One of the most important things that we need to be doing as believers is communicating our faith with those around us. To do that, one of the most critical components is being able to answer the question, “what is the gospel of Jesus Christ?” and knowing how to properly communicate it in a simple, easy to digest way.
The Bible tells us that we need to always be ready to give an answer for our faith. (1 Peter 3:14-16) The key words are “be ready”. We need to be prepared to explain it at all times. If you’ve ever tried to share your faith with someone you know how easy it is to over-complicate it or go down rabbit trails.
Important note: I am in no way trying to dumb down God’s Word. The entire Bible tells the story of God’s redemptive plan for mankind, that is Jesus. But we should be able to effectively communicate it within just a few short minutes because that’s about all the longer a person’s attention span normally is. In this day and age, we’re lucky if we even HAVE a few minutes and we never want to pass up an opportunity. More details can be filled in later as they ask you more questions.
You want to be able to communicate it in your own words and make it personal to your situation, but here are the things that you may want to cover.
In the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth, and everything in it, including mankind. His creation was perfect. There was no sin, no disease, no sadness, and no death. It was literally heaven on earth. God walked freely with Adam and Eve in the garden. (Genesis 3:8) There was only one commandment and everyone was at peace.
The Fall of Man
However, that quickly changed when Adam and Eve decided to disobey God’s one command and eat fruit from the only tree in the garden which God forbid. They listened to the serpent’s (Satan’s) lies and gave into their temptation. Therefore, God could no longer walk among them. Not because He didn’t love them. Not because He didn’t want a relationship with them. But, because He is holy, pure, and perfect and cannot even look at sin.
So, once sin entered the world, the perfect paradise was lost and in need of redemption. The earth was cursed and along with that curse, came death and decay.
God rescued His people, Israel, out of the hands of the Egyptians. He led them through the desert and began a restoration plan for them to have a relationship with Him. Since God is holy and cannot have anything to do with sin, there needed to be some serious ground rules. So, He gave His servant Moses the law or the 10 Commandments.
These were the basic tenants to keep one from sinning against God or others. There were additional laws as well when it came to proper operation in the Temple, but knowing and following these initial 10 were critical. But as you can imagine, if Adam and Eve couldn’t follow 1 simple rule, how could a whole group of Israelites keep 10?
The Atonement for Sin
The wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23) It separates us from God. The Bible also says that if a person were to break even one law, one time, they were guilty of breaking the entire law. (James 2:9-11) We need to recognize and accept that sin is a serious offense to God, because He is holy. However, He knew that they were going to sin and that they were imperfect beings, incapable of being sinless.
The only redemption for sin is the shedding of innocent blood. (Hebrews 9:22) So, He instructed them to offer sacrifices and have a blood atonement for their sin. With this system in place, His people could offer up sacrifices and be forgiven of their sins and restore their relationship with God.
The Ultimate Answer and God’s Redeeming Plan
As you can imagine, the Israelites were constantly offering up sacrifices to atone for their sins. But it was getting them nowhere. They were so focused on the rules and were missing out on the relationship with God who made the rules, to begin with. They didn’t understand the heart of the law.
So, God looked to His own Son, Jesus, and sent Him as the ultimate, final sacrifice to restore mankind to a relationship with God once and for all. God sent Him:
- To be born of a virgin
- To live a perfect and sinless life
- To have a ministry that revealed who God is, the heart of His law, and the purpose for our existence
- To die in our place, to take our punishment, that we fully deserve, and to take on the sin of the whole world
And that if we would just believe and willfully choose to follow Jesus, not just as our Savior, but also as our Lord as well, all of our sins were buried with Him and we are washed in His innocent, sacrificial blood.
Many people think that if you are “good enough” you can make it into heaven. The problem is that it’s not about being good enough. We might be “good”, compared to others and compared to our flawed standards. But, because He is holy, God’s standards are so high and so perfect that it’s impossible for us to even think about being “good enough”.
If we break one command at all, in our entire lifetime, we need redemption. God has given us that redemption in His Son, Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, NO ONE comes to the Father, except through Me.” (John 14:6)
Like I said above, these are just some basic talking points for you to consider when sharing the gospel with someone. The most important thing is to actually get out and share it.
But don’t just lay out the gospel for people. Make sure you share with them about how God has truly impacted and changed your life. Give them YOUR personal testimony as well. Be real with them. Don’t judge them. Evangelizing to someone is nothing more than simply taking them by the hand and walking with them to the cross.
Relate back to your own experience as to when someone first told you about Jesus and pass the torch on.
Ask God to show you who that person is in your life that needs to hear the gospel of Jesus, and go share it with them!
Father, I thank you for Your redemptive plan. Forgive us for not being more proactive about passing the torch on to others that desperately need to hear it. I ask that You convict our hearts, in this very moment to get out there and start making more disciples for You. Show us who it is that You are preparing to receive the message. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
For Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel Message Before Today
If today is the first time you’ve ever heard this message and God is stirring something in your heart and you want to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, I ask you to pray and accept Him today. Your journey can begin with just a simple prayer:
Father, I thank You for creating me. I thank You for Your plan of redemption. I confess to You that I have fallen short of Your perfect standards and I’m in need of Your salvation. I believe and ask Your Son, Jesus to become the personal Lord and Savior of my life. Help me to follow You and grow into a relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
If you called out to Him in prayer, and meant it, congratulations! You are now part of the family of God.
The next step would be to get connected with a local church. Talk with your friends and family. Tell them about your decision to follow Jesus and ask them about local churches in your area. Find one that’s a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church that focuses on making disciples.
If you would like someone to pray for you/with you, or have any additional questions you can contact me directly and I will be more than happy to help you in whatever way that I can.
In what ways have you shared the gospel of Jesus Christ with someone? Do you have any experiences you would like to share? I would love to read your comments and feedback in the comment section below.