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Chances are you’ve shared your testimony or answered questions about the Bible, but if you are like many believers, you have never explained to anyone how they can have eternal life and personally led them to Christ. You may have talked with people that would have received Christ had you shared the gospel. This chapter will teach you the basics of the gospel and show you how you can share your faith in just a few minutes when you just don’t have much time or when people just don’t need a long explanation.

Have you ever heard pastors, or evangelists finish their message with a short version of the gospel, and then ask people if they would like to receive Christ? They usually say something about sin, Christ, repent, and receiving Christ. These are the four essential points of the gospel.

People need to know they are sinners, that Christ is the only One who can save them, they need to repent of their sin, and they need to receive Christ. You may have heard pastors or evangelists’ say something like this:
We are sinners, and we need a Savior. Jesus is the only One that can save us. We need to repent of our sins, and we need to receive Christ as our Lord, and Savior.
...Or like this...
You need to realize you are a sinner. Sin separates you from God now, and will separate you from God for all eternity. You also need to recognize that Jesus Christ is the only one who can save you—or remove your sins—so you don’t have to pay the consequences of your sins. You must repent of your sins, which means that you are truly sorry and you want to stop sinning. Finally, you must receive Christ. This means that you are willing to put your trust in Christ, and nothing else.
Now we come to the first puzzling question. When pastors or evangelists say something like this at the end of their message, people will often receive Christ by raising their hand or walking forward. But, if you or I went out and told someone the exact same thing, very seldom would someone receive Christ. Do you know why?

It’s not because they are closer to God or have a special gift. The answer is very simple. Throughout the pastor/evangelists message they used scriptures. The word of God is what speaks to hearts. The “secret” of being used by God to lead people to Christ is very simple: You have to share scriptures from the Bible.

When we talk to people about almost any subject, we rely on reasoning, communication skills, or our own power of persuasion to convince them. When we evangelize, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit to speak to hearts, and the Holy Spirit speaks to hearts through God’s Word. All we have to do is present the information with God’s Word, and God does the conviction, and convincing. This is why sharing the gospel is so easy, and anyone can do it! God’s Word is the power behind the message, and the only thing guaranteed to work. God Himself says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) Here is how I might share the gospel if I only had a few minuets with scriptures:
The gospel is very simple. You need to realize you are a sinner. Sin separates you from God now, and will separate you from God for all eternity. The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Roman 3:23)

You also need to recognize that Jesus Christ is the only one who can save you—or remove your sins—so you don’t have to pay the consequences of your sins. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

You must also repent of your sins, which means that you are truly sorry for your sins, and you want to stop sinning, and make a change in direction. Jesus said, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

Finally, you must receive Christ. This means that you are willing to put your trust in Christ, and nothing else. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12) Do you understand this? Would you like to receive Christ right now?
People have come to Christ after hearing the gospel like this. You could share a short version of the gospel, similar to the one you just read, and lead people to Christ while they are waiting for a bus, taking a break, or after teaching a Sunday school lesson. It has been done many times. Here’s another example with a little more detail.
No one can make it to heaven on his or her own. This is because we are all sinners. Of all the problems you have, sin is your biggest problem. The Bible says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Roman 3:23)

It’s important to realize that you have a sin problem, but that is not enough. You have to be sorry for your sins, and want to stop sinning. This is called repentance. The consequence of sin is separation from God, and eternal death in hell. When we understand the devastating consequences of sin, we should want to stop sinning. Jesus said, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17)

We can’t get rid of our sin—only God can. That’s why Jesus came to earth. Jesus came to solve our sin problem, so we wouldn’t have to be separated from Him, both now, and for all eternity. Jesus died for our sins, rose from the dead, and He is the only one who can remove our sins so we can go to heaven. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

If there were another way to get rid of our sins, Jesus would not have needed to make this sacrifice. It is important to believe in Jesus, but that’s not enough either. We have to trust Christ by receiving Christ. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)
Did you notice in the last example that the four main points were in a different order? Sin and repentance were shared first, and then Christ and receiving Christ. You don’t have to remember the basic gospel in any particular order, like you would a phone number or a combination lock; you simply have to share the four basic points with scriptures. The order doesn’t matter as long as everything gets covered. Just remember that sin and Christ are what people need to understand; repent and receiving Christ are what people need to do.

Your assignment
Write out a short version of the gospel. See if you can say it as though you were talking to someone. You don’t have to say it exactly how you wrote it. Just make sure that you tell people about sin, Christ, repent, and receiving Christ, and that you include scriptures.

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