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Focus on the Gospel (Follow Up Post)

As a follow up post to my last post on evangelism and The Way of the Master, I wanted to emphasis what we should be preaching in our evangelism and that is the Lord Jesus Christ.  His gospel is what saves sinners (Romans 1:16-17).  None of us believes that evangelism methods save sinners.  The “sinner’s prayer” does not save sinners.  The Ten Commandments does not save sinners.  Using signs to make people mad at you does not save sinners.  Merely preaching to a crowd about sin does not save sinners.  It is the gospel that saves sinners.

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:1-5:

And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

He wrote later in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.

That is the gospel according to Paul the Apostle.  The focus is on the Lord Jesus.  The focus is upon the death, burial, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  The focus of Paul was not on the Law or upon questions nor even upon the utter sinfulness of humanity but upon the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is what saves us.  His gospel is what saves.  His work is what saves.  None of us are saved because of anything or anyone other than the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Peter 3:18).  He alone bore our sins and He alone makes intercession for us before God (Hebrews 7:25; 9:14, 27-28).

I pray that in our evangelism we make much about Jesus.  Don’t make much about the Law or about the sinfulness of the hearers.  Make much about Christ.  Make much about justification through faith (Galatians 2:15-16; 3:1-5).  Make much about how we receive forgiveness of our sins through faith in Christ Jesus alone (Acts 13:38-39).  Focus on the exaltation of the Lord Jesus to the right hand of God the Father.  Focus on how it is through the cross alone that we find forgiveness of our sins and not by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).  Make much about how no church or group can save us but only faith in the Lord Jesus (Titus 3:5-7).  Emphasize that salvation is a work of God (John 1:12-13) and while we are called to repent of our sins (Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38), the Holy Spirit is the One who brings about true conviction and true repentance (John 16:8-11).

My point here: make Jesus Christ your focus in your evangelism and this glorifies God (John 16:12-15).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

03/09/2013 at 10:04 AM

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