2 Share Or Not 2 Share?

Posted: March 25, 2014 in From Me To You, Referrals, Theology
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It’s been a crazy month-and-a-half, but I’m back at it now, and I’ve got some great posts coming up. It’s tough sometimes, deciding what to share with my readers first. But in life, we all have to choose what and when to share with others. Take, for example, this past weekend.

I was an adult chaperone for a youth trip to St Louis, MO from Friday morning to Sunday night. The weekend was for this year’s tour of Dare 2 Share, a national organization that puts on weekend conventions to train teens how to share their faith (I highly recommend this weekend for your youth group, if you are looking for something in that vein). That sounds great, doesn’t it? Our youth really need to learn how to share their faith, don’t they? With all the news in the past few years about teens committing suicide because they are bullied and lonely, stories about teen pregnancies and drug use, and other cultural tales of the depravity of our young people, it sure seems to be the most important focus of evangelism.

But wait — what about those who are already grown up and contributing to society? What about our coworkers and our neighbors? What about the parents who are guiding their teens?

What about YOU learning to share your faith with YOUR PEERS?

It’s not only the next generation who needs Jesus — it’s also the mass of individuals who are driving the educational system, driving the entertainment industry, approving budgets for governmental spending, and all other who share the influence of our country and our world. God does not see age as a reason to set people into the “lost cause” category. It hurt teens just as much (if not more) to be rejected or mess up when witnessing. Be an example for your own children or your friends’ children in taking the opportunity to witness. But how should you start?

The video I am posting was made by an artist who calls himself Propaganda. If you have not seen it before, you  will probably enjoy seeing what he does and how he does it. He uses a form of poetry called “spoken word” to get his message across.

In this particular video, he outlines a basic method of sharing the Gospel with someone, using the acronym G.O.S.P.E.L. Here’s what it means:

G — God created us to be with Him. (Gen 1-2)

O — Our sins separate us from God. (Gen 3)

S — Sins cannot be removed by good deeds. (Gen 4 – Mal 4)

P — Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again. (Matt – Luke)

E — Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life. (John)

L — Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever. (Acts – Rev)

Note that it is important to start with Genesis 1, not Genesis 3. Many begin with Genesis 3, saying that we are sinners and that we are separated from God, but this approach can cause problems in effectively showing God’s love and in setting up the overall arc of the Gospel message.

See, mankind is not a wicked race. But mankind is not a good race, either. MANKIND IS BOTH GOOD AND WICKED. This is the primary focus of the Gospel, that mankind has the potential to be reunited with the Father but cannot do so on his own. That is why Jesus came down to pay the price in our stead. We cannot do it on our own, but neither are we without hope. it is by God’s grace that we are called back to Him. But it is important to remember that we began life with Him and were separated by sin — we are not fundamentally sinful, we are fundamentally fallen.

That is perhaps a subtle difference, but it makes all the difference in this dark world. People will be more receptive when you begin with the positive rather than the negative. As an added incentive, you will be more biblically based as well, since you are preaching a Genesis 1 Gospel message rather than a Genesis 3 Gospel message.

I will write a more focused article on this Genesis 1 vs Genesis 3 at some point and put it in the Theology section of this blog, but this quick synopsis will have to do for now.

I pray that you would be empowered to speak the truth into the lives of those around you, with love, boldness, and with power; effectively for the intended audience; and with a mind toward the biblical form.

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