This is a visual role-play involving people from the group, so you will need 8 people to take part. The following gives the sequence of people who will participate:
JESUS - Begin by selecting someone to come to the front who will represent Jesus. Explain that He came to teach, proclaim the Kingdom, heal, and so forth--but that His primary task was raising up the disciples (John 17.4).
PETER - Select a second person to come and stand next to "Jesus" and that he represents Peter, who was one of the Twelve. Explain how Peter stepped up boldly to proclaim the gospel on the Day of Pentecost where 3,000 people became believers.
BARNABAS - Select another person to come stand next to "Peter" who will represent Barnabas. This was a man who was probably among the 3,000 at Pentecost. He went to Antioch to gather believers to form a new church. He also went away to find Saul and bring him back to Antioch, where they worked together for a year.
PAUL - Select another person to come stand next to "Barnabas" to represent Saul, who later was called Paul. Explain how he had become a believer but that the other believers did not trust him, except that Barnabas gave him credibility. Eventually, the two of them left Antioch on the first missionary journey.
TIMOTHY - Select a person to stand next to "Paul" to represent Timothy. Explain how Paul found him on the Second Journey and took him under his wing, trained him, and entrusted him to the work at places like Thessalonica and Ephesus.
EPAPHRAS - Select someone to stand next to "Timothy" who will represent Epaphras. This man, who was from Colosse, was evidently influenced by Paul, but also by Timothy. Not only did he bring the gospel to Colosse, but he is also known for fervently praying for those people.
ARCHIPPUS - Select someone to stand next to "Epaphras" to represent Archippus. Explain how Epaphras likely had a strong influence in this man's life, and how he became known as a "fellow soldier" in the work. Archippus probably had a strong influence in the life of a woman named Nympha.
NYMPHA - Select a woman to come to the front to stand next to "Archippus," who will be Nympha. This lady was from the area of Colosse and hosted a church in her house.
After bringing everyone to the front, and having explained this sequence, you can do a quick review. Then go back to someone in the lineup--Barnabas, for example--and have them step out of line. Ask what would have happened if Barnabas had chosen not to meet with Paul to encourage him and give him credibility before the other believers. It will be clear that the rest of the "chain" would not be influenced.
At this point you can ask the probling question, "The gospel has come to you through an unbroken chain. Will the unbroken chain end with you?"
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Alphabetical Listing of Training Elements
Acts 2 Study
Allen, Roland - Strategic Points
Allen, Roland - Substance of Paul’s Preaching
Allen, Roland - The Teaching
Are We Disciples of Jesus Christ
Balance in the Five-Fold Ministry
Banyan Trees and Banana Trees
Breaking the Rules
Church Identity Triangle
Coleman, Robert - The Master's Plan
Creation to Christ Story
Creative Problem Solving
Dead Sea and Sea of Galilee
Disciple-Making and Raising Children
Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Believers
Discovery Bible Study (DBS) - AIM for Unbelievers
Ee-Taow, Part 1
Ee-Taow, Part 2
Eims, Leroy - Biblical Examples
Eims, Leroy - Early Church
Eims, Leroy - Two Examples
Forces of Light and Darkness
Four Kinds of Disciples
Four Stages / Four Fields
Generational Growth Mapping
Gospel on the Hand
Great Commission Partnership
Hope in a Broken World
Ibraham, Ishtak - Reaching Muslim People
Inward & Outward Focus
Know - Be - Do
Lockridge, SM - My King
McGavran, Donald - Pattern of the Great Century
McGavran, Donald - People Movements
New Life in Christ
Oikos (Network) Map
Parable of the Cornfield
Patterson, George - Spontaneous Multiplication
Paul's Development Through 5 Levels of Leadership
Paul's Discipleship Model
Paul's Three Journeys
Person of Peace
Quotes & Verses Posters
Richardson, Don - Concept Fulfillment
Richardson, Don - Finding the Eye Opener
Schindler's List—'I Could Have Done More'
Schwartz, Glenn - Dependency
Sending Narratives Study
Simson, Wolfgang - Fathering
Simson, Wolfgang - Fivefold Ministry
Simson, Wolfgang - House Churches
Small Group Sizes
Smith, Steve - The T4T Story
Stott, John - The Bible in World Evangelization
Testimony (Personal Story)
The Bold Parts
The Five-Fold Ministry in the Four Stages
The Four Fields and the Great Commission
The Great Commission of Abraham
The Great Story
The Left Side of the Graph
The Lorax—'Plant the Seed'
The Peter Pathway
The Romans Road
The Traffic Light
The Word on the Street
Three Great Commands and AIM Pattern
THUMB - Religious Groups
Training Faithful Trainers (TFT)
Triangle and Square
Witness Model Zone
Witnessing to Catholics
Your New Journey