“Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So, you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.” – ACTS 17:22–23, NIV.
Be Relevant To Their Lives
Before I became a Christian, I would never admit it, but I used to pray. Especially when I was in trouble. While I professed to be an atheist, I knew deep down that there was more to this life, and that God was real.
Paul’s address to the people of Athens was deeply wise and intentional. He made sure he knew enough about them to be relevant to their lives. He affirmed the Athenians’ religious ways and used that to introduce them to the only living God. While this seems like a brilliant strategy, I also believe Paul genuinely cared about the people he spoke to.
If we read further in the text, Paul goes on to quote some of the Greek’s own literature: “‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring’” (Acts 17:28). He was quoting the Cretan philosopher, Epimenides, and the Cilician Stoic philosopher, Aratus.
Paul knew how to “die to himself” so that he would not bring his pre-conceived culture, set of values, or methods to the people he preached to, but instead, bring them Christ and Him alone. “… I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Corinthians 9:22).
If we are serious about sharing our faith with others, we must not shrink away from taking the time to know them, affirm them, and speak to them about our wonderful Lord and Savior in ways they can understand. We might be called to witness to people from a culture totally different from ours. Or it may be to members of our own families. Our differences are not an issue, but an opportunity.
Who would you like to share the Gospel with today? How can you learn more about them, and build a loving and affirming relationship with them? What would sharing the Gospel in a way that is relevant to them look like? Pray about it and follow through on the next step you feel God is leading you to take.
3 Simple Steps For Sharing The Gospel
The following steps are commonly referred to as the ABC’s of the Gospel. They’re easy to remember and helpful for sharing with people what it takes to become a born again believer.
- A – ADMIT that you’re a sinner
- Everyone must know they are separate from a Holy God. Understanding our sinful nature is paramount in believing we need a Savior.
- for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God Romans 3:23
- B – BELIEVE that Christ died for your sins
- Everyone must believe that Christ died for his/her sins and took their sin to the cross.
- But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8
- C – CONFESS with your mouth that you want Jesus to live in your life
- Everyone must confess with their mouth that they want Jesus to come into their lives and transform them. This can be audibly or a simple prayer in their head. Whatever the method, they must have a genuine conversation with the Creator and ask him to forgive their sins and come into their life.
- If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. – Romans 10:9
These 3 simple steps teach you how to be saved and how to share with someone else instructions the Bible has laid out for us in how to be saved. This makes it easy to share the gospel with others as we walk them through scripture.
Once we’ve identified with others and connected with them, it’s much easier to ask them about their belief system, what they think it takes to get to Heaven, and then share these truths with them from the Bible.
These simple scriptures are referred to as the Romans Road. They’re all scriptures found in Romans and lay out the plan of salvation for anyone to clearly read and understand. Use them as you share the gospel with others. God’s Word will not return void!
- Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”
- Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in[a] Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”
- Romans 10:9 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
- Romans 10:10 “For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
- Romans 10:13 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
Oh God, you are mighty to save. May you use us to bring others to Christ. May we not get in the way of salvation. Help us die to ourselves and learn to become all things to all people so that they may know you. Help us do so without compromising the hope or the truth that we hold so dear. Give us wisdom, discernment, humility, and love. Amen.