The Gospel in four steps. Do you find it difficult to share your faith? Is evangelism a tough task for you? Sharing the Gospel is a command in Scripture (2 Timothy 4:2, Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21-23). But, how do I do this? How can I faithfully and easily share my faith? These are questions many believers have.
Romans 1:16-17 states, “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes…This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith…” (NLT). It is by faith we share the Good News of how Jesus Christ has changed us.
1) For Man/People
The first step of sharing your faith is to come to a common understanding. The Gospel, starts with man! It is for man — because of God’s great love (John 3:16). The story of creation, found in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, show God’s amazing creativity expressed in His love. He creates the Earth, seas, sun, moon, stars, animals of all kinds — creeping, flying, crawling. He created trees, flowers, rocks, and herbs. Then at the end, God creates the crown of all creation (Gen 1:26) — God created Adam. At the end of each day of creation, Genesis records God saying, “It is good.” But at the end of creating mankind, He declared, “It is very good” (Gen 1:31).
God had great purpose and plan for all of mankind — to be in loving relationship with Him. He is the Father of all people and He created (as fathers do) His children in image. Adam and Eve were created in perfection and lived in a perfect, sinless world. This world had no flaws, no weeds, no sin, no ugliness, no shame, and no division. What a beautiful image that must have been!
2) Sin Happened
However, because Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:1-13), sin entered the world. Sin brought with it, death destruction, and decay. It is because of sin that we live in a fallen world. It is because of sin that sickness exists. In God’s perfect creation, none of these things existed. But since that moment in time, the world that God created, began to fall and fail. Sin entered, and with sin, the ugly consequences of sin entered as well.
The ultimate consequence of sin was a broken relationship with God. What God had created, a perfect union between Himself and His children, was now broken. Genesis 3:23, “So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made,” (NLT). Before sin, the Bible records that Adam tended the ground, after the “curse,” Adam continues to tend the ground, but now weeds and pest exist, making the work much more difficult.
However, even though Adam’s work became much more difficult, the saddest part is that He felt shame and his relationship with the Lord was not the same. Prior to sinning, Adam walked in the presence of God. Genesis states that God came every evening and walked and talked with him. Sin created distance.
3) Christ Died
Oh, but what good news! Man created distance, but God…God bridged that distance! Because of God’s great love for the people He created, He sent His only Son to die in our place (John 3:16). Sin required a blood sacrifice (Hebrews 10:1-3), but Jesus came to die, once for all. Hebrews 10:5-7 — “…when Christ came into the world, he said to God, ‘You did not want animal sacrifices or sin offerings, but You have given me a body to offer. You were not pleased with burn offerings or other offerings for sin. Then I said, ‘Look I have come to do your will, O God…” (NLT).
But our victory does not end with Jesus’ death, which paid the price to buy reconciliation with God. Jesus resurrection gives us a new life. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation The old has passed away; behold the new has come.” (ESV) Further, Jesus rose from the dead, giving the promise of eternal life in Heaven with Him one day. Additionally, Romans 6:5 states, “Since we have been united with Him in His death, we will also be raised to life as He was.” (NLT) What a beautiful promise of hope and peace for our lives.
4) Man’s Response
This, therefore, is the crux of the Gospel message. Because God created us as free agents, that is to say, a people of free will, we have a say in our eternal dwelling place. We also have a say in how we spend our days here on Earth. We can come alongside God and walk with Him, allowing Him access to our hearts and lives. Or, conversely, we can fully reject His plan for our lives in pursuit of our own passions.
Let me be clear, forgiveness, grace, and mercy are available for all who will call upon His name. Romans 10:9-10 states, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” (NLT) However, we must receive and accept the free gift of grace that He has provided (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:8-15). He will not force His grace upon anyone. It is up to you to decide if you will receive the gift He has offered.
That is the Gospel – in four steps!