The Jerusalem Priority is an outreach emphasis program. The curriculum is designed to assist churches in reaching their communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The materials are provided for churches to use during a four-week outreach campaign each year. The target month is October, but the curriculum is undated and can be used anytime. The focus will be on evangelism and outreach for four consecutive Sundays during the selected month. The curriculum includes sermon outlines and Bible lessons for the teachers and students. Promotional materials include bulletin covers and inserts, doorknob hangers, invitation cards, postcards, publicity posters and vinyl banner. Other items include a salvation tract and an evangelistic survey.
The Leader’s Manual explains the program and includes ideas on how to involve your entire church in the outreach campaign. Church members will have the opportunity to invite friends, acquaintances and family to attend worship services and Bible study. Many will have the privilege of sharing their faith with friends and family during the process.
The leadership of the pastor is instrumental in implementing and executing the program. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit is essential. Psalm 127:1,“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it.” Prayer will be the most important part of the process. Pray that souls will be saved, people will be baptized and new Christians will be discipled.
2009 Theme - Get Connected
Teacher and Student Bible Lessons
The Bible Lessons are intended to motivate the students to get connected with others and share the gospel with them.
Week 1 – Connect with God (1 Peter 3:15, 16)
Week 2 – Connect with the Gospel (Romans 1:16)
Week 3 – Connect with People (2 Timothy 4:2)
Week 4 – Connect with Courage (2 Timothy 1:7)
The sermon outlines are evangelistic. They are designed to encourage people to accept Jesus Christ as Savior. The following sermon outlines contain sermon notes and examples of illustrations. It has been our desire to provide basic outlines with sufficient notes to prompt thought and further development of each sermon by the individual pastor. We fully realize that each pastor’s situation is unique. His church and community differ from any other. Therefore, we encourage each pastor to take these sermon outlines and make them his own.
Week 1 – Connecting with Family (John 3:1-18) As church members invite family members to church with them, we want to point them to their need to be born into God’s family.
Week 2 – Connecting with Friends (John 1:43-51) Prayerfully your people will invite friends to church with them on this special day. By the end of their time with us, we want to have introduced them to the eternal friend, Jesus Christ.
Week 3 – Connecting with Eternity (John 14:1-6) The third Sunday’s emphasis involves the coworkers of our church membership. Given that the work setting does not always permit the opportunity to clearly share the gospel, this sermon is designed to give a clear and concise gospel presentation.
Week 4 – Connecting the Missing Pieces On this Sunday we are connecting with our neighbors. These are people who may or may not be saved, but who see us go about our Christian lives often times from a distance. As they attend church with us, we want to address several pieces of the puzzle that may be missing in their lives.