Sharing the Gospel: All You Need Is Story, Part 1
Posted by Ted Torreson
As Christians we’ve been transformed trough the message, or story, of what God has done for us through Jesus (Romans 10:13-17). The story has been passed on to us, and we’re also called to then pass on that story to others that they too might believe. The apostle writes in 1st Peter 3:15,
In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
Peter doesn’t call on all Christians to be evangelists, or street preachers, or those annoying people who harass you until they get you to accept a bible tract. Rather, what he says is to be ready to share the Gospel. If you’re living the Christian life, some how some way people will notice. In their time of need, or plainly out of curiosity, they will ask you for the reason for your hope. So you must be prepared to share it. To do this, you’ll need to know the basics of the biblical story.
How To Tell God’s Story
The easiest way is to remember these four elements.
Creation –> Fall –> Redemption –> Restoration
If you have these four elements, you can tell people of the entire redemptive act of Jesus.
(Creation) God created this world perfect. It was everything we yearn for. The world was good. We had peace with God, with each other, with the animals, & with nature. It was heaven on earth.
(Fall) Yet God had an enemy who convinced humanity that they didn’t need God and that they could run the world better. So humanity was led into rebellion (that is sin) against God. Because of that rebellion, the world isn’t how it should be. There are natural disasters, wars, famine, hatred, suffering, and death. Yet God couldn’t bear for this to go on forever.
(Redemption) He sent his one and only son, Jesus, into the war zone of this world to offer a truce. He paid the price of our rebellion on the cross so that we could be pardoned and forgiven. He has made it possible for a relationship with God again.
(Restoration) Yet God didn’t leave it there. One day, he will come back and restore all of the creation to what it was meant to be. There will be no more wars, sorrow, weeping or pain. It will be heaven on earth once more. Everything will be made right.
This narrative of Creation, Fall, Redemption & Restoration is something every Christian needs to know how to share. Try to speak or to write the gospel story following Creation –> Fall –> Redemption –> Restoration. Feel free to leave your attempt in the comment section below.
Tomorrow, I’ll share what makes people trust the Biblical Story
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Posted on January 9, 2012, in Missional Living, Story Telling, Uncategorized and tagged 1 Peter 3:15, Discipleship, Evangelism, faith, Meta narrative, romans 10, Sharing the Gospel, Story, Teaching the Faith, witness. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.