How To Reason With Unbelievers

We are currently going through a study right now in our youth group called, “Life In Six Words.” The curriculum is based off of the video entitled “G.O.S.P.E.L.” produced by Propaganda. Propaganda and Greg Stier from Dare 2 Share Ministries spend time talking through each of the elements of the acronym G.O.S.P.E.L. GOSPEL stands for GOD, OUR, SINS, PAYING, EVERYONE, LIFE. We have been encouraging the students to use this acronym as a guide and tool for sharing the gospel with their friends. Below is a repost of an article I wrote a few years ago which shares a few practical tips to remember when sharing the truth of the GOSPEL with our friends, family, and neighbors.

1. Read the Whole Bible.

This sounds simple, but may I ask you a question? Have you read the whole bible? There is nothing wrong with going to passages regularly that help us with particular temptations and trials, but if we are constantly reading the same books of the Bible we are not gaining a thorough understanding of God’s full revelation. The reality is that the Scriptures contain the story of the world. As we know and become increasingly familiar with God’s story we can confront the wrong ideas in other’s understanding of the world. We must know the message that we are sharing.

2. Know How To Articulate from Scripture Key Doctrines (Teachings).

We must be able to articulate as Paul did how the true creator stands above and separate from the false gods of this world. We must be able to explain to others who the God of the Bible is. Our listeners need to understand what sin is. They need to understand creation. Can you articulate the doctrine of the Trinity. Can you explain creation? Who was Jesus Christ?

Two resources that I would recommended to you that are loaded with Scripture references and clear teaching on bible doctrine are 1. Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith by Wayne Grudem and 2. The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns.

3. Memorize Verses

After you spend some time researching and studying key teachings in the Scriptures, memorize the ones that have really helped you. This will help you be able to recall things more easily as well as be able to genuinely tell your friends and family that the verses you are sharing with them have helped you in your understanding.

4. Repeat

Knowing the scripture is vitally important not only for evangelism but also for our own walk with the Lord. What things in your life compete for quantity and quality time in the word? Quality time reading the Bible is good, but we are never going to be able to transform our minds and be able to give an answer for the hope that is in us without consistently reading through and saturating our minds with the Word of God. How did you become skilled in your job and favorite hobbies. You most likely did receive help and tutoring but your greatest tool for success was repetition over long periods of time. It sounds simple, but I guarantee you that as you make the Scriptures your constant mediation and object of study, effective evangelism will become like breathing.


1. Grudem, Wayne A., Jeff Purswell, and Wayne A. Grudem. Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1999. Print.

2. Enns, Paul P. The Moody Handbook of Theology. Chicago, IL: Moody, 1989. Print.

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