Summary: Every one of us in this room knows someone who is outside of Christ. Now it is time to share with them the Gospel.
I) SETTING THE STAGE
Before you can share the Gospel with someone you must be completely convinced that your life is much better now then it was before Christ. You must also believe that the same will be true of anyone who receives Christ
If this is true then we begin by:
Talking to people individually
Rely on reciprocal reflexes
Seizing split second opportunities
Not underestimating the degree of interest
II) MAKE THE MESSAGE CLEAR
A) It is the responsibility of every believer to be able to make a clear presentation of the Gospel.
2 Tim. 4:2
B) Some basics that will help us make our presentation clear
He is loving
He is holy
He is just
He died in our place.
He paid a debt He did not owe
I owed a debt I could not pay
I needed someone to wash my sins away
And now I sing a brand new song
Amazing Grace, all day long
Christ Jesus paid the debt
That I could never pay
Some might ask “Why did the debt have to be paid? Why couldn’t God just forgive and forget?”
Personal response is essential
4) Religion VS Christianity
Religion is spelled D-O
Christianity is spelled D-O-N-E
III) THE BIG FINALE
A. You must admit that you are a sinner.
1. Romans 3:9,10
2. Romans 3:23
3. I John 1:8
B. You must know that Jesus saves. John 3:16,17
1. He died for us
2. He bore our sins
3. He reconciled us to God
II Cor. 5:19-21
4. He saved us from eternal death
C. You must have faith.
1. Faith comes by hearing
2. Faith is necessary
3. Faith is in Christ
4. Faith alone will not save
5. Faith leads to repentance
D. You must repent.
1. Repentance is commanded
2. Repentance is a response to the Gospel.
3. Repentance is produced by God's Love.
E. You must confess.
1. Confession is with the mouth
2. Confession is of Christ
3. Confession is before witnesses
I Tim. 6:12
F. You must be Baptized.
1. Baptism is Commanded by Christ
2. Baptism was practiced by the Apostles.
3. Baptism is immersion in water
4. Baptism is the place where we come into contact with God's saving Grace
5. Baptism is a picture of Christ's death and resurrection
a. Pictures the past- What Christ did (vs. 3)
b. Pictures the present- What we are doing (vs. 4)
c. Pictures the future- What God will do. (vs. 6)
G. You must Grow.
1. Remain Steadfast
2. Add Christian virtues
b. Galatians 5:22,23
3. Be a soul winner
4. Study the word
II Tim. 2:15
CONCLUSION: Would you like to be a friend of God? He wants to be your friend. Will you respond.