Two Ways To Live

Philip Jensen (Anglican Diocese of Sydney) developed this seven-session course primarily for Christian university students needing to gain clarity about the Christian gospel and learn to share their faith. Two Ways to Live has been used over twenty years by the team at the Anglican Chaplaincy at the University of NSW, Sydney, and was recently updated by Matthias Media.

Seminar, small groups

Styles of Learning

Two Ways To Live ImageReading, discussion, practical assignments

Number of sessions

Length of sessions
90 – 12o minutes

(1) a sound and thorough knowledge of what the gospel is
(2) the ability to share it with someone else clearly and naturally when the opportunity arises.

Theological Perspective
Conservative Evangelical (Sydney Anglican)

Age Group
Young Adult

Specific leadership requirements

Country of origin

Available in languages other than English

Resources provided
Leader’s Manual $9.50
Participant’s Manual/enahanced audio CD includes 2 talks on understanding tghe gospel, and multimedia resources to help learn the Two Ways to Live outline. $15
Training Video/DVD $48.50

The training course is linked with resources for Evangelistic Bible studies (1 hour) and Evangelistic resources (booklet, CD Rom)

Where to purchase
Online at Matthias Media

Technology needed
DVD/Video – optional

Web site

National/Regional Advisors

Uniting Church Congregations using Two Ways to Live


Gospel Outline (memorised then naturalised)

God is the loving ruler of the world. He made the world. He made us rulers of the world under him.
We all reject the ruler – God – by trying to run life our own way without him. But we fail to rule ourselves or society or the world.
God won’t let us rebel forever. God’s punishment for rebellion is death and judgment.
Because of this love, God sent his Son into the world: the man Jesus Christ. Jesus always lived under God’s rule. Yet by dying in our place he took our punishment and brought forgiveness.
God raised Jesus to life again as the ruler of the world. Jesus has conquered death, now gives new life, and will return to judge.
The two ways to live:
A: Our way – reject the ruler – God and try to run our life our own way, resulting in being condemned by God and facing death and judgment.

B: God’s new way – submit to Jesus as our ruler, rely on Jesus’ death and resurrection, resulting in being forgiven by God and being given eternal life.

The first question you must ask yourself is “Which way do you I want to live?”

Response involves

1. Talk to God
2. Submit to Jesus
3. Keep trusting

3 thoughts on “Two Ways To Live

  1. Stephen

    Ok Duncan I found your blog 😉

    I ran this with a small group of about 8 last year (or may be the year before?). It was made up of 20 to 35 year olds, with a male/female ratio of 50/50.

    We are all good Uniting Church memebers, although we have one suspect Anglican, and we all all from the same church, Coopers Plains UCA in Coopers Plains/Salisbury, Queensland, Aust.

    From it I derived the “famous” (amongst our small groupies) and often used quote:
    “Ladies and Gentlemen, there are TWO WAYS TO LIVE”

    I think I can safely say that that the resource is clear, systematic and unambiguous (like just about all Matthias Media resources). Which helps you to see exactly here they are coming from. I found it to be an excellent summary of the basics of the christian world view, and very suitable for the “biblically illiterate” Christian.

    There was a CD-Rom which I got at the same time. This was also very helpful as it had a number of people being interviewed about what they believed about various aspects of Christianity I finally lent this to Cameron T’s cousin (get it back, Cameron).

    Not everone in the group was enamoured of the “homework” (learning the TWO WAYS TO LIVE gospel presentation, including diagrams and memory verses, and
    presenting this gospel to a neighbour or colleague). the sessions tended to get bit a “talky” as we left out this “experiential” component (possibly because we are quite a lazy bunch!).

    Some people also didn’t like the way the presentation led to a challenge to “repent and believe”, but as it says about itelf, the Two Ways to Live resource is just a framework, not a formula. It may be said that perhaps those who complained were similarly challenged.

    There is a website to try if you like: (What is Two Ways to Live)


    …which is essentially the two ways to live presenation that you both receive and learn how to give it.

    Matthias Media have rejigged the resource since we did it so I haven’t seen the “new and improved” version.

    That’s my two cents.

  2. Stephen

    Ok some more for your your lovely website on Christian Education Resources.

    There is another site like yours that (in part) looks at Evangelistic resources, though not as exhaustively as you, called 9 Marks

    Here’s a quote:
    “We’re all looking for help on how to do evangelism. So what’s out there? Are all evangelistic tools equal? We critiqued and compared six of today’s most popular evangelism courses to see which ones were most Biblically sound and practically useful. Go ahead – take ’em for a test drive.”

    They look at Simply Christianity, Alpha, Coming Alive, Discovering Christinaity, Christinaity Explained and Christianity Explored.

    You can download the PDF chart of their results here

    The Course Commentaryis the written review of just about the same stuff.

    The 9Marks website also host a FREE 98 page PDF download of their own 13 Week Evangelism course, which on quick inspection seemed to be based heavily on “Two Ways to Live”

  3. Glen Connor

    I was taught to explain the Gospel using the Two Ways to Live outline and found it very helpful. It is very clear, systematic and biblical.

    It is very difficult to call people to “repent and believe.” But in the Bible that is how people are told to respond to the Gospel. So I see this as a strength of the outline: it includes those words and so helps us to pass on God’s message and summons to people. If the words were not in the outline then I would easily omit this part.

    Since the outline is very systematic it can also help us in areas besides evangelism. The outline is basically:
    1. creation
    2. sin
    3. judgment
    4. salvation in Christ because of God’s love
    5. resurrection and Lordship
    6. our response

    Since this is a faithful summary of many important themes of scripture it can be used in other ways.
    e.g. I have found the outline can be used to help explain suffering in our world. (If a person is undergoing suffering then that may be the time to show compassion rather than giving a systematic theology.) God created the world good and without suffering, but man turned against God (sinned) and have messed up the world. We hurt one another and we damage the world, so there is suffering because we try to live without God and because we have broken our relationship with him and deserve his judgment. But God in love entered our broken world and took our sin upon himself on the cross. Jesus rose to new life as Lord and will return to bring a new world with no more suffering. The right response is to repent of our sin and trust in Jesus as our saviour and Lord.

    That is just an example of how a systematic and biblical presentation of the Gospel can then become a basis for dealing with many issues in life or apologetics.

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