Pick any blog on evangelism, and one will encounter an attempt to summarize the gospel.
- What points must one share?
- What happens if I forget a point?
- Can I mess it up?
On one hand, its great to be concerned about messing up. We always want to be prepared to explain our faith, and get better at it as we mature in Christ.
On the other hand, God is more sovereign than our mistakes and will not deny His grace to another because our explanation was as clear as mud.
God’s sovereignty is not an excuse to avoid evangelism, nor to be sloppy in our presentation.
What must a clear Gospel explanation have?
A good explanation of the gospel must convey information about
- The nature of sin and our separation from God.
- The love of God and his desire to be reconciled to the lost.
- Christ as God’s plan of redemption:
- That God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
- Christ died for our sins and rose again.
- The promise of forgiveness of sins
- Belief in Jesus is the response to God’s irresistible grace.
Condensed Gospel Scripts
One of the most popular forms (see our series on evangelism scripts) to explain the gospel is the Law and Gospel script by the Way of the Master folks.
I like the theology of the Law and Gospel, but don’t agree with how some of its users say its the only valid form of the gospel message.
Their implication is that if you didn’t get the right explanation of the gospel, you are a false convert. Or if you miss an element in the explanation, the conversion has misfired.
In my own testimony, my conversion misfired 20 years ago because I didn’t come to faith in the right way.
Other scripts include
- Four Spiritual Laws,
- Romans Road,
- Good Person Test,
- Evangecube (video),
- the The Bridge Illustration,
- Do versus Done and so forth.
There are plenty of scripts out there one could use.
Just get familiar with one and start.
Each script has its critics, and its endorsers. It’s not my point here to pick one over the other.
My point however, is to pick a script and get very familiar with it so that you can explain the gospel clearly when given the opportunity.
I use the Bridge Illustration as I think it covers a lot of ground. The imagery is clear.
Practice it over and over on a napkin until you can explain it clearly at any given moment. Learn how to share it lovingly and in the form of a dialogue (the script is not a tool to cream people).
Let me ask you this?
What script do you like you to use?
Can you share the gospel message clearly when needed?
See our entire series on scripts.
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