Over the last few months, we have been focusing in on our efforts to know, understand, and share the gospel with others.
The Gospel is the message that God uses to save people from sin and to reconcile them to Himself (Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 5:20). Since this is the message His ambassadors carry into this world, we desire to be faithful to it. In our efforts to explain this message, keep in mind these 4 key ideas – GOD. MAN. CHRIST. RESPONSE. (Click here to see a summary of this tool.)
If you can 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.
It all starts with God
When considering God, there is no end to what you could say. But, in speaking to a non-Christian, there are two key ideas on which to focus:
1) God is the loving creator
Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
The Bible is clear that God is the source of all things. As Creator, He knows what is best for His creation and acts in kindness and love to uphold and sustain what He has made. (Psalm 145:16-17)
2) He is the righteous ruler
The truth that God is the creator of all things is the basis on which the Bible describes Him as the Lord of all and therefore the only one worthy of true worship. So, it’s not that God is ruler simply because He is bigger and more powerful than us; it is because He created us!The truth that God is the creator of all things is the basis on which the Bible describes Him as the Lord of all and therefore the only one worthy of true worship. Click To Tweet
Therefore, as His creation, we owe God honor, glory, and worship. But we don’t just owe it to Him, as His creation, we were designed to live under God’s loving rule and find our true joy and satisfaction in a relationship with Him!
Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created. (Revelation 4:11)
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
In our postmodern, post-Christian world, we should never assume that people believe in or know the God of the Bible. Sure, some confess belief in a “higher power”. Others may even use the language of “trusting in” or “praying to” God. Yet, if you pry a little, you may find that there is not a true belief or understanding of the one true creator God of the Bible. Many that say they believe in the God of the Bible hold to faulty assumptions about Him. Popular thought and even teaching about the nature and character of God have resulted in distorted views of God’s holiness, love, justice, etc.
Without a clear understanding of God as the loving creator and righteous ruler, we would not have a proper understanding of our sin and the judgment deserved. As a result, we would miss the significance of Jesus’ death and resurrection and dismiss the call to repent and believe as irrelevant.
Implication for Evangelism
Because of the pride that is innate in our fallen humanness, we must know who God is before we can truly understand our need for Him. If we don’t start with God and the worship He alone deserves, evangelism may end up being all about man and the life he desires. If we start with ourselves, the tendency would be to communicate that God is simply a way to make us happy.
But that misses the whole point!If we don’t start with God and the worship He alone deserves, evangelism may end up being all about man and the life he desires. Click To Tweet
The Gospel is about Who God is and the honor and glory He alone deserves (John 4:23-24). In our evangelism, let’s exalt the God of the Bible as the one true creator and loving, righteous ruler of all things and call people to this perspective of humanity’s created purpose.
- The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer
- For the Sake of His Name, David Doran
- God is the Gospel, John Piper