How to Share the Gospel
Ephesians 4:11-12 explains my calling as a minister to a tee:
"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ."
As a minister, it's my job to build up Christians and prepare them to share the gospel with the world. But lately, I'm noticing a pattern in today's Christian world. We have a lot of people who are Christians but not a lot of people who actively share the gospel with others.
As Christians, if we genuinely believe that heaven and hell are real places and we know the way to get to heaven, why don't we share that message with everyone that we encounter?!
I'm guilty of this too. I meet new people all the time and don't share the message of Jesus Christ with them. I do this for a variety of reasons: (1) I feel embarrassed to bring it up, (2) I convince myself that they've already heard it, (3) I feel inadequate and don't really know how to share the gospel.
This third reason I listed is the most common one that I hear from believers. They want to share the gospel with others but feel inadequate to do so. It makes sense because it's a big deal to share the gospel and we don't want to mess it up. So, it seems easier just to not share at all.
Today, I wanted to blog a 4 step plan that I memorized when I first started in ministry on how I share the gospel with others. I follow the outline of the Roman Road and it's been super helpful thus far!
And here's another tip, I recommend memorizing the verses that are listed with each step. Sometimes, just quoting scripture and letting it speak for itself is enough.
Step 1: The Plan
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
It's important to start out by telling the person that God loves them and letting them know about the life that He has planned for them.
Step 2: The Problem
Romans 3:32 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The issue we face is that no one is right with God. God is holy and therefore is not associated with anything unholy. This presents a problem because all humans are sinful by nature and cannot please God on their own. The result of our sinful nature is death and eternal separation from God.
Step 3: The Cross
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
God's loves bridges the gap that we cannot cross on our own. He knew that we were sinful but didn't want separation from us. So, He sent His only Son, Jesus to earth to live the perfect, sinless life that we could not live on our own, died on the cross as atonement for our sins, and rose from the grave on the third day. He conquered sin and death on our behalf so that we would not have to live separated from God.
Step 4: The Solution
We can cross the bridge that was built for us and gain eternal life with God the Father by believing in Jesus Christ and confessing Him as Lord and Savior over our lives.
Romans 10:9-10 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, [c]resulting in salvation.
Romans 10:13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Hopefully, someone finds this information helpful. I made a graphic that will hopefully make it even easier to remembers.
Remember that it is not our job to change someone's heart. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. It's only our job as believers, to share the good news, and let God do the rest.