The RADIUS Initiative Applied, Part 4: How Do I Share the Gospel?
(This is part 4 of a series of posts that draw applications from my novella, The RADIUS Initiative. It’s a Jack Bauer-style, action-packed book! You can purchase the book here for only $7.99.)
So How Do I Best Share the Gospel?
Max McClain wanted the message to be stated clearly: “Camp Pinerock can be trusted. Come here and be saved from the coming storm.” Can you imagine if that message was screwed up? What if a family living in an old, rickety house surrounded by tall trees was given this message: “Stay in your homes.”
After Hurricane Rita passed through, homes all over Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana were demolished by fallen trees. Several people were killed, but they didn’t have to die.
You have a friend at work, or a neighbor down the road, or a cousin, or uncle, or aunt who you’re convinced is not believing in Jesus Christ, alone, for his/her salvation. What do you say? How do you turn the conversation to spiritual things? How can you keep the message clear? I have good news for you!
EvanTell, Inc., of Dallas, TX, is an organization that successfully equips believers all over the world to share the clear, simple gospel effectively. They have developed a free, online website that anyone anywhere can go to in order to learn how to share the gospel with anyone, any age, anywhere! Check out www.act111.org.
As an evangelist, I have been through this free training, and it has helped me share the clear gospel with so many more people that I ever have before. I know many, many people who have shared the gospel for the first time after going through this training.
The gospel, clear and simple, is Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead. We only believe in Jesus alone to be saved from our sins. The heart of act111.org is to train you to share the bad news before the good news (The word gospel means good news.)
It’s really very simple, and it has helped me relax as I share this truth with so many people. Called the Bad News/Good News method, it includes two points, two verses, and two illustrations for each. It begins with an opening question like this: “Has anyone ever taken a Bible and shown how you can know for sure you’re going to heaven when you die? May I?”
Bad News Point One
The bad news is about us, and the good news is about God. The bad news is that all have sinned.
Here’s the verse: Romans 3:23 states,
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Another way of saying “fallen short of God’s glory” is “to miss the mark.”
Paint the Picture
I like to tell a short story that would help paint the picture of the truth I’ve just shared from God’s Word. Let’s say you and I are going to shoot an arrow, and the target is 5 miles away. You may be able to shoot farther than I can, but neither one of us will make it. We will both miss the mark.
The same is true regarding reaching God’s glory. None of us can make it. It’s just too high; in fact, it’s perfect, and the bad news gets worse.
Bad News Point Two
Scripture tells us that because of our sin everyone deserves death.
Romans 6:23 states,
“For the wages of sin is death…”
Death means separation. The wages of our sin is a separation.
Paint the Picture
Right now, I’m sitting in a comfortable chair inside a Starbuck’s near my house. I usually like to write with a good cup of coffee nearby, and Starbuck’s makes the pretty good coffee. The barista behind the counter earns an hourly wage. It might be $7/hour, or $10/hour. He receives what he earns.
Because of our sins, we have earned a wage. That wage is death. And since everyone has sinned, everyone’s wage is death. That’s pretty bad. Death is the end. It is a separation, but not just from our physical bodies. This death is the separation from the God Who desires us to be saved from our sins. Therefore, He brought about the good news!
Good News Point One
It surely is good news: Christ died for our sins!
Romans 5:8 states,
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
The little word for is extremely important—don’t miss it. It means “in place of.”
Paint the Picture
A lady lost control of her car and drove through a barricade that guarded the edge of a bridge. Her car flew into a river and was filling up with water fast. No matter how hard she tried, she was unable to open her door to save herself. A pedestrian who witnessed the accident dove into the river to save her. In his successful effort to free her from the car and bring her to the surface, he drowned. She survived, but he died. He died in her place. He died for her.
This story explains what Christ did for us. He died in our place. He died for us. But the good news gets better!
Good News Point Two
God’s Word tells us that we can be saved through faith!
Ephesians 2:8-9 states,
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.”
God’s grace gave us Jesus to die for us. Through our faith in Him alone, we are saved.
Paint the Picture
Faith and belief are synonymous. Whether we are “religious” or not, we practice faith everyday. I believe the sun will provide light today. I have faith that my paycheck will cover my bills. I also have faith in Jesus to save me. I am not believing in Jesus AND anything else. I believe that His death and resurrection paid the full price for my sins.
By this time, the person has heard what the gospel is and what he/she must do to be saved from sin. But I don’t want to leave them hanging, so I like to ask, “Is there anything keeping you from believing Christ right now?” This gives me a chance to deal with whatever obstacles might be present.
This is how I have verbally shared with many people and have had the privilege of leading many to Christ! Truthfully, you can, too. Most Christians have never had the fantastic privilege of leading a person to Christ. The reasons are they are scared and/or they don’t know how. This free training tackles both issues. I challenge you to take this training today. It begins with you—join the movement. Get your church to join with you!