The Gospel – Biblical Basics + Sharing the Gospel
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The LORD says, “And surely I am with you to the end.” So He doesn’t call you to do something and leave you hanging. He gives you everything that you need to be able to do it.
The gospel is not a very long story. I think of it in 4 parts and that’s:
- our Response
God created us for life to the fullest, to know Him personally with nothing coming between, to be alive with joy and purpose and meaning every day.
Ah… But what happened? Sin happened. Sin separated us.
We weren’t content with having it all. The first human beings turned their backs on God and the amazing life He was offering.
The violence, and the sickness, and the death, and the suffering is a direct result of that sin. It’s not God doing those things.
The next part of the gospel story is that because God loved us so much He did send His son; He made a way. We were created to be in relationship with God but because sin separated us – that God loved us so much that He gave His Son. That God, Himself, in the form of Jesus died for us so that we could be reconciled to Him. How amazing a love is that?
And so, really, ultimately when we are reaching out to others, we want them to choose life. And so we know that when we’re sharing with them, when it comes to the full gospel message that they need to know how to choose life. And so we are able to tell them,
“If you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
I actually print out this card* and I will say, “You know my prayer is that you are going to call out to Him. When you do and you don’t know what to say, you might want to start with this.”
*Although we don’t have a link available for the card Carrie references, we have some excellent alternative tools on our website for help share the gospel. Access a printable pdf of Knowing God Personally, or download free Smartphone Apps. Booklets of Knowing God Personally can be purchased online through Power to Change’s Resource Centre.
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TRAINER: Carrielynn Lund-staff, Edmonton
SOURCE: Volunteer Training Workshop (2016 10), Edmonton
POSTED: Jan 2017