Last night I did a teaching on Facebook live on sharing the gospel. Here’s the expanded outline.
Rekindle the passion for people.
Sometimes our passion for people can wane. People are messy. Yet they are worth it. God thought so (John 3:16). Yet I find the holiest of Jesus’ disciples can be the more sinful than people without Christ.
Have pre-evangelism conversations.
Turn “everyday conversations into gospel conversations.” Yet sometimes we must know when it’s not yet time to bring the gospel to the conversation. I’m not saying wait long. Or even wait. But sometimes we need to have a few real conversations with people so we can feel them out. Let them know we are not just trying to make them a project.
Know the simplicity of the gospel.
1 Cor 15:3-4, Mark 1:15
Share the gospel.
I like imagery. Most of the time I will use a napkin to draw a cross, or circle(s) and use it to explain the gospel Here’s an example you can us.
Know how to close.
Before getting people to pray a prayer of salvation, let them say yes to these questions:
1. Do you see God has a design on your life? (Gen 1:27)
2. Do you recognize the problem? You are a sinner? (Rom 3:23)
3. Do you believe Jesus Christ died and rose again for you? (1 Cor 15:3-4)
4. Are you repenting and believing right now? (Mark 1:15)
There are churches all over the world. In neighborhoods. In cities. In rural areas. There are churches. And we have preconceived ideas of what church is all about. Yet what should churches be responsible for? A few years ago a man talked to me about how he did not think churches should be tax exempt as they gave very little back to their communities. I was offended and shocked. Offended in that I have a higher value of what churches do. I was shocked in that this man did not have any higher view of the church himself. After a while I started thinking. I tried to identify what churches actually did that helped their communities. I want to be honest. I had a hard time making the list. One reason the list is hard is the church operates in the spiritual realm. Changed lives are our game. Community transformation in lives changed is one thing we give back. Churches also contribute people to city councils, jobs and businesses in the community. Then churches also do projects in their communities. Often for free, but how often does that happen?
The church’s job in the world is to witness (Acts 1:8) to the gospel (1 Cor 15:3-4) of Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit and make disciples (Matt 28:19) of those who receive Jesus as savior.
In order for this to happen, here is a list of commitments every church should make to its community. These are not commitments to the church. We have enough of them. These are commitments to unchurched people.
- When you come to church, and we say “come as you are,” we mean it.
- We acknowledge people are messy and life change takes time.
- We will keep in perspective our own sins and will not be hypocrites.
- We will preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to you.
- We will handle you right.
- We will expect you will receive Christ as savior, follow Him in baptism and then walk as a disciple of Jesus.
- We will care more about your soul than we do our own traditions.
Notice very little of this has to do with up front doctrine. Each can be traced to doctrine yet is application of doctrine. I find most churches are stuck in what they stand against. Churches expect more holiness from the lost or new believer than they do from those who are much further along.
One thing I have noticed in churches is when new believers come in the church they are expected to meet with a sanctification timeline of the existing members.
Churches need to make commitments to their communities. We have had plenty of making commitments to ourselves.
The recovery of one-on-one disciple making
- Change your focus (reverse the inversion)
- Change your calendar
- Change your content
Making disciples who make disciples (the new buzzphrase)
- Disciple making must be relational
- Disciple making must be intentional
- Disciple making must be reproducible
The legend of Jon Burton (relational).
- Look to the young people (Cru, Billy Graham, Navigators, etc)
- Dave and Rick Brittian
- Test firing it myself.
The rise of Tim Ebert (intentional).
Follow up … most people don’t get the foundational follow up they needed and deserved when they crossed the line of faith.
We focus on the internals before focusing on the externals. While we don’t ignore the externals, we know that real change from the getting a man to look to God who changes the man from the inside.
The topics we use are these:
- Finding confidence in your relationship with God.
- Experiencing the love and forgiveness of God.
- Being filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
- Walking with God.
The reach of Chris Navarro (reproducible).
- Discipling the homeless and down and out of Las Cruces, New Mexico.