Books, booklets, eBooks, audio books, tracts, curriculum, and dvds exist to teach us how to “share the gospel.”
So, which one is the right way to share the gospel message? How do I best tell the story of Jesus Christ?
To find the answer, let’s start at the very beginning…to the one who delivered the message in the first place!
Looking to Jesus
Let’s read how Jesus spoke of the Kingdom plans.
- To the crowds, Jesus declared God’s grace, hope, love, and even judgment. He declared himself to be the Gate, the Way, the Truth, the good Shepherd, and more. Beautiful parables and stories illustrated each dimension of Jesus the Messiah.
- To the Pharisees, Jesus debated rules and quoted Scripture. He confounded the religious leaders on a regular basis. They clearly understood his accusations of their departure from true faith and obedience to God.
The Scriptures also record personal encounters between Jesus and others. Jesus tailored these discussions to the individual needs of each soul.
- To the woman bleeding…he brought healing when she touched him
- To the tax collector Zacchaeus…he invited himself to dinner and brought credibility
- To the Samaritan woman…he approached her and asked for water
- To the rich young ruler…he challenged him to an extraordinary step of faith
- To scholarly Nicodemus…he explained being born of water and Spirit
- To the thief on the cross…he recognized fear and faith
Jesus had no tract to give, YouTube video to call up, or church-service-altar-call to take someone to. But…He knew the hurts and needs of each person.
Looking into My Life
I do have tracts, videos, and a church service. But… I have come to realize that these are not the best way to share the gospel message. The most effective way to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ is through my own life.
We need to listen to the needs around us. We need to know the people who walk in and among our lives. Although we do not have Jesus’ divine knowledge of peoples’ needs, we do have the Holy Spirit and his promptings and guidance. Then, conversations of faith and life flow naturally! We then need to be prepared to give a response about our faith.
After looking at Jesus’ life, here is the question I ask myself: Is my life so different that it attracts people to ask about faith? Do they want to ponder with me what makes life meaningful? Am I approachable enough for them to wonder with me about what’s on the other side of death?
Ponder how you are living today.
1) Is your life different enough for people to ask why you have hope?
2) How does your response lead people to discussions of faith in Jesus Christ?
We have the most amazing message to share to the world! Let’s not be shy! :-)