Sharing the Gospel
“Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins. Everyone who believes in him is made right in God’s sight—something the law of Moses could never do. Be careful! Don’t let the prophets’ words apply to you. For they said, ‘Look, you mockers, be amazed and die! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.’”
As Paul and Barnabas left the synagogue that day, the people begged them to speak about these things again the next week. Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, and the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God.
Acts of the Apostles 13:38-43 NLT
Paul set up the pattern of going first to the Jewish synagogue to share the good news of Jesus. The leader of the synagogue invited them to greet the people. Paul started with the Old Testament prophecies and preached that Jesus was the Messiah, He was rejected by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem, crucified by man, resurrected by God, and forgiveness came only through Jesus.
The message was clear. Paul started with scripture that they were familiar with and gave an application that was new to them—Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s prophecies.
We need to be sure we can make a clear presentation of the gospel. When we talk to people, we should start with something familiar to them. I find it critical to connect with someone before I try to talk to them about Jesus. Sometimes it is sports, children, grandchildren, work, or hobbies. I look for common ground to open the door.
Once the door is open, I want to connect the dots from where they are to Who Jesus is and what He wants to do in and through them. This type of sharing is where the Holy Spirit is crucial. We must be open to the Holy Spirit as He directs us. He knows every detail of that person’s life—He is waiting for someone to be a channel for Him to release life into them. Jesus died so they could be forgiven and be a part of God’s family.
Holy Spirit, help me to see people around me the way You see them. Help me to be sensitive to what You want to do in their lives through me.
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