There are many things I wish I had known when I started to preach the gospel…and many things I am sure I am yet to learn! But one thing I wish I did know, the gospel really well. Not just being able to reel off a script I had written, but being able to answer questions and articulate the gospel to non-believers in many different circumstances.
For example, sharing the gospel with a devout Muslim may look very different to sharing with a student who has never been to church before. The Muslim will already believe there is a God and may have even read the Bible whereas the student may not believe there is a God or may think there is a higher power but beyond that not much.
Obviously, the Holy Spirit is the one who speaks through us and will ultimately ‘cut to the heart’ as it says in Acts 2:37 but it also says ‘Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful’ in Joshua 1:8.
It is wise to know the gospel as well as we can and to constantly refresh ourselves on the core parts of what it means to follow Jesus so that we will ‘always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks [us] to give the reason for the hope that [we] have’.
This ‘One Thing’ blog is more of an ongoing thing after the initial Holy Spirit lightbulb moment as it requires time and effort to dwell on and study the gospel.
If like me, you want to know the gospel better I can recommend a short read called ‘What is the Gospel’ by Greg Gilbert. He goes through the gospel in an easy to understand way looking at 4 topics: God, man, Christ and response.
Joe Boston is an intern for Advance.
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