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Are you ready for reaching out?

posted 8 Dec 2015, 07:48 by Bert Weenink

 

How are you doing with the wonderful task of evangelism? Is it going well? How many conversations have you had? Are you enjoying it?

OK I admit that I find evangelism difficult too. And, yes, there are many days when I don’t seem to have an opportunity to share the gospel. I say ‘seem’, because it may just be that I am not prayerful  or pro-active or just brave enough to open my mouth to speak about Jesus. The question we all need to face up to is this: If Jesus is such a wonderful person (which we believe He is!), why do we find it so difficult to talk about Him?

One reason Christians use to explain their reluctance to evangelise is lack of knowledge, we don’t know what to say, we are afraid that when we get into a conversation the words will dry up or we may say things that are not helpful at best or not true at worst.

One way to deal with that is to tell our own story, what Jesus means to me, what He has done for me. (see the Tyndale Times of October 2014) But another way to deal with that fear is to prepare ourselves.

Ask yourself the sort of questions people may ask you:

What do Christians believe? What is the gospel? Why should I trust in Jesus? If that is you, keep reading as I want to give you a brief outline of the gospel.

There are many different possible outlines, using different words, but in essence they all contain the same basic truths. Here is one of those outlines:

 

1. There is one God, He is the Creator, He is holy, and He is worth knowing. See Deuteronomy 4:39; Isaiah 46:9; Genesis 1:1; 1 Peter 1:16. It is good to get your Bible out and check these passages.

2. Everyone is a sinner separated from God. See Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:2.

3. There is a penalty for sin. See Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27; Romans 14:10; Mt. 25:46.

4. Jesus paid that penalty for all who believe. See Isaiah 53:6; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter 3:18. 

5. No one can earn God's forgiveness and favour. See Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5. 

6. We should respond with repentance and faith. See Mark 1:15; John 3:16.

 

7. We can have assurance of eternal life with God. See 1 John 5:13.

 

This Christmas, rather than asking each another ‘are you ready for Christmas’, let’s ask ‘are you ready for reaching out’? Are you?

 

Your fellow evangelist,

Bert                

 

 

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