THE BASIC MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL
Preaching the Gospel is telling about Jesus. The evangelist’s message is about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
To gain a better understanding of the Gospel message in Scripture, read and carefully study the following Bible passages:
Jesus Christ Prophesied
Psalm 16:10; 22:1-31; 41:9
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6,7; 53:1-12; chapter 61
Jesus Christ’s Coming And Message
Matthew 1:21; 7:13-14; 18:11
Mark 1:15; 10:27,45; 16:16
Luke 2:10,11; 9:56; 19:10; 23:33
John 1:12,13; 3:16; 10:10,28; 14:1-7; 20:31
Acts 2:17-39; 3:19; 4:12
Romans 3:9-26; 5:1-21; 6:17-23; 8:1-11, 15-17
1 Corinthians 15:1-4
2 Corinthians 5:18-21
Galatians 2:16; 3:13,21-26; 4:4-7; 5:16-24
Ephesians 1:1-14; 2:1-18
1 Timothy 2:5,6
1 Peter 1:1-5; 3:18
2 Peter 3:9
1 John 4:9,10
Jesus Christ’s Return
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18
2 Thessalonians 2:1,2
To preach well, the evangelist must tell about Jesus, explain what the Bible says about Him, and then call people to repent and believe in Jesus.
Read Acts Chapter 2. Here Peter preached and 3,000 people believed on Jesus Christ. Peter told the facts about Jesus and explained them to the people. Then Peter told the crowd of listeners what to do now that they knew the truth. He told them to repent and turn to God, to believe on Jesus and follow Him.
PREACH THE FACTS
You, too, can see men and women come to Jesus Christ as you preach the message about Jesus. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: “Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you – unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” It is a simple message: Jesus lived, died on the Cross, was buried, and was raised by the power of God (see Romans 1:4).
EXPLAIN THE FACTS
Explain that Jesus came to restore our relationship with God Who loves us (Rom 5:1; 2Cor 5:18-20; Eph 2:11-18; 1John 4:9,10). Jesus came to forgive our sins (Eph 1:7; Col 1:13,14) and to free us from sin’s bondage (Rom 6:17-23). Jesus Christ came to give us a new and clean life (Eph 1:3,4; 2:10; Titus 2:13,14). He sent His Holy Spirit to give us power to live right and please God (Rom 8:1-11; Gal 5:16-23). Because of Jesus, we can be restored to our true destiny as sons and daughters of the Living God, to be co-heirs with Christ! (John 1:12,13; Rom 8:15-17; Gal 4:4-7). And one day, when our assignment on earth is fulfilled, we will spend eternity in God’s presence, enjoying Him forever (John 17:3; Rev 22:1-5).
ALWAYS ASK FOR A RESPONSE
Jesus asked men and women to respond to Him. After Jesus healed the blind man, Jesus searched for him and asked the man to believe on Him (John 9:35-38). In John Chapter 4, Jesus spent time with the woman at the well and asked her for a response to Himself – as the Son of God.
A good evangelist will ask for a response at every opportunity (unless for a specific reason they do not think that they should at that moment). People need to hear the truth of the Gospel, and then do something about what they hear!
In a city in India, a team went to a jail every week to share the Gospel, but they never gave an opportunity for the men to accept Christ. Later, a visiting evangelist came and spoke about the claims of Christ and told the men it was important to accept Christ. He said, “How many of you will pray with me to receive Jesus Christ as your God and your Lord?” Many of the young men listening responded to receive Jesus.
People should respond when they hear the Good News of what God has done for them in Christ. Tell the people how to respond. They must repent of their sin; they must turn to God and ask Him to forgive them. The must receive Christ’s sacrificial work and accept Him as their Lord and Savior. Asking Christ into their hearts, they should commit to follow Christ as Lord.
A POWERFUL MESSAGE
It is important to believe that God commands, empowers and blesses the preaching of His Word about Jesus (Isa 55:10,11; Rom 10:14-17; 1Thess 2:13; 2Tim 4:1-5). Believe it because Jesus says the seed of the Word will produce a crop, and people will be saved (Mark 4:26-29).
God tells you how powerful the word, or message, about Christ is: “…having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you” (1Pet 1:23-25; see also James 1:18).
The Gospel message is the most powerful news in the world. It can change the heart of a man or woman; it can change a family, a city or a nation. As you preach and share this powerful message, you can gain a harvest of souls for God.