The first blog post here at The Battle Cry was called The Great Privilege. Guess what? We’ll say it again – sharing the gospel, the Good News is THE greatest privilege ever given by God in Heaven to His children on Earth!
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” – Rom 10:14-15
Face it. God doesn’t need us, He has chosen to use us as ‘means’ by which He saves His people. Yes, the Bible says that “He who wins souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30, but do we do the “winning”, or does God win souls for His Kingdom through us? Sure, Agrippa told Paul that he was almost persuaded to be a Christian (Acts 26), but who does the actual persuading, the messenger or the one who opens hearts and minds to receive the message, the Holy Spirit of God (Acts 16)?
As often as we bumble and stumble with Hi gospel message, God has never changed His plan! You don’t have to have a special ‘gift’ of evangelism, although there are some who are so gifted; all you need to be able to do is explain a few basic truths you should already know to whomever you are ‘sent’.
1. Man is alienated from God because of sin, and we all stand guilty before a Holy and Just God (Rom 3:23). There are serious consequences as a result of sin (Rom 6:23a)
2. God has provided an answer to the ‘sin’ problem through the sacrifice of His own Son in the sinner’s place (Rom 6:23b, Rom 5:8).
3. It is the responsibility of everyone who would be saved from their sin to acknowledge that sin, repent (turn from sin and toward God), and believe the good news (Mark 1:15).
4. There is a cost associated with becoming a genuine follower of Christ. A person who doesn’t want to count the cost might not be ready for the gift of salvation (Luke 18:18-23).
Evangelism is not a ‘canned’ method, it is knowing and experiencing in one’s own life the above truths and sharing them with others. The scripture references provided are not the only passages that can be used to present the message, nor are the particular ‘words’ presented above the words you must use. The truths presented are what you need to communicate so that the hearer understands them.
I encourage you to just think about these truths and ‘how’ you share the gospel today. Do you present the ‘gospel of addition’ that people just need to add Jesus to their lives to solve all their ‘life’ problems? Or do you take the conversation to the the only truths that can actually save a person from an eternity in Hell?
And remember, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is STILL the great privilege!