JULY 15, 2019
Sharing the Gospel & Sharing Your Life
Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.
One of the fundamental truths of our gospel (good news) is that God became a man and lived with us. In the midst of lofty sermons of spiritual insight and incredible miracles, the Gospels tell us of everyday things Jesus did–go to weddings, eat dinner, and take naps. Why include such mundane details? Because central to Jesus’ strategy of making disciples was to live life with people, the everyday stuff. Jesus instilled a principle in His followers that rings true to this day: truth travels best the road of relationships.
Paul clearly followed in Jesus’ footsteps as he ministered to the people of Thessalonica. As Paul reminds the believers there how he had shared both the gospel and his life with them, he says the reason he was delighted to do so was his love for them. Effective evangelism is always rooted in love for lost people.
We often speak about “sharing the gospel” with people and for good reason! It is our priority as Christ-followers to tell people the good news we have encountered. And, the Scriptures do not just tell us what we should tell people but also how we should tell them. Truth is not just to be discussed and debated but also demonstrated. To be imitators of Christ, we must share our lives with people in genuine friendship that is rooted in love. Take a look at this story of how something as simple as a genuine friendship led to a life transformed by Jesus.
How would that look in your life? How would that work in your community group? Dream a bit. Imagine if every week you gathered, every person had a non-believing friend to pray for. Imagine if throughout the year, every group was praying for, loving, and reaching more people like Hua. Imagine what Jesus would do through a congregation released to share both their faith and their lives.
Take a Class
- Panorama of the Bible–know the story of the Bible
- Evangelism–learn how to tell your story and share your faith
Study in Community
- Evangelism Curriculum–learn as a small group how to tell your story and share your faith
Adopt an International Student
Meet with an international student at least once a month.
- U of A’s iFriend program: email@example.com, 479-575-6665
- NWACC’s Friendship Families program: Lou Lo, firstname.lastname@example.org, 479-986-4069
Read a Book
- The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman