The Bible is a big complicated, book. I’ve never met anyone who claimed to have it all figured out, and if I did I wouldn’t trust them. We should acknowledge the difficulties that crop up when we try to apply this big, complicated book to our lives and we shouldn’t be ashamed to admit that there are parts of it that just don’t make a whole lot of sense to us. But we shouldn’t let that become an excuse for not talking to people about what the Bible says.
If you are afraid to talk to people about the gospel because you don’t know what to say, you’re over-complicating things. Yes, Christianity is pretty complex. But at its very heart is a simple message that anyone who knows Jesus should be able to relate to others.
When you present the gospel to someone, Keep It Simple Sweetie (I don’t usually call people sweetie, but I won’t call you stupid.) You don’t need to know the major themes of every one of Paul’s letters or the original Greek word for gospel (it’s evangelion, if you really want to know), or how the timeline of the Old Testament fits together. This is all good stuff to know, but if you don’t know it yet, that’s okay. You know enough to start witnessing right now.
Don’t believe me? Okay, here’s a little pop quiz. Hover over the questions to see the answer. (No cheating!)
- Who created man?
- What separates man from God?
- Who came to Earth to remove that separation?
- How did Jesus open the way to Heaven for us?
- How do we get into Heaven?
How’d you do? You nailed it right? In fact, it was easy, wasn’t it? And okay, maybe it was a really simplified version of the gospel, but remember, we’re being simple here. Once someone accepts Christ there’s plenty of stuff they need to know (more on that next week) but you don’t want to overwhelm them with too much information all at once. All they need to know to start is that they need God’s forgiveness, and they can get it by acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He died for us and rose from the grave.
If you know that, you know enough to start introducing others to Jesus. Just remember, Keep It Simple, Sweetie.