If someone said to you: “Tell me the Gospel”, would you be able to do it. Peter says in 1 Peter 3:15 that:
“……in your hearts revere 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.”
The clear implication here is that we should be able to give some explanation of the gospel that has led us to have hope in Christ. I believe it is good to have a four point check list in our minds to guide us in seeking to present the glorious gospel to people..
- God is Holy. Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing (Hab. 1:13a). This is the nature of the true and living God who made all mankind and to whom all mankind is accountable. He hates sin.
- Human beings are sinful. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) is how Paul states it. We have all departed from God’s pure and holy standards. Everyone is culpable for failing to keep God’s commandments which are summed up in these two great commandments:- Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’ (Matt. 22:37-40). In our sinful plight we are under the wrath of God; we are destined for hell. Our situation is disastrous.
- Christ has died. we preach Christ and Him crucified because it is through His death we have forgiveness of sins. The gospel is set before us by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:3b-4 when he says Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. Our Lord Jesus Christ has done everything to achieve salvation for us.
- We need to repent and believe. Our Lord Jesus started His ministry by saying that The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’ (Mark 1:15b). And Paul told the Ephesian elders that I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus (Acts 20:21). We therefore need to urge people to confess their sins and sinful state before God. They need then to repent and trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am further challenged by the importance of having good gospel leaflets available with me to use to pass on the message. I confess to having being very slack on this of late.