My faith has found a resting place,
Not in device nor creed;
I trust the Ever-living One,
His wounds for me shall plead.
I need no other argument,
I need no other plea;
It is enough that Jesus died,
And that He died for me.
– Hymn, My Faith has found a resting place
My hope is in the Lord Who gave Himself for me,
And paid the price of all my sin at Calvary.
For me He died, For me He lives,
And everlasting life and light He freely gives
– Hymn, For me he died, for me he lives
God’s love has worked in your life
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
Jesus died for you.
His death paid the price for the forgiveness of your sins.
His death and resurrection paved the way for you to enjoy fellowship with God forever.
You have been reconciled to the Father and you can now discover the outrageous love of the Father for you.
It’s the greatest story every told.
But we fail to tell the story
We think we know the story.
But when we are put on the spot, in some random moment in a spiritual conversation, we grasp at fog.
We stumble for words.
We are not sure where to start.
We start off in one direction, and then change direction in the middle of a thought.
Most of us have fallen short in mastering being able to tell the greatest story ever told.
We might be good at telling stories of how the gospel intersected our life and how we converted to being a follower of Jesus.
But telling people the actual gospel leaves us speechless or disorganized.
Tell the story well
I once challenged a teen in my youth group to tell the gospel story to a friend.
She was nervous about it, but because we had reviewed it often in our youth group, she knew the major movements of the gospel story.
- God loves us, but sin separates us from God
- God’s love didn’t leave us without a solution.
- God demonstrated his love in Christ’s death and resurrection.
- That if we believe and confess, receive him, we become a follower of Christ.
As her gospel sharing conversation proceeded, even with conversational detours, she confidently moved through them and at the end, her friend simply said:
No one has ever shared it so clearly before. Now I know what it means when they say “Christ died for me.”
I want to share Your story today. I pray that You would open up a conversational door today with some person or one of my friends who would ask me about my faith in Jesus.
Fill me with a new and deeper appreciation of what Jesus has done in my life.
Grant me the skills to tell Your story without shivering in my boots.
Find one of the gospel scripts and master it.
For a list of gospel scripts read this post.