Sharing God's Story
All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
– 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
You are an Ambassador:
An ambassador is one who represents a nation or Kingdom, or more specifically, the ruler of that nation. Ambassadors go out to the foreign places they are sent to deliver the message of the ruler who has sent them. We are ambassadors for Christ. He has sent us out into the world with His message of redemption and salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We need to deliver that message.
In my last post, I talked about sharing your stories of how God has worked or is working in your life. This can be a great way to tell others about God, but we must also let them know that God’s story isn’t just for us in our lives. His story is for all people. So, we share the Gospel, the Good News, the story of what God has done for each one of us and all of creation that others might know Him as we know Him.
Knowing the Story:
In order to tell the story, we must know the story. Have you ever said out loud the story of Jesus? It doesn’t have to be long and involved and there is no one set way of telling it, but we should know it and be ready to share it. The Gospel message, at it’s most basic, has three parts.
- Humanity has a problem
- Jesus is the solution to that problem
- You can have that solution through faith in Jesus
Admittedly, that’s a very simplistic way saying it, but this is meant to be a framework on which you can craft your way of telling the Gospel story. The Bible talks about salvation in many ways, as an atoning sacrifice, victory over death and hell, forgiveness of sins, new life, restoration of creation, God reconciling humanity to himself, restoring the relationship of God and people, etc.
So, there are many ways to tell others about Jesus. We may talk about how our relationship with God is broken because we rejected Him; but Jesus came to restore that relationship and if we have faith in Him, that relationship is restored. Or we may talk about how we are all dead in our sins; but Jesus died that we might have life in Him, not by works, but through faith. How you share the Gospel will depend on your personality and the context in which you are sharing it, but it’s good to have thought about (and even spoken out loud) the Gospel so you are ready when the opportunity to share it presents itself.
How Would You Tell the Story?
So, how would you tell the Gospel story? Think about it a bit. Then write down your way of sharing the Gospel.
Share Your Thoughts:
- Share the Gospel as you would tell it in the comments below.