Monday, February 09, 2009

You Can Tell It

This past weekend my husband and I joined several other couples from our church at our annual leadership retreat. In previous years this time has been used to plan events and ministries that happen in our church body, etc. This year the whole focus was on personal evangelism. Talk about being convicted! I was painfully reminded of how little I share the good news of Jesus Christ.
We went through a video seminar by EvanTell Ministries that taught us to how to use the Bad News/Good News method. It basically is this:

The Bad News/Good News approach is an easy way to present the gospel. There are 4 points to remember and 4 Scripture verses to support them.

  1. Bad News #1 – We are all sinners.* (Romans 3:23)
  2. Bad News #2 – The penalty for sin is death. (Romans 6:23)
  3. Good News #1 – Christ died for you. (Romans 5:8)
  4. Good News #2 – You can be saved through faith in Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Remember: It is not a prayer that saves you. It is trusting in Jesus Christ that saves you. Prayer is simply how you tell God what you are doing.

Obviously people may have many different objections or issues with the gospel but its not really as complicated as we make it. God loves us - He sent His Son to die for our sins - if we trust in Him we can spend eternity in heaven together! Wow... how hard is that?
One of the things they reminded us was that we are not called to save the lost - that is God's part. We are however called to share the gospel with them. Whether or not they choose to trust in Christ is between them and God. Once we have shared we have done our part and if they choose not to believe at that time then all we can do is pray for them. It kind of takes the pressure off of us.
Please pray that we all would be open to opportunities to share the message and love of Jesus. And hopefully when the opportunity comes up... the Bad News/Good News method will Work for Me!

1 comment:

Susan said...

Preach it, sister! I am sure I would have felt convicted at the retreat, too - I often witness with my life only - not verbally. Thanks for a good reminder.
From your fellow Elinor Dashwood :)