VILLAGE EVANGELISM

Lecture Three

 

How to share the Gospel

  1. How to approach the subject.  If you simply share what Jesus did on the cross without letting the people know their need of the Gospel, it may come across to them either as foolishness (since if they don’t realise that they are sinning, they don’t understand their need) or offensive (because you are insulting someone by calling them a sinner when they don’t think they are).
  2. If you follow the footsteps of Jesus, and the great men of God down the centuries, you will open the divine Law of the Ten Commandments to show the sinner what he has done wrong and when he realises he is a sinner, then the Good News will not be foolishness or offensive but the power of God to salvation.  When I share the Good News, I will often start at Genesis and the Fall of Man, the Ten Commandments and then what God did about it on the cross.

 

The Gospel Outline

Romans 3:20 explains that by works of the Law no human being will be justified in His sight, since through the Law comes knowledge of sin.  This leaves the sinner guilty before God.
A.  God’s Law tells us what sin is: Romans 7:7: ‘What then shall we say?  The Law is sin!  Yet if it had not been for the Law, I would not have known sin.  I would not have known what it is to covet if the Law had not said, ‘You shall not covet.’
B.  The Law brings us to Christ.  Galatians 3:24: So then, the Law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.

  1. The Fall of Man in Genesis through Adam and Eve brought sin into the world.  God then gave the Law built around the Ten Commandments, which leaves us helpless as the Law does not justify us but leaves us guilty before God.
  2. What did God do about this?  John 3:16 tells us ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him.’
  3. People who accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour are therefore not just accepting Jesus for life enhancement and some extra peace and love, but to flee from the wrath to come, from the consequence of sin, from eternal Hell.  There is no need to take the cure when you are not convinced you have a disease.  We therefore need to convince the people of the truth that they are sinners and Jesus is the only one who can set them free.
  4. True Biblical evangelism is always Law to the proud and Grace to the humble.  With the Law the hard hearts are broken, with the Grace Gospel the broken hearts are healed.
Examples of Jesus giving Law to the proud

Luke 10:25.  The Lawyer tempted Jesus, Jesus gave him the Law.  The lawyer wanted to justify himself and asked ‘And who is my neighbour?’  Jesus told him the story of the Good Samaritan and the lawyer was silenced as he did not love his neighbour as himself.
Luke 18:18  A certain man told Jesus he had kept the commandments.  Jesus showed him that money was his God.

Examples of Jesus giving grace to the humble

John 3:1-15:  Nicodemus was humble
John 1:47-51:  Nathaniel was a humble Israelite  “Behold, an Israelite indeed in whom is no deceit”.
John 4:7-26:  Jesus approached the woman at the well in the natural realm first then the Law of God, for the Law shows sin in its true light and this leads to repentance
Charles Spurgeon said, “They will never accept grace until they tremble before a holy and just law.  They will never take the cure unless they are first convinced they have a disease.”

 

For you to think about
  1. Apply how Jesus gave the Law to convince a proud person of his need for the Gospel, to people in our day
  2. Apply how Jesus gave grace to the humble to a person of our day
  3. Prepare a sermon for around 100 people using the Law summarised in the Ten Commandments and what Jesus did for us to set us free.
  4. Think about how you came to Christ and what this meant for you.

 

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