Today’s “Pot Stirring Post” is actually more of a thought provoking, post of a theological nature. It’s more of a hurt your feelings type of post rather than a post that will do a whole lot of pot stirring. Before we get into the topic, we must establish the presuppositions that you have to have to discuss the topic. For the discussion on this topic to be productive it must be stated that the Bible is true, it’s God’s Holy Word written by men under inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Without establishing this fact it’s hard to even carry on a productive conversation this week.
If Christians believe the Bible to be true, if Christians believe that the Bible means exactly what it says, if Jesus is the one and only way to salvation: then why aren’t Christians living/acting any different then the rest of the world? If Jesus is necessary for salvation, then why aren’t Christians serious about sharing the Gospel?
Therein lies the conundrum. If these things are true, then the Christian would be compelled to share the Gospel with those he or she encounters on a daily basis. The problem is that people simply aren’t sharing their faith. I have seen studies in the past (I’ll have to find a link to post) that say that only 2% of Christians share their faith (evangelize). Two percent. Two people out of every one hundred people tell others about Jesus. That’s sad. Knowing the Gospel but not sharing in could be compared to knowing the cure for cancer, but keeping it to yourself, or watching someone walk into the path of a speeding vehicle without trying to do anything to save them. Do we not know what the Bible says about evangelism? Do we not know “how” to tell someone else about what Jesus has done for them? Are we scared? Do we even care about the people around us that are dying every day, and without Jesus are headed to Hell?
Here are a couple of Bible verses that make it clear that there are not many ways to get to Heaven, that Heaven is not akin to a mountain with numerous different paths, but that Jesus is the only way for salvation:
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. -John 14:6
“Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it”. -Matt. 7:13-14
“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God”. -John 3:16-18
These are just a couple of the many, many verses that deal with this topic. The Bible is crystal clear- Jesus is the only way for salvation. Because of that it is imperative for all (not just 2%) of Christians to share their faith, to share their “testimony” (which is just a fancy church word for telling their story about what Christ has done for them). It’s time the Church returned to the Gospel, and shared it, even it meant a little ridicule.
It could be that you’re frightened by the prospect of telling someone about Jesus. Maybe you simply do not know how/what to say. There are numerous really good resources out there designed to help you. One that is my personal favorite is the resources by a company known as The Way of the Master. They have studied the way that Jesus shared with people and developed a simply evangelism strategy based around that. They use the Law (the 10 Commandments) to show a person their need for salvation, and then use Grace to show them that their penalty for breaking the Law has been paid by the only one who could. It’s fantastic- and a sound Biblical way to share your faith. They have all sorts of different tracts and other helps for you to. One such tract that you might have seen or heard of is the million dollar bill. It is an eye catching way to break the ice and share with someone the Gospel:
The million dollar bill is an eye catching way to break the ice and share with someone the Gospel. All you have to say is “Hey have you seen one of these?” You can then tell them it’s a Gospel tract and continue the conversation, or just encourage them to read it. Using some of the tracts available at their website can give you the courage to start a conversation with someone you encounter. There are all sorts of free and cheap resources on their site so I would encourage you to take a look around and equip yourself to share your faith with others!
Living for His Glory!