Preaching the Gospel

Preaching the Gospel

“Bring people to a place where they wish Christianity was true, then show them it’s true.”

- Blaise Pascal

Sermon Recap:

This Sunday we talked about the Christian mandate of being Christ’s witnesses to the world around us. We acknowledged that there is a ton of opposition when it comes to being a witness or preaching the Gospel to people that are close to us but far from God. These include spiritual opposition, cultural opposition, and personal opposition. Not only is there opposition keeping us from peaching the Gospel well; but it’s also possible that our methods have become outdated and our message watered down.

With all of these potential obstacles, how can we become effective at sharing the Gospel message with our friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors?  

We should become a people who live compelling lives and tell compelling stories. 

Live a compelling life. (John 4:9)

Life a life of radical obedience to Jesus that causes people to do a double-take. 

Tell a compelling story. (John 4:13-14)

Use your words to help people see that your compelling life comes from a personal relationship with Jesus which changes everything. Find the pain points in the lives of your friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors; and offer Jesus as the solution to their pain. 

As we do this we should pray with confidence knowing that whether we see the results or not, God is working in peoples' lives to bring about a great spiritual harvest. (Matthew 9:37-38)

- If you want to catch-up on this message or watch/listen to it again, you can do so here.
- Below is a handout that was given along with this message. Feel free to use it to craft a version of your personally compelling story. Then you can use it to share the message of Jesus with people who are close to you but far from God.
Additional Resources:
If this Sunday’s message caused you to want to dig deeper, below are a few additional resources that Pastor Ryan recommends.

1. God Tools App

This is a great app that can help you form compelling ways to share the story of Jesus.

2. Preach the Gospel Series

This sermon series from Bridgetown Church is a great way to go deeper in the area of sharing your faith in a compelling way.

3. Tim Keller— Bringing the Gospel to a Post-Christian America

This interview is a very in-depth look at the methodology behind preaching the Gospel to a Post-Christian America.

4. Evangelism Curriculum

Alpha and Starting Point are both excellent curriculums that churches can use to create space for non-christian to wrestle with the gospel of Jesus in compelling and culturally relevant ways. If you’re intersted in helping create something like this at our church, we would love to talk with you about it. 

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