For Patty…Some More on How to Share the Gospel, Part 4

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 in Blog Posts | 1 comment

Thanks to my friend for asking if I had posted one today or if her refresh button wasn’t working!

I didn’t realize when I began to answer Patty’s question using 1 Thessalonians as my source for the answers just how many parts this thing would end up having.  I hope they are helping any of you who are checking in daily.

I hope, also, that the length has not been a deterrent.  If so, oh well.  It just proves my point all the time of how rich God’s Word is.

As I went back to the rest of my quiet time notes on 1 Thessalonians, I saw the diligence in Paul’s life to teach the new converts the words of God, to explain how to live godly lives in a community where not all people believed as they did, and how he didn’t just leave them hanging.

I know I have already written something like that, but I see it throughout the rest of his letter.

He also spoke of the fact that he and these new believers were called by God to live sanctified lives in the midst of others who did not believe or live as they were called to do.  Sanctified means set apart for God.  Again, we see not only his words but also a living out of these words in his own life.

Earlier I had hoped you would read 1 Corinthians 15 in order to grasp what to share in the gospel message to another.

When we share the gospel we are sharing not only our own lives with others, not only do we share God, but we get down to the very core of the gospel.  Jesus Christ.  This gospel saves lives.  See 1 Corinthians 15:1-5.
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.” – (ESV)

Please read all of that chapter so you can grasp so much of the gospel message there.  It is so rich.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of Jesus Christ’s life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and God’s purpose in all of that.

It takes faith.  That is something none of us can impart to another.  However, we can impart the gospel message to others in our words, actions, and very lives.  Whether they receive it or not is not up to us.  If we are obedient to share it then we have to trust God is at work in their lives to begin softening their hearts to receive it either right then or the 15th time you or someone else shares it with them.

Well, Patty, I hope you’ve been checking in.  I pray you and I are more encouraged to share the gospel with others.  Now, we need to be obedient to God’s direction.

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  1. AMEN

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