Feb 2, 2012
I learned to share the Gospel with the Four Spiritual Laws, Evangelism Explosion, and a couple other approaches.
These all had their strengths, but I was not satisfied.
What I was looking for
I was looking for a Gospel-presentation that —
- told a story — God’s work in history from Creation through Fall to Redemption and Restoration.
- connected — with people in their longing for joy and heart-satisfaction
- glorified God — as our highest joy and satisfaction
- explained sin — not just as breaking commands, but also as turning from the God who is our joy — and that this turning deserves God’s wrath
- explained faith — not just as trusting Christ to save me from hell, but also as trusting Christ to bring me to God, who is fulness of joy
- was Bible-based — had people read specific Scriptures
- was conversational — not just a one-way speech, but which encouraged discussion
- was relatively easy — did not require a lot of memorization for the one sharing.
What I found
I discovered an approach explained by William Fay in his book Share Jesus without Fear.
He uses 7 scriptures. He opens to the first one, has the person read it, and then asks “what is that saying?”
After some discussion, he moves on to the second verse, and continues verse by verse until they finish discussing the seventh Scripture.
Why I liked that approach
It’s because it’s Bible-based, conversational, and relatively easy.
My church leaders did suggest a helpful change. Many people are not comfortable reading out loud. So my leaders suggested that after opening the Bible, we read each verse to the person as he or she looks at the page with us.
What Scriptures to use?
I wanted to find Scriptures that addressed the concerns I listed above.
So here’s the seven Scriptures I use —
Genesis 1:1 — “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
What is this saying? That God created everything.
Psalm 16:11 — “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
What is this saying? That full and never-ending joy is found in God’s presence.
Jeremiah 2:12-13 — “Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”
What is this saying? That we have all sinned by turning from God — the only living water that will satisfy our thirsty souls.
Romans 1:18-21 — “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
What is this saying? That God’s wrath is against us because we have turned from Him.
I Peter 3:18 — “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”
What is this saying? That Jesus died for our sins, receiving God’s wrath in Himself, so we could be forgiven and brought to the all-satisfying joy of knowing God.
Acts 3:19 — “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.”
What is this saying? That if I repent — turn from whatever else I have been trusting to satisfy me — and turn to trust Jesus — then because of Jesus’ death my sins will be blotted out.
John 7:37-38 — “On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”
What is this saying? That if I believe in Jesus, He will satisfy my thirst with living water — the all-satisfying and eternal joy of knowing God.
If you have read each Scripture, and he understands each Scripture, you could ask —
- Do you see that you can only be fully satisfied in knowing God?
- Do you understand that you are under God’s wrath because you have turned from Him?
- Do you see that Jesus died to pay for your sins and bring you to God?
- Are you ready to repent and trust Jesus to save, direct, and satisfy you?
If he agrees with the above, lead him in prayer through each point.
Notes in the margin
To make this even easier, in the margin of Genesis 1:1 you could write the second Scripture and the page number on which it occurs — so you can know where to go next.
Do this for every Scripture — and you won’t need to worry about remembering all seven Scriptures in the proper order.
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