I listened to the testimony of an adult woman from Guatemala. She is 2nd from the left in the image. Her journey to faith brought me to tears, and once again aroused my desire to help other people share the good news of Jesus Christ. As you read or listen her story, ask yourself this question: Where would you start with the gospel? Genesis 3, or Genesis 1? [Read more…] about Are you a Genesis 3 Christian?
Michael Green has had a tremendous influence on my ministry through his books that I read while in seminary.
Michael gave the first talk at a recent confidence in the gospel event. If you have 18 spare minutes, listen to his challenge to us to be faithful to the Apostolic Gospel.
Michael Green provides the keynote address exploring the question, “What is the Gospel?“[Read more…] about Video: Dr. Michael Green examines What is the gospel
In doing research for this series on gospel scripts, I found another outline called FAITH. It seems pretty good and could be a simple tool to share your faith.
Scripts are not automatic
The purpose of a script is to provide you an outline to share your faith when the Lord provides the opportunity.
You have the flexibility to adjust it to your conversational context.
As the conversation moves along, you can add details and back off on other points.
The give and take of a conversation.
Scripts are not meant to be followed in a legalistic format.
There is no cause and effect as in “get the script right and they will believe, get the script wrong and you messed up their eternity.”
God is charge of the whole evangelism process.
The point of a script is to be very familiar with ONE so that you can confidently explain your faith when God provides the opportunity. It’s got a few choice scriptures, and you can likely pick some of your other favorites that make the same point.
FAITH Script to explain the Gospel
In your personal opinion, what do you think it takes for a person to get to heaven and have eternal life?
Allow room for discussion on this question to help you discern what God is doing in the life of the other person.
F Is for Forgiveness
Everyone has sinned and needs God’s forgiveness.
Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
God’s forgiveness is provided by the work of Christ.
Ephesians 1:7 “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of His grace.”
A Is for Available
God’s forgiveness is available for all.
John 3:16 “God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
God’s forgiveness is available but not automatic.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.”
I Is for Impossible
According to the Bible, it is impossible to get to heaven on our own.
Ephesians 2:8-9 “By grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—not from works, so that no one can boast.”
So how can a sinful person have eternal life and enter heaven?
T Is for Turn
If you were going down the road and someone asked you to turn, what would he or she be asking you to do? (Change direction)
Turn means repent. Turn away from sin and self.
Luke 13:3 “Unless you repent, you will all perish as well!”
Turn to Jesus alone as your Savior and Lord.
John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
H Is for Heaven
Heaven is a place where we will live with God forever.
John 14:3 “If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.”
Eternal life begins now with Jesus.
John 10:10 “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.”
H can also stand for how.
How can a person have God’s forgiveness, eternal life, and heaven?
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
By trusting Jesus as your Savior and Lord.
James Choung has written a few books on explaining the Christian Faith. On of the issues that he tackles is updating or improving the Bridge Illustration. The whole article is here at The Big Story | Tell It Slant .
“Choung’s ‘napkin theology’ and its ‘four-worlds’ diagram promise to be for evangelism in the twenty-first century what the ‘Four Spiritual Laws’ were for the twentieth century.”
— Leonard Sweet, author of The Church of the Perfect Storm, podcaster of the weekly “Napkin Scribbles” podcast
Check out these videos to see the telling of the story. There are two here.
Here is what I like about the illustration:
- It’s much less individual in it’s focus.
- It adds in that we follow Christ to join in God’s redemptive story.
- It talks about worldviews
- It’s simple and can be reproduced on a napkin.
- It incorporates some of the social aspects of the gospel.
After sharing this video on his blog, Choung received lots of feedback and suggestions and created version 2, which continues from the prior video
Let me ask you this?
What do you think of Choung’s improvement? What do you make of how he explains sin, righteousness, eternity, kingdom? Join the conversation below and comment.
Michael Green reminds us about the either/or nature of the gospel, using biblical descriptions that paint a contrast
We are either
- members of the kingdom, or outside its gates.
- reconciled to God, or rebels
- Lost or Found
- Invited to the wedding feast or left in outer darkness
- Building lives upon the rock or shifting sand.
- For Him or Against Him
- Sheep or Goats
- In the barn, or on the bonfire.
- on the Narrow way, or on the broad way.
That list of images shows that there is little middle ground, if any. In considering our relationship to the Kingdom of God, we are either in it, or out of it. As Christians, we can’t be both. People who are not yet Christ followers are not both.
The list of metaphors is clear. Perhaps we need to be reminded of people’s need for Christ to transfer them, as Paul writes in Colossians, from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of the beloved son. Perhaps we need to remember what we Christians have been saved from.
People without Christ are
- Without hope in the world (Ephesians 2.12)
- Without God.
- Ignorant of God’s righteousness (Romans 10.3)
- Blinded to truth.
Let me ask you this?
When was the last time you thanked God for your salvation? When was the last time you pondered what you once were or could have been if it wasn’t for God’s grace that saves you?
I’m not the first to point this out, but I’ve heard the expression:
“A rising tide lifts all boats.”
Perhaps you’ve heard it too. Perhaps it’s a cliche that is beyond trendy.
But, when one person is excited about evangelism, and doing it, sharing their experiences, and reflections, other people begin to get the idea that perhaps “I can do this too. ”
When you are causing the evangelistic tide to rise, others will rise up and do evangelism.
You keep your evangelistic passion high, others will increase as well.
The Passion Pours out.
When I preached every Sunday, I always had a new evangelism story — a book I was reading, a conversation I had, a prayer that I had with somebody.
People around me began to feel more comfortable doing evangelism, and within a few months, people were telling me their own stories of conversations.
That’s where I learned to love evangelism coaching.
Asking folks to recall the conversation, explore it a little more, think about how to do the conversation differently the next time a similar topic came about — just like debriefing an evangelism conversation.
Asking questions to help sharpen the skills.
As long as my evangelistic temperature was hot, the people around me warmed up to evangelism.
15 Ways to keep stoking the passion for Evangelism
How does one keep the evangelism passion hot?
Let me give you 15 right off the bat. It’s not a linear list and not exhaustive, but here goes:
- Keep your relationship with God strong.
- Read the Scriptures, meditate on them as your day goes on.
- Enjoy noticing God’s activity around you.
- Regularly tell others about God’s work in your life.
- Regularly engage in evangelistic conversations
- Review them as part of your devotional life.
- Read evangelism books.
- Read and comment on evangelism blogs.
- Participate in the evangelism activity of your local church
- Share your evangelism stories with others.
- Join an evangelism coaching group that meets regularly to review conversations.
- Worship deeply.
- Pray regularly.
- Notice the people around you and pray for them.
- Practice explaining the gospel clearly and simply.
Let me ask you this
What would you add to this list?
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