God created us to be with Him.
Our sins separate us from God.
Sins cannot be removed by good deeds.
Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again.
Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life.
Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever.
A version of this acrostic is in 16 languages on our Life in 6 Words app. If you can swipe and read, you can share the G.O.S.P.E.L. using this amazingly effective and completely free app. I encourage you to download and use it. But whether you do or not, memorize this simple acrostic that clearly lays out the whole story of the Good News of Jesus!
It will give you Gospel fluency, which is necessary for consistently effective evangelism.
4. Bad Theology
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14)
I have a lot of reformed friends. I know a lot of reformed preachers. The vast majority of them believe in and promote the importance of evangelism. But there’s a small percentage of them who vastly undervalue the strategic need for evangelism because, after all, according to this small crew of ultra-Calvinists, the elect will be saved with or without our evangelistic efforts.
But it’s interesting to me that the great apostle Paul, right in the middle of his classic treatise on God’s sovereignty in evangelism (Romans 8-11), takes time to remind his readers that the lost will not hear the Gospel unless someone preaches to them. He asks: “How will they hear without someone preaching to them?” The indication is that they will not.
It’s God’s responsibility to save the lost (Jonah 2:9). It’s our responsibility to share the Gospel (Matthew 28:19). It’s the lost person’s responsibility to believe the Gospel (Romans 1:20). Quit fixating on God’s responsibility in evangelism and take care of yours. Your job and my job is to share the Gospel with our lives and our lips. Don’t worry about God’s responsibility. He will take care of his. You take care of yours.