Jesus commands us to go and make disciples of all nations and we can start with great gusto leaving that service encouraging you to talk to everyone and share the gospel. But once you get in the car and drive home, suddenly that motivation has shrunk and suddenly you're struggling to even admit to your neighbour or colleague you went to church at the weekend.
I think, this feeling happens because we put too much pressure on the emphasis to say the succinct gospel we have ready to roll out and long too hard for the perfect moment. Today, pulling on lots of advice I've been given I want to break that feeling, today I want to show you how sharing the gospel happens in every part of your life.
What is the Gospel? Paul summarises this really well in Romans 1 v 16-17 saying; "I am not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew and then to the Gentile. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith just as it is written: the righteous will live by faith."
Wow, that's a lot just in those two verses and you could spend a week unpacking the deep theology held in those words. However, we're keeping this simple.
the gospel is the power to save: the gospel which simply means "good news" is what has the power to save, the power of God to put us in right standing with Him. The four gospels are worth reading for a deeper understanding,
The gospels are all about Jesus, so it's by His ministry, His death and His resurrection that we have life. To see someone saved, they need to know of Jesus sacrifice for them, trust in it to save them, repent and accept Him as their King.
The righteous will live by faith. God's people live by trusting Him, so when it comes to sharing the gospel, we must trust that He can work in us to save those around us.
So now we know what needs to happen for someone to be saved, we must look at:
What are we called to do?
To know what God has asked us to do let read Matthew 28v18-20: "Jesus said to them, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Again, let's go through this step by step.
We go under the authority of the one who rules over all, so this is a command we must listen to.
Next Jesus tells us to make disciples of all nations. We must share the gospel with everyone, all over the planet, every tribe, nation and tounge. So, your mission field doesn't have to be half way around the world, start with where God has put you.
Baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Baptism is essential when someone comes to faith in Christ, ensure that they are baptised into God's kingdom and welcomed into the church community.
Teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. Evangelism goes beyond bringing someone to know Jesus, it's about discipling and teaching and bringing them up in the faith. I use the language of bringing up a child because when we come to know Jesus we are young and immature in our faith and need someone to teach us and show us what Jesus taught. They need to know everything, and need you to walk with them on that journey.
I will be with you always. Jesus doesn't leave us on our own for this task, in Acts 1 He sends the Spirit to work in us, to lead and guide us. Have confidence because of this, you are not alone when you stand in Jesus.
So know we know what it is, and what to do;
How do we do it?
Sharing the gospel is a whole life event. It's not just about that one time you mention Jesus or church, it's about living amongst the world and showing the world Jesus.
Every part of your life needs to radiate Jesus; whether it's how you behave at a football match or protest, how you welcome people into your home, taking down the fences to let your neighbours in, the way you avoid gossip with other parents in the playground or colleagues at work. It's about being distinct in every part of your life, not just when people ask about Jesus. Don't do it just for the sake of it, but do it because it's the Godly choice, the God glorifying choice. I remember hearing Danno from Christian's in sport telling us to just be normal.
A friend who had recently come to know Jesus was talking about my mum in her testimony, saying she was different, there was something about the way she carried herself, her certainty and confidence had made this friend look twice at my mum's life.
Now, before we get carried away, how you live is not enough to lead someone to Jesus, but it's how you begin to build your foundations of friendship, how you show there's something in your life worth knowing.
Next, we speak.
Rico Tice once put it; We speak, God opens blind eyes. I have never forgotten that statement, because it relieved all the pressure! Suddenly it doesn't fall on me to change this person, I just have to show them who God is and the amazing offer on the table, then God will be the one who opens their eyes.
Just because someone says no the first time, doesn't mean you stop! Keep going, keep being normal, have those normal conversations at the table just as if your non-christian friends were Christians, I can promise that 95% of the time, you'll actually get interesting conversation.
So, hopefully, that can help ease the pressure. Hopefully you have the confidence that each part of your life is part of that big jigsaw puzzle, if you have any questions, as usual do not hesitate to get in touch! Keep an eye on the social pages for more hints and tips.