Many people feel like they need to be a Biblical scholar or have training in seminary school to adequately share the Gospel. The good news is, that couldn’t be further from the truth! You don’t need to know all the answers or have it all figured out to share the message of Jesus.
Many people also feel the pressure on their shoulders to open someone’s heart to the truth of the Gospel—but lean in and listen to this: it’s not up to you. You are a conduit to share the Gospel, allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you. It doesn’t need to be perfect and eloquent. In fact, the Apostle Paul wasn’t eloquent, but God used him because he depended on the Holy Spirit to guide him (1 Corinthians 2:1-5). It’s important to remember that God does not call the equipped; He equips the called—and as Christians, we are all called to share what Christ has done. Some of Christ’s last words on earth were, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Sharing our faith is a command from God.
To share the Gospel, leverage these talking points in these four simple steps to guide your conversations. It’s as simple as this: God Loved, God Gave, We Believe, We Have.
The Bible says God loved the whole world. This is good news for you because some of you might be running from God. And you’re running because you think he’s out to get you and when he catches you he’s going to beat you up.
God isn’t ticked off with the world, and he’s not ticked off with you. If he was ticked off he would have ignored the world. “For God so ignored the world he didn’t give them a darn thing…” that’s how the verse would read.
He loved so much that He did what people who love do. John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God Loved, God Gave.
You know what people have to know who aren’t Christians to become a Christian? God loved the world. God gave His Son. That’s all you need to know to become a Christian.
More specifically, God sent His only Son into the world to die on a cross as a substitution for all the sins you have committed, and all the sins you ever will commit. He loved so much that He gave what is most precious.
If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and forgives us our sins and cleanses us from all wickedness. (1 John 1:9)
God Loved, God Gave. We Believe.
What we need to do is believe in. “Believe” is a verb and combined with the word “in,” the two words together mean “trust in.” Not “Believe that” like a statement or a doctrine, but to TRUST IN.
You know what you need to do? Trust in. Believe in.
If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
God Loved, God Gave. We Believe. We Have.
When you’re given a gift, you have something at the end of the day. And John goes on explaining to us what we have.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
When you pray with someone who is willing to accept Christ, consider covering these four truths from scripture:
God loves them more than they could ever know. (John 3:16)
He wants to give them a better life than they could ever dream of (John 10:10)
They are created by God with an awesome purpose and plan (Eph. 2:10)
They are saved by an undeserved grace (Eph. 2:8-9)
What are you waiting for? Nothing can even begin to compare with the command God gave us to take His message of love and forgiveness to every person to make disciples of all nations.
– Cliff Johnson | Kensington Birmingham, Lead pastor