So what exactly does it mean to share the Gospel?

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Teleios recently evaluated how often evangelical Christians share the Gospel and what makes a person fear doing so.  We surveyed all attendees at one Sunday worship service in a Midwestern Evangelical Church. Approximately 370 people participated.

Last week we discussed that this survey indicated Bible believing Christians have generally high ratings of wellbeing. Although some respondents confessed to fear in explaining the Gospel to others, they continued to present with better wellbeing than those who do share the Gospel.

Approximately 30% said they share the Gospel verbally once a month or more. However, they also indicated that they felt a need to exaggerate how frequently they actually evangelized! Why?  Perhaps they overstated how much they shared because of their hesitancy to tell the Gospel to others.  This is probably consistent with many of our experiences.

The survey also discovered what many people consider to be sharing the Gospel may not necessarily include a verbal explanation! In fact, a verbal Gospel message came in only number five on the list of how people say they share. Most common methods are noted below.

Table 1 – Most common methods to share the Gospel

Question
N
%
I normally share the Gospel by doing any of the following (choose all that apply):
Lifestyle example
288
78%
Praying for others
263
71%
Encouraging others
260
70%
Loving others
251
68%
Verbally communicating the elements of the Gospel message
110
30%
Inviting others to church
106
29%
Giving videos or books
85
23%

Is it important you actually verbalize the Gospel? Is simply living a pure life or praying for others sufficient?

The Bible indicates in Romans 10:13-15 that someone has to actually hear the words of the Gospel to understand salvation. Further, the apostle Paul in 1st Thessalonians 2:9-10 noted that although he worked day and night to live a blameless life in front of the Thessalonians, he still verbally spoke the Gospel to them. In other words, non-verbal efforts, although important, will not bring somebody to belief. A non-Christian needs to hear the specific Gospel message.

Is sharing the Gospel message to be feared? In a humanist society where Christians often are demonized as judgmental, and our adversaries claim they are more loving because they accept all religions (except Christianity), we often feel ashamed. Yet if our God is the God of the Bible, He has given us His power and truth to salvation and for daily living. We have a wonderful message to give our colleagues, family and friends. We are correct and society is wrong! Therefore, we should be confident in sharing these truths in a patient and loving manner (II Timothy 2:24-25).

As a physician, if I knew the truth about someone’s life-threatening medical condition and also knew how to cure it, would I withhold disclosing the diagnosis in case my patient found it offensive or didn’t believe me?  If so, I would be a terrible doctor! We have the truth which we can help others. Our society needs the truth of the Gospel!

How do we effectively share the Gospel in our complex culture? That’s a great question and we’ll discuss this next week. Please join me as we discussed how to share the Gospel.

WC Stewart


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