I think sometimes as Christians we present the gospel as if it is some magic solution to all of life’s problems. Now I do believe the gospel solves all of life’s problems, but not in the simplistic, materialistic way it is often presented. Obedience to the gospel does not mean we will live easy lives with nice houses and big cars. It does not insulate us from the troubles of this world. Instead of presenting the gospel in this way, I think we need to add at least these three truths:
1. We have chosen to follow a suffering Savior. This means that we also will suffer (John 15:18-20). Jesus went about doing good, yet He still suffered because of it (Acts 10:38). We should expect the same.
2. Repentance is a part of God’s plan (Acts 2:38). Repentance is a radical worldview change with regards to our understanding of the person of Jesus and the nature of His rule in your life. It means changing one’s attitude and specific actions. It means taking seriously Jesus message concerning radical discipleship. Discipleship requires us to love Jesus above all, die to ourselves, and give all to God (Luke 14:25-34).
3. We are offering forgiveness and the joy of eternal life (Acts 2:38; John 11:26). God still saves. Therefore, when we present the good news to people we cannot forget He is still the gracious God who acted decisively on our behalf (John 3:16; Romans 5:6-8).
The gospel means good news. Evangelism simply means sharing this good news with others. When we share this good news, let’s make sure we share it completely so that people who make the decision to follow Jesus understand the cost and the blessings.
What other areas do you think we fail to emphasize when we are presenting the gospel to those around us?
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