Paul said in Romans 1:16-17- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.””
This post came about from two things: 1. the constant reminder from the Holy Spirit of the passage mentioned above. 2. The Introduction and first few pages of the book, “The Underestimated Gospel.” edited by Jonathan Leeman and published by Broadman and Holman.
The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ died for sinners, was buried, rose again the third day, ascended to heaven, and lives eternally to save sinners. How do we discover news? We read it in a magazine. We hear it on the radio, or we watch it on video. The gospel is news that must be shared. Later in Romans 10:17 Paul writes, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” So, how do we share this message so that people may hear and come to faith in Christ?
1. We Study the Message
Do you know how to articulate the gospel message? Are you reminding yourself daily of what Christ has done for you? Do you have a plan for studying the scriptures systematically so that you are skilled in guiding people that you converse with to relevant Bible passages? This is a process and it is ok to not have all of the answers. In fact, as you share with others they will ask questions which in turn will be an encouragement and aid in your own studies. It is important to study not only to gather ammunition for the battle but to keep our hearts filled and our lips ready to declare the great things that God has done for us.
2. We Share The Message
We should pray that God would give us open doors and boldness to speak as we ought to speak (Colossians 4:3-4). After we pray, we speak. We look for ways to turn ordinary conversations to spiritual conversations. We also talk to people directly and cut to the chase. This can seem awkward at times, but what is more important than our eternal destinies and the glory of God? How often do we ask a random person about the weather or last night’s football game? If it is important, we should talk to any and to all. Not everyone will have the same method of sharing. Some people are great with people and one on conversations are very effective. For me, it is giving biblical literature and gospels of John called The Lifebook www.thelifebook.com to people throughout the day. The first step for you may be to share a verse or your testimony on your social media profiles. Don’t get hung up on whether you’re sharing just the right way. Simply share it and watch God bless His Word and your faithfulness. The Holy Spirit has promised to guide and help you.
3. We Support the Message
Colossians 4:5-6- “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
It is vital that we be on guard about the words we say, the places we go, and the company we keep. It is equally important to speak and behave towards others with grace. We must live holy lives accompanied by gracious speech. How many people have been distracted from the gospel message by a poor testimony or a grumpy spirit? We must be holy yet happy Christians. Let us show the world that Christ’s way is the best way. Let us demonstrate the freedom and joy that comes from salvation not only from Hell but from the damaging effects of controlling sins. Make them thirsty for the water that only Christ can give (John 4). Imagine the change in our schools, workplaces, and communities that will occur as we study, share, and support the Gospel message every day.