Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How to Share the Gospel


Have you ever had that moment when you are talking about your faith and you draw a blank?  You know what you want to say, but you're just not sure how to exactly explain what you believe.

Maybe you're lucky and the words always come naturally, but if you're like me, then you need a little help. 

This is for all the people out there who want to share the Gospel with others, but they need some guidance.

 The following Bible verses should be helpful.

God loves us.
John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people

2 Peter 3:9
 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

 We need forgiveness.
Romans 3:23
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.

Ephesians 2: 1-3
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.


We can have forgiveness of sin because of Christ and his perfect sacrifice.
Ephesians 1:7
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,

1 Peter 2:24
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Romans 5:8-9
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 


Hear the gospel and God's plan for salvation.
Romans 10:17
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Luke 11: 28
 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

Have faith.
Ephesians 2:8-9
 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Galatians 3:23-27
23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Believe.
John 8:24
I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.” 

Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 

Mark 16:16
Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Repent.
 Acts 2:38
 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 17:30
 The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,

Luke 24:47
 and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Confess.
Romans 10:9
 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Acts 8:37
And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."

Matthew 10:32
"Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven.

Baptism.
Matthew 28:19
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Romans 6: 3-4
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

1 Peter 3: 21
 Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

Live a faithful Christian life that honors God
1 John 1: 5-7
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

Hebrews 12: 1-2
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.


In my understanding of how one becomes a Christian, I don't feel that any one of these is more important than the other, but God expects us to do all of these things in order to be saved.  I encourage anyone who is seeking answers about salvation to read and study the Bible on their own to completely understand God's plan for salvation.  The answers are there for a person who wants to become a Christian if they are sincerely seeking and desiring this change in their lives.  My goal was to choose verses that are related to individuals in the Bible who were saved in the New Testament.  There's definitely a connection between all of the verses and salvation.  If you study the Bible you will see a pattern of things done by those who became Christians and that's what guided me in using the Bible verses above.


 If you have any questions, my email is in the About Me section and if you leave a comment I can respond to that as well.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for putting this together. It is so helpful.

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