Some believers never share the gospel, because they don’t know what to say.  In some ways, I don’t see how this is possible.  If you are truly saved, you have to understand a few key concepts about God and salvation.  Can’t you simply tell what you know to someone else?  I’ve found that even a small child can often repeat the rudimentary aspects of redemption.  Why can’t the adults in our churches do any better?  Perhaps it’s because they’ve overcomplicated matters.  They’ve lost sight of the simplicity of Christ (see 2 Corinthians 11:3).  For our own good, and for our gospel witness, let’s review 5 components which we can include in our witnessing endeavors.

Start

The story of salvation begins with Creation.  “In the beginning,” the Bible says, “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  And so begins the narrative of human history, and human redemption.  Many aren’t interested in God today, because they aren’t even sure if He exists.  When you witness, it’s important to visit this foundational truth.  Both creation and conscience reveal that there is a God (see Psalm 19:1 and Romans 2:14-15).  Every man, woman, boy, and girl has been made to know Him and to enjoy Him forever.

Sin

Though we were made for God, we have been separated from Him because of our sin.  Adam and Eve, the parents of the entire human race, rebelled against God’s initial commands (Genesis 2:15-17 and 3:1-7).  As a result, a curse came upon all of humanity (see Genesis 3:8-24).  As both our federal representatives and physical ancestors, the first man and woman passed sin down to all of us (see Romans 5:12).  None of us are perfect.  We all have sin, and we all have deviated from God’s standard of righteousness (see Romans 3:10 and 23).  From the womb of our mothers, we emerge into life sinful (see Psalm 51:5).  The punishment our sin deserves is death — eternal separation from God (see Romans 6:23).  We are in desperate need of salvation!

Substitute

Fortunately, God loved us so much that He made a way of salvation.  He came up with a plan for deliverance from death.  In His infinite wisdom, before time began, He ordained for His Son to die as a substitute for sin (see Revelation 13:8).  Jesus came to earth as 100% God and 100% man.  He had to be human because His mission was on behalf of humans, and He had to be God in order to effectively bring salvation.  He lived a perfect life on behalf of our imperfect lives, and He died as a substitute for our sins, paying the penalty our sin deserves — death (see 1 Peter 3:18).

Salvation

Up to this point, the gospel story is all about what God has done.  For His work to be appropriated, there is something that men and women must do.  They must call out to God for salvation.  The Bible says, “For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Salvation really is simple.  Don’t you think you can remember the four aforementioned truths?  Why can’t you share them with someone you know?  Pray that God would give you opportunity to say something good for Him and to share His gospel.

Dr. Patrick Latham
Pastor

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