Lesson Seven: A Comprehensive Approach to Presenting the Gospel – Phase Two

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Lesson #7:  A Comprehensive Approach to Presenting the Gospel – Phase Two

 

Expectations:

 

  1. Learn how to apply the three crucial issues when presenting the gospel.  
  2. Understand performance, repentance, grace and faith in the salvation experience.
  3. Understand the three types of death.
  • Develop your ability to present the five basic truths of the gospel.

 

Applying the Three Crucial Issues

    

  • Man’s problem: All men are sinners, and sin separates us from God.
    • The gospel is precise, but can easily be perverted and still sound Christian.
      • Men are continually trying to add human effort to the gospel.
      • Men and women cannot lift one finger to save themselves (performance can’t save you).
    • The Holy Spirit convicts people of their sin (bad news). Men are lost, hell-deserving sinners.

 

  • God’s solution: Calvary is God’s only provision for man’s sin.
    • God never intended for people to try to save themselves. Christ has done it all.
    • Grace means that there are no performance conditions to salvation. Romans 3:24-25a.

 

  • Our responsibility: Exercise saving faith. Saving faith is claiming by personal choice and relying exclusively upon Christ’s work on the cross to be sufficient payment for our sin.
    • Repentance is required. Repentance means a change of mind. Luke 15:17 is an example of a person repenting.   

            

Five Basic Truths of the Gospel

“I believe that everything the Bible says about salvation can be crystalized into five great truths. May I tell them to you?”

 

  • God is good, a God of love, who does not want anyone to perish.
    • Support verses: John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9
    • Key concept: The goodness of God. He wants to save everyone.
    • Illustrations:  Woman running from a fortune.
    • Bridge: “Look around you. God doesn’t want anyone to perish, yet there are signs of death everywhere. Men are perishing. Why?”

 

  • The bible teaches that all men are sinners.
    • Support verses: Isaiah 53:6, Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10, Romans 3:23.
    • Key concept: “Me first” impulse that leads to rebellion.
    • Illustrations:  My relative – “I’m not a sinner.”
    • Bridge: “Now the frightening thing is that the Bible teaches us that there is a terrible consequences awaiting those who sin.”

 

  • The penalty for man’s sin is death.
    • Support verses: Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23
    • Key concept: Separation.
    • Illustrations:  Three kinds of death
      • Physical death – this is what happens when a man’s soul and spirit are separated from his body. Hebrew 9:27
      • Spiritual death – this identifies the condition that takes place when a man’s spirit is separated from the Spirit of God. Ephesians 2:1/Isaiah 59:2.
      • Second death – this is mentioned twice in Revelations = when a person who has chosen to live independently from God dies, that separation becomes eternal. The Bible clearly teaches that that individual will be separated forever in hell from the life of God. 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9/Revelation 20:14.  
    • Bridge: “I have just told you about a horrible possibility. It is the most repulsive reality that a human mind can conceive. But I am so thankful that I do not have to stop here. I have told you the bad news, now it is my joy to be able to tell you the good news. That’s what gospel means – good news.”

 

  • Jesus Christ, God’s wonderful son, died on Calvary’s cross to pay the full penalty for man’s sin.
    • Support verses: Romans 5:8, 2 Corinthians 5:21, I Peter 1:18-19, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 3:18.
    • Key concept: Christ became our Substitute.
    • Illustrations:  Criminal court judge who says, “Guilty,” but offers his life in place of the criminal’s.
    • Bridge: “When I was sixteen, I learned the most important fact of my life. I learned that it is not enough to have some facts about Christ and His death swimming around in our minds somewhere. Almost all religious people in America say that they believe in Christ and His death on the cross, but they still don’t have peace with God. Do you know what makes the differences?

 

  • Every person must exercise saving faith. That is, he must claim by personal choice and rely exclusively upon the work of Christ on the cross to be sufficient payment for his sin.
    • Support verses: John 1:12, Romans 3:24-25, Romans 4:20-21, Hebrews 6:18.
    • Key concept: Saving faith is about make a choice and Trust (relying exclusively upon Christ’s work on the cross).
    • Illustrations:  Sitting in a chair.
    • Bridge: “I believe that I can summarize everything I have been saying in three sentences. First, all men are sinners, and sin separates from God. Second, Calvary is God’s only provision for man’s sin. And third, we must each exercise saving faith, which is claimed by personal choice and relying exclusively upon Christ’s work on the cross to be sufficient payment for our sin.”

    

Closing thought:  It is critical that you master the five basic truths of the gospel to be effective in your presentation. This requires you to be prayerful and lead by the Spirit in determining who to witness to when the opportunity presents itself. God can use you to bring others to Christ and give you the joy of being His instrument in saving others. This requires us to be disciplined, prepared, and sensitive to the voice of God. Pray that God will give you insight into the message of the gospel and that you will feel comfortable telling it to others. Get ready to see God move in miraculous ways to brings others into His kingdom as a result of your obedience to him. Glory to God!   

 

Assignment:

1. Memorize the five points of the gospel outline.

2. Tell your evangelism partner the five points and the Scripture verses you have memorized that support each proposition.

3. Develop your own illustrations for each of the five truths or modify the ones in this chapter to fit your ow experiences.

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