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the master plan of evangelism

(discussion guide)
LESSON ONE

Read the Introduction, Preface, and Chapter 1 “Selection” of Cole-
man’s The Master Plan of Evangelism and answer the follow ques-
tions:

1. According to Coleman, what were some of the main
characteristics of the men Jesus chose as His disciples?

2. Fill in the blanks of the principle from Coleman’s book. The
more ____________ the size of the group being taught, the
greater the opportunity for effective ___________.

3. According to Coleman what was Jesus’ strategy for “saving
the world”?

4. Explain and react to this statement of Coleman’s: “One must
decide where he wants his ministry to count in the momentary
applause of popular recognition or in the reproduction of his
life in a few dozen men who will carry on his work after he is
gone.”

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LESSON TWO

Read chapters 2 and 3 of Coleman’s Master Plan of Evangelism and
answer the following questions:

1. The one thing that Jesus asked his disciples to do was to
______________Him. (Chapter 2).

2. What are some practical ways that we can associate with our
disciples?

3. What will it cost us to be “closely associated” with a person or a
group of persons that we are trying to shepherd?

4. Explain in your own words “the way of the cross” discussed by
Coleman in Chapter 3.

5. Coleman makes the following statement, “One simply could
not follow Jesus through the course of His life without turning
loose of the world, and those who made a pretense of it,
brought only anguish and tragedy to their souls.” Describe
some “anguish” that you have experienced in your struggle to
hold on to or turn loose of the things of this world.

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LESSON THREE

Read chapters 4 and 5 of Coleman’s Master Plan of Evangelism and
answer the following questions:

1. What does Coleman mean in Chapter 4 of his book, by his
statement that “Jesus gave His life away”?

Read again the section of chapter 4 entitled “The Compulsion of
Evangelism” and describe some ways that you could deny yourself
and embrace some things that others despise in order to show
your friends and neighbors that you love them and Jesus loves
them.

2. Fill in the blanks from chapter 5:

a. People are looking for a ____________________ not an
explanation.

b. Knowledge unapplied to living can become a
____________________ to further
____________________.

LESSON FOUR

Read chapter 6 (Delegation) of Coleman’s Master Plan of Evange-
lism and answer the following questions:

1. Coleman points out that we possess a revolutionary gospel
and it should affect a revolutionary ____________________ in
the way people think and act.

2. Describe some practical ways that you can delegate “the work
of the ministry” (Eph. 4:12) to your small group members?

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LESSON FIVE

Read chapter 7 (Supervision) of Coleman’s Master Plan of Evange-
lism and answer the following questions:

1. Fill in the blank which illustrates a principle from Chapter 7 of
Coleman’s book. One always appreciates an
__________________ more after he has had the opportunity
to ____________________ what he knows.

2. Explain Jesus’ pattern of supervision as described by Coleman.

LESSON SIX

1. Finish reading Coleman’s book, and then in the following space
write out your plan for fulfilling the Great Commission.

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