• JamesCWilliams

    Hello Mildred,

    I have found that in sharing the gospel the most obvious thing to keep in mind is that the gospel is all about what God has done. When I say God I mean, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I think sharing the Gospel with those relationships in mind is key. The Gospel is all about the love of the Father displayed in the giving of His Son to die for the ungodly and sinner. The measure of God’s love is seen in His willingness to give His Son for us while we were yet sinners. (Romans 5:6-8 especially vs. 8. Also Romans 5:10) Think of John 3:16-18, and think clearly about the emphasis falling on that Divine relationship of Father and Son. I would encourage a Gospel outline that is Trinitarian, that reveals God’s saving work accomplished by Himself for the sinner. (Look through Eph. 1:3-14 taking particular notice of the actions attributed to each member of the Godhead) This has proved helpful for me when thinking about sharing the Gospel. I hope it does for you as well.

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  • JamesCWilliams

    @Andy-Hubert I would say one of the clearest places this answer is found is in Romans 9:30-10:4. Chapter 10:3-4 being the real key; “For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.” Here Paul tells us that the Jews (who possessed God’s moral Law) in seeking to use that Law in order to be justified (counted/declared righteous) had instead rejected the true saving Righteousness of God. How can that be? The next verse tells us; because “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes”. The word end here is “telos” which is the idea of goal. Paul tells us that Christ Jesus Himself is the goal of the law. We can’t miss that idea. This verse doesn’t tell us that Christ brought an end to the law as if He abolished the expressed will and chief duty of man toward God and man, but rather Christ fulfilled that express will and chief duty of man for us! In this way Christ is the goal or end of the law.
    Therefore, in answer to your question;

    @Andy-Hubert said in Galatians 4:8-11:

    How is turning to the law, found in the Bible, a returning to slavery and idolatry, as this text seems to clearly indicate?

    By turning away from the true fulfillment of that Law, Jesus Christ, and instead living under its curse, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all tings written in the Book of the Law, and do them” in an attempt to establish your own righteousness, we again become slaves and idolaters, not worshiping the Father for the salvation He has given us in His Son. Praise God for the Gospel!

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  • JamesCWilliams

    I can’t seem to figure out how to add a phrasing/arcing/bracketing diagram that I’ve done to the forum page. For example, if I wanted to comment on a post in the “theological discussion” page with a Phrasing diagram, how do I add that to my comment?

    Thanks

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  • JamesCWilliams

    @Mildred-Codilla

    I think what you have said is a fine way to open up the conversation. I know for me, when I have an earnest desire to share the gospel with friends and co-workers the hardest part of the conversation is the starting sentence. I have often, out of shear necessity, opened conversations by saying, “I need you to know, I love you and if you don’t come to a true love of the truth you will surely spend eternity in hell”. (1 Thess.2:10) Its almost as if I can’t stand the thought of putting off the inevitable point any longer.
    However, this subject of evangelism is very important to me and I want to suggest something. I truly believe that evangelism is a fruit of our love for Jesus Christ. So what that means is that I want to pursue Christ first, and let my evangelism grow out of that pursuit. If I make it my aim to simply evangelize the lost and I forget my Lord’s teaching in John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing." I find that my focus becomes communicating a wrote script of the gospel and not operating out an overflow of Christ’s amazing love and grace towards me. Never underestimate the power of a transformed life! When we as God’s people are overwhelmed by His love for us in Christ, we believe and so we speak! (2 Cor 4:13-15)
    I don’t say any of this to discourage every and all attempts to reach out to our neighbors in love, I simply speak from my own observations of myself and others. May we love Christ, and love our neighbors. May God bless the sharing of the good news of Christs life, death, and resurrection for us, and may we trust that God is pleased to use the foolishness of the word preached to save those who believe!

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