuss This!
1.
2.

How can you relate to Lees story of visiting a church for the first time?
What aspect of this segment stuck with you the most?

3.

If we can determine that without a doubt Jesus lived, who did Jesus claim to be?
(See John 14:6, John 4:25-26, Matthew 28:18, John 13:13)

4.

Luke 9:18-19 NIV


18) Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, Who do
the crowds say I am? 19) They replied, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still
others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.
On a scale of 1 to 10, who do you say that Jesus is? Circle the number that best describes you at this
point in the investigation. Where do you believe the evidence so far points? Share with the group your
answers.
Who do you believe Jesus is?
1---------2---------3---------4---------5---------6---------7---------8---------9---------10
Wasnt a real man

A Real Man

A Good Man

Watch This!
DVD Wrap Up (1 min. 52 seconds)

A Good Spiritual Teacher

God in Human
Form

Between Sessions
Why do you believe what you believe about the person of Jesus? What influences in your life have shaped
that belief or disbelief in Jesus? Over the next week make a list of the influences and the factors that have
shaped what you believe about Jesus and bring it to group next week. Pray that God will help you look at the
facts and evidence about Jesus with new eyes and ask him to help you follow the evidence where ever it leads.

Prayer Requests and Closing Prayer


Go around the room and ask if any one has any prayer requests for the week. Encourage the group members to
write the requests in the space provided below and have the leader close the group session in prayer.

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Session 2
The Eyewitness Evidence
Supplemental Reading prior to this Session:
The Case for Christ, chapter 1: The Eyewitness Evidence
The Case for Christ, chapter 2: Testing the Eyewitness Evidence
The Case for Christ, chapter 3: The Documentary Evidence
Getting Started
Over the past week you should have created a list of the influences in your life and the things that have shaped
what you believe about Jesus. Go around the room and share your list with the group.
Why do you believe what you believe about the person of Jesus? What influences in your life have shaped
that belief or disbelief in Jesus?

Watch This!
DVD Introduction and Teaching Segment #1 (8 min. 54 seconds)

Scripture References
Luke 1: 1-4 NIV 1 Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled
among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and
servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the
beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you
may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.

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Discuss This!
1.
The details in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were recorded many years after the events occurred. It
has been 10 years since the attacks of September 11th. As an exercise to demonstrate how life altering
events and memories never leave us, go around the group and describe where you were and what you
were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. What has this exercise taught you about life
altering events and peoples ability to remember them over years and decades?
2.
All four gospel accounts were written within 50 years of Jesus death. Does this strengthen your belief
in Jesus being who the gospel writers said he was? Why or why not?
3.
What were the motives of the New Testament writers? What motive would they have had to distort the
historical record?
4.
Jesus disciples were beaten, spit upon, tortured, publically humiliated, and eventually killed for their
belief that Jesus was the divine Son of God. Would you go through this level of persecution for a lie?
Why would a person endure these kinds of physical and emotional pain?

Watch This!
Teaching Segment #2 (5 min. 16 seconds)

Discuss This!
1.
How does understanding the tradition of the rabbis strengthen your belief in the accuracy of scripture
passed down through oral tradition?
2.
Do you believe there are any irreconcilable discrepancies among the 4 gospel accounts?
3.
How do the different accounts of Jesus life from the 4 gospels actually strengthen the argument for
their reliability?

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Watch This!
DVD Wrap Up (2 min. 37 seconds)

Between Sessions
Read the gospel of John. There are 21 chapters in John. If you read around 3 chapters a day, you can read the
entire gospel biography in a week. You can read three chapters in about 10 to 15 minutes. As you read
through the gospel, read it with the thought in mind that this was written by a man that saw the miracles and
wondrous signs that Jesus performed. John also heard Jesus preach, teach, and tell the parables live and in
person. He also saw Jesus killed by crucifixion and then rise from the dead three days later. He walked and
talked with the risen Jesus. How does this perspective change the way you read Johns gospel account?

Prayer Requests and Closing Prayer

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Session 3
Evidence Outside the Bible
Supplemental Reading prior to this Session:
The Case for Christ, chapter 4: The Corroborating Evidence
The Case for Christ, chapter 6: The Rebuttal Evidence
Getting Started
As you read the gospel of John over the past week, what jumped out at you the most about his eyewitness testimony?

Watch This!
DVD Introduction and Teaching Segment #1 (4 min. 6 seconds)

Writings about Jesus found outside of the Bible


Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, for he was a doer of wonderful work, a teacher of such
men as received the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles.
When Pilate, at the suggestion of the principle men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that
loved him first did not forsake him. And the tribe of Christians so named for him are not extinct to this day.
Priest & Pharisee Josephus AD 93

Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abomination, called
Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during
the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate. Tacitas, AD 115

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Discuss This!
1.
How does the corroborating evidence of the writings of Josephus and others further support the Biblical
account of Jesus?
2.
How critical to your faith is the evidence that Jesus did in fact live?
3.
What specific things and facts about Jesus do these outside writings support?

Watch This!
Teaching Segment #2 (3 min. 50 seconds)

Discuss This!
1.
Have you heard information or heard people ever discuss the Gnostic gospels such as the gospels of
Mary or the gospel of Thomas?
2.
The Gnostic gospels are dated, at the earliest, 100 years after Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were
written. What does the dating of a gospel tell you regarding its credibility?
3.
Popular books such as The DaVinci Code are based on information and stories that are found in the
Gnostic gospels. Why do you think these alternative stories of Jesus, contrary to the New Testament,
are so intriguing or attractive to people in our culture today?

Watch This!
DVD Wrap Up (2 min. 06 seconds)

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Between Sessions
Read the Gospel of Mark over the next week. You will need to read about three chapters a day. Mark was a
helper to the apostle Paul and was not one of the twelve disciples. His perspective was different from that of
John who was one of Jesus twelve disciples. As you read Mark, how does reading John and Mark help give
you a three dimensional view of Jesus?

Prayer Requests and Closing Prayer

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Session 4
Analyzing Jesus
Supplemental Reading prior to this Session:
The Case for Christ, chapter 9: The Profile Evidence
The Case for Christ, chapter 10: The Fingerprint Evidence
Getting Started
As you read Mark, how does reading John and Mark help give you a three dimensional view of Jesus?

Watch This!
DVD Introduction and Teaching Segment #1 (5 min. 50 seconds)

Scripture Reference
Isaiah 35:3-8 NIV 4 ... Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution he will come to save you. 5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the
ears of the deaf unstopped. 6 Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness and streams in the desert.

Discuss This!
1.
In your opinion, what is the difference between a miracle and an illusion that a magician performs at a
show?
2.
Do you believe that Jesus performed miracles during his ministry? Why?
3.
Many people in Jesus day either believed He was filled with the Spirit of God or filled with power
from evil spirits. What differences might be visible between a good power source and an evil one?
4.
Perhaps the most outrageous thing Jesus did was claim he had the power to forgive sins. Why was this
such an outrageous claim and why did this claim have so much power then and now?
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Additional reading: Miracles performed (Matthew 9:4-6, John 2:1-11, John 5:1-9, John 6:1-13, John 9:1-7,
Luke 5:17-26)

Watch This!
Teaching Segment #2 (7 min. 15 seconds)

Scripture References
Isaiah 9:6 NIV 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his
shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor,[a] Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of
Peace.
Isaiah 53:3-7 NIV 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he
took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him,
and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have
gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
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He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
Zechariah 9:9 NIV 9 Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your
king[a] comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal
of a donkey.
Psalm 22:16 NIV 16 Dogs have surrounded me; a band of evil men has encircled me, they have pierced
[a]
my hands and my feet.
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Discuss This!
1.
Jesus fulfilled forty eight Old Testament prophesies, written hundreds of years before His lifetime.
How does the fulfillment of prophecy strengthen your belief that Jesus was and is the Savior?
2.
Do you think it is possible that Jesus somehow orchestrated the events if His life to fulfill prophecy?
3.
What are the implications for your life if Jesus really was/is the Savior and Redeemer who was
prophesied about in the Old Testament?
4.
What were your thoughts as Lee described the odds that one man could fulfill all forty eight of these
prophecies?
A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral
teacher. He would either be a lunatic on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg
or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is,
the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can
spit at Him and kill him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But
let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has
not left that open to us. He did not intend to.--C.S. Lewis
If Jesus is not fully God, we have no salvation and ultimately no Christianity
(Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology)

Watch This!
DVD Wrap Up (1 min. 50 seconds)

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Luke 9:18-19 NIV


18) Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, Who do the
crowds say I am?
19) They replied, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of
long ago has come back to life. 20
But what about you? he asked. Who do you say I am?
Peter answered, The Christ[a] of God.
On a scale of 1 to 10, who do you say that Jesus is? Circle the number that best describes you at this point in
the investigation. Where do you believe the evidence so far points? Share with the group your answers. How
has the evidence affected your belief in Jesus?
Who do you believe Jesus is?
1---------2---------3---------4---------5---------6---------7---------8---------9---------10
Wasnt a real man

A Real Man

A Good Man

A Good Spiritual Teacher

God in Human
Form

Between Sessions (Action Plan Week 1)


Many of you have already committed your life to Jesus and have walked with him for years. Our hope for you
is that The Case for Christ has equipped you to share your faith with those who do not know Him. Think of a
person that you know who does not believe in the person of Jesus Christ. Commit to praying for that person
every day this week. Pray that God will open a door for you to share who Jesus is with that person in the next
6 weeks.
Prayer Requests and Closing Prayer

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Session 5
Evidence for the Resurrection
Supplemental Reading prior to this Session:
The Case for Christ, chapter 11: The Medical Evidence
The Case for Christ, chapter 12: The Evidence of the Missing Body
The Case for Christ, chapter 13: The Evidence of Appearances

Getting Started
Go around the room and share the name of the person you have been praying for and who doesnt know Jesus.
Tell the group a little about the person and explain why you thought of them.
Watch This!
DVD Introduction and Teaching Segment #1 (4 min. 25 seconds)

Scripture References
Mark 15:15 NIV 15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus
flogged, and handed him over to be crucified.

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Discuss This!
1.
Would proof of the resurrection convince you of Jesus divinity?
2.
Do you think that it is possible that Jesus didnt really die on the cross and his resurrection was a
conspiracy? Explain.
3.
John 19:33-36 details how the soldier pierced Jesus side causing both water and blood to flow out.
Considering the medical knowledge that we have today, how does this small detail add to the credibility
of Jesus death?
Watch This!
Teaching Segment #2 (3 min. 20 seconds)

Scripture References
Luke 24:1 NIV 1 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they
had prepared and went to the tomb.
Matthew 28:12-13 NIV 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave
the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, You are to say, His disciples came during the night
and stole him away while we were asleep.
The burial account (Matthew 27:57-66)
The resurrection (Matthew 28:1-15, John 20:11-18)

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Discuss This!
1.
How convinced are you that Jesus body was securely placed in the tomb after His death?
2.
How does the fact that women discovered the empty tomb actually strengthen the fact that the story of
the resurrection is true?
3.
Virtually everyone at the time (even Jesus enemies) admitted that the tomb was empty. Can you think
of any logical explanation for this, other than the resurrection?

Watch This!
Teaching Segment #3 (3 min. 25 seconds)

Scripture References
1 Corinthians 15:4-8 NIV 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the
Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more
than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have
fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me
also, as to one abnormally born.
The appearances (Acts 1:1-3, Acts 13:29-31, John 21:4-14)

Discuss This!
1.
What is your conclusion concerning the resurrection of Jesus? What evidence do you find most
convincing?
2.
In 1 Corinthians 15:14, Paul states that if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is
our faith. Why is the resurrection the most critical part of the Christian faith?

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Watch This!
DVD Wrap Up (1 min. 30 seconds)

Between Sessions (Action Plan Week 2)


This week, make contact with the person that you prayed for last week who does not know Jesus Christ and
invite them to go out to lunch or dinner. The goal of this outing is to invest time in someone who does not
know Christ. Feel no pressure to share or have a spiritual conversation unless it comes up naturally. The goal
is to connect or reconnect with that person. Pray every day that God will open a door for you to share your
faith in the next month. At the beginning of the next session, tell your group about your friend you hope to
share your faith with.

Prayer Requests and Closing Prayer

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Session 6
Reaching Your Verdict
Supplemental Reading prior to this Session:
The Case for Christ, conclusion: The Verdict of History
Getting Started
Over the past week you should have went to lunch or made contact with a person who does not know Jesus.
Go around the group and share what happened when you got together with your friend.

Watch This!
DVD Introduction and Teaching Segment #1 (8 min. 30 seconds)

Scripture Refernces
2 Corinthians 11:23 NIV 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am
more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and
been exposed to death again and again.

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Discuss This!
1.
Some people claim that the death and resurrection of Jesus was all a hoax. What evidence is there to
support these theories?
2.
If in fact, Jesus had not risen from the grave, what did the disciples have to gain (money, power, status)
by falsely claiming that he had?
3.
Would you be beaten, spit upon, and killed for something that was a lie?
4.
How can you explain the radical transformation in the apostles from defeated, scared men after Jesus
death into the bold proclaimers of the Gospel to the world?

Watch This!
Teaching Segment #2 (3 min. 40 seconds)

Scripture References
John 8:32 NIV 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

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Discuss This!
1.
How well do you feel this study has allowed you to investigate the true identity of Jesus and the claims
of Christianity?
2.
Have you ever observed a person completely transform their lives after coming to know Jesus? What
is your explanation for this?
3.
What is the most difficult part of living the Christian life? What is the most exciting part of living the
Christian life?

Every other faith system is based on what we can DO, Christianity alone is based upon what has already
been DONE for us Lee Strobel

Watch This!
DVD Wrap Up (2 min. 50 seconds)

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Luke 9:18-19 NIV


18) Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, Who do the
crowds say I am?
19) They replied, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of
long ago has come back to life.
But what about you? he asked. Who do you say I am? Peter answered, The Christ[a] of God.
On a scale of 1 to 10, who do you say that Jesus is? Circle the number that best describes you at this point in
the investigation. Where do you believe the evidence points? Share with the group your answers. How will
this verdict change your life moving forward?
Who do you believe Jesus is?
1---------2---------3---------4---------5---------6---------7---------8---------9---------10
Wasnt a real man

A Real Man

A Good Man

A Good Spiritual Teacher

God in Human
Form

If you have never taken that step to fallow Jesus, please stop right now and surrender
your life and pray this prayer. Pray this prayer as a group.
Pray this prayer out loud as a group

Dear God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You

up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I
acknowledge the completed work of Your Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross at Calvary, and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice.
Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior.
From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in Jesus' precious and holy
name. Amen."

If you prayed this prayer for the first time tell someone in your group tonight so that they
can pray for you and help start you on your journey as a new Christian. Also, please use
the contact information in the front of this study guide to contact Westlink Christian
Church so that we can help you start your journey.

Prayer Requests and Closing Prayer

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Conclusion and Follow-up


We hope that The Case for Christ has been a great journey for you personally. If you went through this study
and still have questions about Jesus. please visit our website at www.westlink.org to get more information to
help you continue your journey. The people in your group can also play a vital role as you continue to wrestle
with the truth about Jesus.
If you are a Christian or you just became a Christian your journey is not complete. You must take the truth
you have learned to others. If you have started the action plan in this study, you have started building a relationship with a person who does not know Jesus. Below is an action plan for you to continue over the next
month. Our prayer is that God will help you share your faith with this person. Some of you may join with
God and lead someone to faith in Jesus over the next month. Some of you may be planting a lifesaving seed
in a persons heart that will not grow for years and eventually they may seek the God who loves them.
We are praying for you and are here to support you along the way. Visit www.westlink.org or call 316-7228020 for support. The greatest support you have is the Holy Spirit. The second greatest support you have in
this journey is the people in your Home Team. Continue to share, encourage, and strengthen one another as
you share The Case for Christ.

Action Plan Week 3


Make an effort to give something to your friend. Maybe at lunch they expressed a need that you could
meet. The gift can be simple. The purpose of the gift is to demonstrate Gods love in a tangible way.
Pray that God will use your gift to open a door for a spiritual conversation with that person.
Action Plan Week 4
What is that person interested in? Maybe its watching sports, watching movies, playing golf, etc. Get
together with that person this week for these interests. This can be a great time to talk about your spiritual journey. Look for opportunities to talk about your journey.

Action Plan Week 5


Invite the person and their family over to your house for dinner. This is a great way to let a person into
your life. Try to ask them a little about their spiritual journey. See the list of spiritual conversation
starters on the following page. Be prepared to share your personal testimony. Writing your testimony
can be a way of preparing you to share it. See the following pages for tips of writing your personal testimony.

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Action Plan Week 6


Invite this person to lunch and ask them if they want to know Jesus. The previous week should have
planted the seeds for this discussion. Before your lunch, review the Case for Christ to prepare you for
questions about Jesus that they may have. See the attached resources for leading someone to Christ. If
they person is not interested, do not feel defeated. You have planted a seed in their life that you or
someone else may harvest later. If they accept Christ, your future relationship with them is critical for
their growth, but if they do not come to Christ now, your continuing relationship with them is just as
important. They are on a journey and they need you to be a part of it!

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Spiritual Conversation Openers


This list is not designed to be pulled out of your pocket or purse as you start talking to someone. These are given to demonstrate the
variety of ways that a conversation can be steered to a deeper level.

What gives most meaning to your life?


What, or who, are your sources of strength in your day-to-day living?
When you have problems or crises, how do you manage to get through them?
Is religion or God important to you?
Does God (or a Higher Power) seem personal to you?
Do you feel close to or far away from God?
What do you imagine that God is like?
Can you point to things that God has done for you?
Are you comfortable with what you understand to be God's guidelines and laws for living?
Do you feel there are barriers of some type separating you from God?
Have you ever been mad or upset with God?
Have you ever done something for which you feel God could not forgive you?
Do you think God has a plan for each person's life?
What would it take for you to live up to what God expects of you?
What kinds of religious material do you like to read?
Have you read much of the Bible?
Is prayer a meaningful part of your devotional life?
Are you involved in a church?
What you get out of being involved in a church?
Do you personally know anyone who is the pastor of a church?
Are you a member of accountability or nurturing group in your church?
Has being ill made any difference in your thinking or feeling about God or your religious faith?
How has being ill affected your devotional life?
When you are ill, do you ever have feelings that God is punishing you or that it is His will for you to be sick?
How do you feel about suffering?
Do you trust God with your future?

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Personal Testimony Worksheet


There are three reasons why personal testimonies impact people.
People who know you are interested in you and your life.
Other people can relate to your story.
They can't argue with the fact that your life has been changed.
Pauls Testimony
Read Acts 26 to hear Paul telling his story.
Acts 26: 4-11 Before
Acts 26:12-18 How
Acts 26:19-23 After
Your answers to the following questions form your salvation testimony.
Before: your life before you knew Christ
Before you came to Christ, where were you spiritually? How did that affect you -- your feelings
attitudes, actions, and relationships?
Before you became a Believer, what were some ways God began drawing you to Christ?
How: your conversion
What motivated you to invite Christ into your life as Lord and Savior?
Specifically, how did you come to Christ, receive His forgiveness and submit to His Lordship?
If a church played a part in your conversion, how did you come in contact with that congregation?
Who and what do you remember from your first visits?
After: your new walk with Christ
What changed in your life after you accepted Jesus as your Savior?
Finish this sentence: "My prayer is....
Answering these questions will help you share your faith. Remember you are telling the story of Before, How,
and After. For more resources visit www.westlink.org

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How to lead a person to Christ


By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
Billy Graham / Bill Bright four-step process Campus Crusade:
Step one: Gods purpose, peace, and love. God wants you to experience peace and life abundantly and eternally (Romans 5:1, John 3:16, 10:10).
Step Two: Our problem: Separation. God created us in His own image to have abundant life. He did not make
us robots to automatically love and obey Him but gave us the gift of free choice. Hence, we chose to disobey
God on our own will, which resulted in our separation (Romans 3:23, 6:23). Our attempts through the ages
have failed to bridge the gap (Isaiah 59:2, Proverbs 14:12).
Step Three: Gods remedy: The cross. Jesus Christ is the only answer to this problem. He died on the cross,
rose from the grave, and paid our penalty (I Timothy 2:5, I Peter 3:18, Romans 5:8).
Step Four: Our Response. To receive Christ, we must trust in Him by personal invitation (Revelation 3:20,
John 1:12, Romans 10:9). Then pray with the individual and make sure they receive discipling. And focus on
the basics, which include prayer, scripture, devotional life, accountability, and discipleship.

Priorities: We should see a church that is growing in Jesus Christ in three priorities:
First, worship, praise and study (Philippians 3:10).
Second, growing in a relationship with other believers and discipleship (Matthew 5:23, Proverbs
17:17).
Third, reaching our friends, neighbors, and the world (Matthew 28, Genesis 12:1-3).

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The Romans Road


The Romans Road is a group of Bible verses from the book of Romans that are used to help people better
understand Salvation, and to lead people to Christ. (Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23, 10:9-10, 10:13)
The First thing you have to realize is that YOU ARE a sinner. -Romans 3:23 states, "For all have
sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
We are ALL sinners. But, God loves us and He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our
sins.
Next realize that God Loves YOU. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates his own love for us in
this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."* There is no greater love than that someone would
lay down their life for a friend. That's what Christ did for us.
Without Him, you're literally doomed. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God
is eternal life through Jesus Christ." Yes, the wages of sin is death, but God has given us the privilege
of Eternal life in Christ. It's a gift, you don't have to work for it, just ASK! What a gift!!!
Confess your sins.... Romans 10:9-10, "That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord', and
believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart
that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved" Romans
10:13, "For Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord, will be saved."
That's all you have to do! (Call on the name of Jesus and ask him into your heart, and you will be saved from
the eternal pits of Hell!
THE PRAYER.... If you honestly, in your heart, believe everything that was said here, pray this prayer:
Dear Jesus, I KNOW I am a sinner. I know that you were sent by God to die on the cross, to save me from my
sins. I ask you now to forgive me of the sins I have committed, and come into my heart. Thank you for dying
on the cross for me. From this day forward, I will follow your will and serve you. AMEN.
If you prayed that Prayer, and believe, welcome to the kingdom of God! We wish you would share this with a
friend or family member, and we would love to hear from you.

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What Next?
Help and Make sure that person will:

Find a Church. Now you will need to find a church, so you can join the family of God. They will be
there to lead you down the path of Christian living. They are not only spiritual guides, but also can be
very close friends. They will always be there when you need them.

Get a Bible. A Bible is one of the most important tools for a Christian. I would recommend an NLT
(New Living Translation) or the NIV (New International Version). A study Bible is the best. If you
would rather read a more literal translation of the Bible, you should get a NASB (New American
Standard) or KJV (King James Version).

Pray daily. Praying is another important factor. Pick a time that everyday; you have quiet time to pray
everyday. Such as before you go to bed, or when you get up in the morning. See our Article Drawing
Near to the Heart of God and others on our Discipleship Channel for more information and helps!

Whatever approach you use, never argue or condemn the other person's beliefs. Focus on God's love for the
person, Jesus' death on the cross for our sins, His resurrection, and the person's need to make a commitment to
follow Christ. Invite the person to actually pray with you and commit his or her life to Christ.

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