Eric Velasco | Category: Mission
“In one minute or less, explain the Christian gospel to me.”
I recently heard a pastor explain how he would ask this question at interviews not to simply check off a box or “pull a fast one” on potential church members, but simply to gauge a person’s ability to know what, exactly, it is that Christians believe.
When asked the same question by a non-believing friend or family member, would you be able to provide a clear, concise answer?
In order to equip the brethren at Three Rivers Grace, I would like to commend two simple tools which can be used greatly to share and explain the gospel.
One-Verse Evangelism – used by the Navigators ministry organization and freely shared online.
This tool shares the gospel message using a single verse. I usually use Romans 6:23 which clearly explains the four main topics of the essential Christian message:
Figure 1 – Image credit Navigators
One-verse evangelism is a simple conversational way to share the message of the Gospel and the basic propositions of Scripture. Other helpful verses are John 5:24, John 1:12 or Ephesians 2:8-10 – or enjoy finding your own! This method allows the Bible to speak for itself, without getting lost on theological rabbit trails.
Christianity Explained - http://www.christianityexplained.com/
A more long-form tool for evangelism, Christianity Explained is essentially a six-week study through the Gospel of Mark. The lessons are broken down to six sessions:
One benefit of this approach is that it does not require attendees to have a working knowledge of the Bible. Sometimes in Gospel presentations or Bible studies, visitors are intimated by the presumed depth of the knowledge the “regulars” have. By keeping the discussion simple, Christianity Explained helps keep the basics at the center of the discussion and allows visitors a chance to digest God’s Word (presuming any Christian visitors keep away from discussion of difficult or contentious topics).
Another benefit is that it introduces potential new believers to the habit of regular Bible intake. As the curriculum encourages attendees to simply read the book of Mark, they are exposed to and allowed to question God’s Word for themselves. Those who would be saved can then transition into a discipling relationship or Bible-study which will continue to grow and mold them into the image of the Savior.
To conclude, one of my favorite writers Charles Spurgeon has written that two God-ward qualifications of winning souls are a living faith and a thorough earnestness for it. “The Lord Jesus Christ wept over Jerusalem and you will have to weep over sinners if they are to be saved through you.” Let us pray that the LORD would give us awareness, opportunity and willingness to share the Gospel to those among us.