By Prayson Daniel
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17 ESV)
The best way to share the Gospel with strangers or your friends is through the Laws and then the Grace. This method is mostly utilized by The Way of the Master as in the youtube clip.
When used with sensitivity, and full of love and concern, this way of evangelizing is the coolest than any I have ever come across with. I have used it many times and all times God was so good. You can use it to Jehovah’s witnesses, Muslims, atheists, highly educated people and layman.
It is easy, systematic and fun to use. I have experiences laughter, tears, and seriousness to which the gospel is told.
Objection #1: It is Too Confronting and Judgemental
A critic uttering this word does not know she/he is confronting and judgmental by simply taking his/her stand to point out his/her claim. More over, when the Law is used, it is inclusive, namely I as an evangelist am under the same Law( to which Christ set me free). Thus when I ask “Have you ever told a lie?” I am the first to admit to be the biggest (Pinocchio) lair.
Objection #2 I prefer living my normal Christian life to attract someone to ask me first …
John Piper answers this in his book Don’t Waste Your Life:
So one crucial meaning of our secular work is that the way we do it will increase or decrease the attractiveness of the Gospel we profess before unbelievers. Of course, the great assumption is that they know we are Christians. The whole point of the text breaks down if there is nothing for our work to “adorn.” Thinking that our work will glorify God when people do not know we are Christians is like admiring an effective ad on TV that never mentions the product. People may be impressed but won’t know what to buy.(Piper p.143)
Is a Christian life not walking as Christ Jesus did? Jesus a normal life means proclaim the Kingdom of God. Quite contrary the other way around is un-normal Christian life.
Thus living a “normal Christian life to attract someone to ask me first…”, is like a good TV commercial without stating what it sells.
Objection #3: I like making friends first, then tell the gospel in time
Some people we meet once and probably never meet them again. Who is going to tell them the good news? The Woman at the well(John 4), and the rich youth man(Matthew 19:13-26), How long did it take for Jesus to go through the Law and the Grace?
Do you already have friends? if yes? Did you share the gospel to them already?
Why is easy to share, our perishing “good news” in Facebook status but not the Ultimate Good News “the Gospel”? We are in world but not of the world. But why then do we act like we are of the world? Have we forgotten that there is a so much more to our life than our perishing treasures of this world and that they are rubbish in comparison to what is in Christ? Wont we be unwise not to sell everything and buy the land to which all the treasures are, which is Christ Jesus? Wont we be unwise not to spread this great news?
I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. (John 17:14 ESV)
If you are passionate about evangelism and want to share the good news, here is your chance 🙂
Get your gears, spread the Gospel:Matt 23:16-20. You do not have to use it exactly. Shape it, make it your way but the Law first is most recommended, and then the Grace.