Many of you have been a Christian for a long time. You know that you should share this thing called the Gospel, but have you ever been taught how to teach others about your faith? How are you even supposed to do this even if you have the desire? We’ll dive deeper into God’s vision for us as believers as well as a practical way of carrying out this difficult, yet rewarding task.
“For the earth with be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord.”
God’s vision was the same at the creation as it was when He stated his intentions for the world in Habakkuk 2:14. God said after He created man to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” This was His original intentions for humans. Unfortunately, we are sinners and ruined this plan. The good news is that in heaven we will be surrounded in all of the fullness of God’s glory. For us right now, this means our job is to share the Gospel as much as we can. Well, what does this have to do with anything, especially these verses?
Although we are tiny humans who do not know much at all, we should make it our aim every day to try to understand more of God’s glory. The more we grow in his word and in a relationship with Him, the more we grow in this “knowledge of the glory of the Lord.” This means that we have been given the task to share this glory (the Gospel) with others.
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This isn’t me telling you this. It’s God. It’s crazy to think that the God of the universe gives us this kind of authority. Are you willing to submit to His authority to share the Gospel? The biggest part of this passage is that Jesus is telling us to “go”. Are you willing to share the Gospel with others? Within this, we are supposed to make disciples. We, as believers, have the ability to teach others how to be more like Jesus as we walk alongside this in doing that as well. Believers also have the ability to baptize people, not just pastors. This is exciting to think that if you were to lead someone to Jesus YOU could baptize them!
The best part of this passage and most comforting is that He is with us. We have been given the Holy Spirit to guide us through these tough moments. Sharing the Gospel is certainly not an easy task, but the One who has been given all the glory is willing to walk every step of the way with us.
This is a guide on how to get started that will hopefully make this less scary.
The easiest way to describe this illustration is using the Romans Road.
- Romans 3:23-“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
- Romans 6:23-“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Romans 5:8-“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- Romans 10:9-“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him form the dead, you will be saved.”
This does not have to be memorized exactly if that seems like too much, although it would be helpful. As long as you can remember the four parts in your mind by following the picture, the Gospel will be spoken! Practice saying these four parts out loud to someone else. Practice saying this in the shower so you don’t forget it. Practice this by asking someone in a coffee shop to listen to you.
Now you know how to share the Gospel. This is exciting. You may have been a Christian for 20 years and always wanted to get around to sharing the Gospel, you just were too scared to do it. Now you have no excuse, because you have the tools you need to share this with others. Like I said before, always practice the Romans Road. Listening to the Gospel is always great to be reminded of in order to remember His promise and glory. This is not going to be easy, and the first couple conversations are going to be pretty scary. But, the Gospel has set you free, so go share it with others!