We believe that the local church is God’s primary means of getting the message of the Gospel to the world. Since the New Testament indicates that the proclamation of the gospel is the responsibility of each member of the body, then we want to commit to understand and proclaim the Gospel locally, nationally, and globally.
As a church, we call this priority intentional evangelism.
We lovingly proclaim the gospel to all kinds of people and call them to respond in repentance and faith.
Recently, our church was introduced to both a way of thinking about the gospel, and a simple tool so that we could all be equipped to engage our friends, neighbors, and co-workers in gospel conversations.
A way of thinking
If you are a child of God, you are an Ambassador of Jesus to this world (2 Corinthians 5:20). Embracing this identity keeps us from isolating evangelism to an event we do at times. Instead, it reminds us that we are always on mission – no matter what, where, who, when, etc. As His ambassadors, we are commissioned to go into all the world and declare His message. In order to be faithful, we need to be able to accurately and attractively articulate the message of Christ – a message that God uses to save people from sin to Himself (Romans 1:16).Embracing our identity as ambassadors of Christ keeps us from isolating evangelism to an event we do at times. Instead, it reminds us that we are always on mission – no matter what, where, who, when, etc. Click To Tweet
If you were asked to briefly summarize the message of the Gospel, could you do it? It may surprise you how many Christians find it difficult to do so. It’s not that they don’t believe the gospel – they do. It’s not that they are ignorant of the Bible — many know their Bibles well. But, just because you believe the Gospel doesn’t mean you can communicate it clearly to an unbeliever. As ambassadors, we must learn how to clearly share the good news of Jesus with others!
In your efforts to explain the message of Christianity to someone, you should keep in mind 4 key ideas. If you will become very familiar with these points, you should be able to have gospel conversations in ways that are personable, engaging, respectful, and faithful to Scripture.
In these 4 points, we are asking some basic questions and looking to the Bible to provide direction.
- What does a person need to know about God?
- He is the Loving Creator and Righteous Ruler
- Genesis 1:1; Revelation 4:11
- What does a person need to understand about humanity?
- We are rebellious creatures and condemned sinners
- Romans 3:10-12; Hebrews 9:27
- What does a person need to believe about Jesus?
- He is our sinless substitute and risen Lord
- 1 Peter 3:18a; Philippians 2:9-11
- How is a person to respond to this message?
- We are to submit to Jesus (repent) and depend (believe) on Him
- Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 10:9
As a church family, we want to at least memorize the outline and the verses. Remember – this in not some “sales pitch” to quote to someone; this is a biblical framework for having gospel conversations. Think of these points as “hooks to hang your thoughts on”.
A simple tool
Along with that, we have developed a visual concept to allow you to illustrate the conversation. It allows another person to visualize the message you are explaining to them and helps them see what it means to believe the gospel and become a true follower of Jesus.
In the following posts here at LBCEquip, we’ll discuss some of the theological themes of God–Man–Christ–Repsonse that you should think through in order to be equipped to answer questions and accurately explain the concepts represented here. We pray that each member will commit to being equipped in this way!
God. Man. Christ. Response. If you will become very familiar with these points, you should be able to have gospel conversations in ways that are personable, engaging, respectful, and faithful to Scripture. Click To Tweet
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes. Romans 1:16