Last week I wrote about the challenge in 2020 of moving from being a victim of circumstances to learning about life. Let me give you another challenge for the New Year: Master and then share the gospel.
Every believer needs to be able to clearly and concisely present the gospel to an unbeliever. I am impressed that when Paul, who was in prison for his preaching of the gospel, asked other believers to pray for him, he asked that he might proclaim the gospel with clarity and boldness (see Ephesians 6:19).
Paul was one of the greatest evangelists of all time, and yet he desired to present the gospel even more effectively and boldly. This should remind us that presenting the gospel is never easy. The facts of the gospel are simple; but communicating them clearly can be a challenge. That's why Paul who suffered so much for the gospel, asked for boldness and the ability to preach the gospel clearly.
The single greatest help to me in my own personal witnessing has been to learn a particular pattern of presenting the gospel. After I mastered the basic presentation, I learned to vary it from time to time and person to person.
As a reminder I believe there are the three basic truths a person must
understand and communicate:
Man's Problem: All men are sinners and sin separates us from God. (Romans 3:10,23; 6:23)
God's Solution: Jesus Christ, God's Son, came and died on the cross for my sins taking the full punishment that I deserved. That is God's only provision for man's sin. (Romans 5:8, 2 Cor 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18)
Our Responsibility: Exercise Saving Faith - we need to claim by personal choice that we are going to rely exclusively on Christ's death and resurrection as our only hope for heaven and the forgiveness of sins. (John 1:12; 3:16, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9-10)
The key in it all is to keep it simple so that even a child can understand the truth. We pray for open doors and for boldness to present the truth. We have to be ready to take advantage of the opportunities when they arise.
Remember, the goal in presenting the gospel is not to impress people with what a great Bible scholar you are or to wow them with all the verses you have memorized. It is to help them understand clearly what God says about their condition and His salvation. You have the verses. You have the points.
Challenge yourself this week to share the gospel with someone. We do it because we have something to share.