A Gospel Primer
No one disagrees with the gospel’s logic of perfection vs. imperfection:
1) Ask someone, “Are you, like me, morally imperfect, and you disobey your inner voice?”
2) After their “Sure!” say “If there’s a Heaven or utopia [long pause] we can’t go! If I hurt your feelings in Heaven or vice versa, it’s not Heaven. How can imperfect people get to Heaven?” People usually respond, “Do you have a solution?”
3) Say “The solution is a person. The Bible explains that Jesus Christ, being God, innocent and perfect, switched places with us on the cross. He died a horrible death by torture to take our sin, guilt and shame, our imperfection. He then rose from the dead, and as the Bible says, “God loved the world in this way--He gave His Son [I hold one hand up], so whoever trusts Him [I raise my other hand] shall not perish but has eternal life [I fold the fingers of my hands together].” (Trust is clearer than “believe” for John 3:16.) Put another way, “God made Jesus, who was perfect, to be imperfect [I cross my arms over each other] for us, that we who are imperfect might become as perfect as God.”” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
1) I could be a Christian 1,000 years but disobey my conscience. Jesus died and rose to forgive us, but if I go to Heaven today, I’ll destroy the place! I need not just forgiveness but transformation.
2) When I hear a voice in Heaven say, “Don’t do that,” I’ll respond, “Yes, Lord.” Eternal life is just that—time with God, time with friends, sitting outside on a beautiful day, etc. without ever hurting others. But is eternal life a free gift or something you work toward?
3) “If I was starving and you gave me food, you’d say it was a free gift. But it isn’t free, you paid for the food. Jesus paid a horrible price, death by torture, for us to have a free gift, eternal life.”
4) “On a scale of 0 to 100%, how sure are you of Heaven? I can read your mind, less than 100% is because you’re imperfect. My number is 100%. Once I stopped trusting me, and I started trusting Jesus, that was salvation.
· Do you fear sharing? I DO. So allow a smaller fear to ask, “Can I ask you a question?” After that ice is broken, the fear disappears and it’s easy to ask, “Are you, like me, morally imperfect . . . ?”
· Another question is, “What do you think happens after you die?” People always return with, “What do you think happens?” At the office, Human Resources cannot condemn you for pressure evangelism since you’ve answered a coworker’s question for invited evangelism.
Christians confuse everyone with Christian jargon. I never use jargon when sharing, including “faith”, belief, repentance, baptism, give Jesus your life, put Jesus in your heart, confess your sins, get right with God, make Jesus Lord, make Jesus Savior, etc. Instead, I only use clear terms:
· Imperfection versus perfection
· Trust yourself versus trust Jesus
· Do religious things versus take a free gift
· Jesus’s death by torture and resurrection took our sin, guilt, shame and punishment
1) The power of this method is the Cross, death and resurrection of Jesus
2) The power of this method is questions to gain agreement and control the agenda
3) I spend very little time anymore on “But I’m a good person!” or “But I don’t believe in sin!”
4) You will see many saved and assured using this simple method—MANY!