Evangelism

1 12 2008

My wife and I are in an evangelism study group at church.  This week, as a class, our task was to, in 3 sentences or less, explain to someone what we believe.  In other words, when an unchurched person asks us what we believe, what is a short, concise response that will perhaps open the door to further witnessing.  Here is what we come up with.  I welcome your feedback.

“I believe that God loves us and created us for a relationship with Him which is a free gift available to all who chose to accept it.  We were all born sinners, but God sent His only son, Jesus, to pay the price.  He overcame death on the cross so that the relationship with Him can be restored forever”.

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9 responses

1 12 2008
Shawn W

I like yours, but am not sure any of us can improve on John 3:16.

2 12 2008
BuffaloNickel

Excellent point.

2 12 2008
Bill

Here’s mine:

We’re all guilty of lying, stealing, and disobeying our parents, thereby breaking God’s law–the Ten Commandments. As guilty lawbreakers, we deserve to be punished in hell. While we were enemies with God, He gave His life to pay for our sins; if we repent and put our faith in Jesus, we can have our sins forgiven.

Thanks,
Bill

2 12 2008
laurie pettay

3:16 is the perfect way to express it, but John had a front row seat and was much more succinct. I like yours also.

2 12 2008
BuffaloNickel

Bill, I think you captured most of the key elements. However, I still think
focusing on God’s love for us right up front is more appealing to a
non-believer. Shawn is right that John 3:16 can’t really be trumped.
For God so LOVED the world…

2 12 2008
BuffaloNickel

Thanks, Laurie…you outta come check out our class!

5 12 2008
Bill

I don’t necessarily think we’re trying to appeal to unbelievers. They’re dead in their sin (Eph 2:1), and children of the devil (1 John 3:10). My goal is to explain the gospel in a way that makes sense.

If people don’t understand that their sins have to be punished, the cross won’t make any sense. No one will seek a Savior unless they realize they’re in need of saving. John 3:16 is a nice verse (along with many others), but it doesn’t show us the predicament we’re in. When the Holy Spirit works on an unbeliever, He doesn’t show him or her God’s love, but convicts them of the guilt of their sin, and the judgment to come (John 16:8).

Thanks,
Bill

7 12 2008
BuffaloNickel

I still think focusing on God’s love for us is a better tactic than the punishment.

7 12 2008
Sarah

Great discussion!

I tagged you in my blog – http://readingteachersrock.blogspot.com/2008/12/7-random-facts.html

Enjoy!

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