I became a Christian back in the 80s. Someone shared with me the gospel in a clear and effective way using a booklet called Four Spiritual Laws. The booklet summarizes four important lessons about God and us. These laws are 1. God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our life; 2. Man is sinful and separated from God; 3. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for our sin; and 4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
I have learned also other effective ways to share my faith, like EE and Bridge To Life by The Navigators. One can easily explain the gospel to anyone and in any situation using the Bridge. A pen and paper may prove to be useful.
Here's how to explain the gospel using the Bridge illustration:
God created man. Life was good because God and man (both male and female) walked and talked together in the Garden of Eden. God gave them every blessing. But the greatest blessing was being with God and everything was in perfect harmony. Genesis 1:26
But sin separated us from God, and everything changed. All of us failed. Romans 3:23. We are under condemnation because of our sin. Romans 6:23 says, "the wages of sin is death". We tried everything to overcome this separation by our own efforts. We tried religion, good works, education, career, money and everything else we could think of. But our best isn't good enough. At the end of the day we are still lonely, hopeless, miserable and uncertain. We simply can't save ourselves. All our efforts are not enough to save our soul.
But God in His unfailing love, provided the only way, Jesus Christ. Jesus died to pay the penalty of our sins and bridged the gap between us and God. He is the only one who could take away our sins once and for all. Romans 5:8. He died on the cross to take away our sins.
It's not enough just to know what Christ did for us. We must admit with all our hearts that we are separated from God, believe Jesus with all our heart, receive Him as our Savior and Lord. Jesus said in John 5:24 “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” Jesus Christ also said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10), and in Romans 5:1 “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 10:13 says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Isn't it a great news? No matter how we’ve messed up or terribly sinned, we could still be reconciled with God when we personally place our complete trust in Jesus. All our sins will be forgiven because Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Jesus is the bridge to God.
Did it make sense to you? Where are you now in relation to God? Have you personally received Jesus in your life as Lord and Savior? If not, would you like to invite Jesus in your life right now and receive Him to be your Lord and Savior? I could lead us in a prayer:
Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that I need You to forgive me. I know that You died a painful death so that my sins could be washed clean. Thank you. I want to make You the Lord of my life, and I will trust and follow You. Everything I have is Yours now. In Your name, Lord. Amen.
Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? Let us pray.
Please keep in mind that it's not our ability to share that can save a person from his sin. It is the Lord who saves. I learned from the time I started sharing that the power of sharing the gospel rests on the Holy Spirit. I still remember that "witnessing (or sharing the gospel) is simply sharing Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and leaving the results to God". Whatever the outcome of your sharing, be thankful for the privilege.
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