3 Words for Popping the (Gospel) Question
In a recent study on weddings and marriage, wives were asked how much they liked the way in which their husbands had proposed to them. An amazing 85% said they were “disappointed” in the way their husbands popped the question! The article followed that statistic with 50 different ways that future husbands could better impress their fiancés when they propose.
Really? Fifty different ways to ask the four-word question: “Will you marry me?”
Can it really be that hard?
Evidently sharing the gospel is considered an even greater challenge. If you Google “personal evangelism resources” you will receive 2,070,000 results in .59 seconds. Imagine, 2 million ways to get the answer to a five-word question:
“Who is Jesus to you?”
After surveying hundreds of churches, I learned the greatest cause of fear a church person has in sharing the gospel is knowing what to say and how to say it. So problem solved. Just Google “personal evangelism resources” and in .59 seconds you will have 2,070,000 resources at your fingertips.
Let me save you some time.
And change your life at the same time.
When sharing your faith all you need is to know what to say, how to say it and the courage to say it. Here are three words that you won’t even have to Google, yet by building on them you will become fearless and fruitful in sharing your faith.
Faith is a heart issue. Repentance is a heart issue. Salvation is a heart issue. Discipleship is a heart issue. Worship is a heart issue. Ministry is a heart issue. Is it me or is there a theme emerging here?
It doesn’t matter how you craft and stage your proposal if your heart isn’t in it. If you are truly in love, all you need is an opportunity! And when 85% of those far from God are open to you sharing your faith, opportunities abound!
Be in love with Jesus. The love of God in you will give you a love for what God loves. And God loves the lost!
The Word of God is essential to all evangelism. Paul writes “the gospel is the power of God unto salvation”.
So start there.
Get a good handle on what the Bible says about your own salvation and you will become excited about confidently sharing with others what they can possess by God’s grace.
Romans 6:23 is my favorite verse to use in sharing my faith. I can walk a person through that one verse while covering every aspect of the gospel story. You will be amazed how confident you will become in using this one verse of scripture to share the gospel.
Jesus said, “without Me you can do nothing”. The last time I checked, the numerical value of “nothing” is zero. There is a reason Jesus commanded the disciples to “tarry in Jerusalem until you be endued with power from on high”.
It was because without Him we can do nothing!
In Acts 4:31, we read: “And when they had finished praying, the place where they were assembled was shaken, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the Word of God with boldness”.
The word “boldness” best translates “confidence”. There is no substitute for the anointed confidence God provides to those who pray for it!
There you have it. Three words that can you give confidence and passion for sharing your faith. And don’t worry about the state that says 85% of the women surveyed were disappointed in the way their husbands proposed. Remember this:
Not one person you lead to Christ will ever, ever be disappointed you did!