Sharing the gospel with friends and strangers can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be. The more we know God’s Word, the more we can confidently share it and stand by what it says. In fact, you can easily share the gospel using five key verses.
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
Before we can understand Jesus’ sacrifice, we have to understand that we are all sinners in need of a Savior. One sin from one person on one day would have been enough for God to send His Son. This is the reason for the gospel: we are all broken. None of us are good enough or can ever do enough good to earn heaven with a holy God. But we never want to stop with this part of the message.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16
God loved us in our sin and sent His Son as a sacrifice. This is the message we want to communicate: God loved. Can you imagine sacrificing the person you love most to save those who may not even like you? That’s the kind of love God showed for you and for those you talk to. Because of this truth and this truth alone, heaven is an option.
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:9-10
Jesus was betrayed, mocked, beaten, and ultimately killed. He could have left us to our mess, but He loved what He created enough to provide a way to spend forever with Him by giving His very life. That kind of love requires a response. While Jesus doesn’t want us to perform for Him, He does want us to commit to follow Him. We make this commitment in two ways, according to what we see in Romans 10:9-10:
- We confess and acknowledge that Jesus is who He says He is—Savior, perfect, Son of God.
- And believe that He did what He said He did—died on the cross for our sins, rose again, and ascended to heaven
We confess. We believe. Then we are saved.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9
Praise God that we are incapable of earning salvation and heaven. Jesus did it all on the cross for us, and that should change the way we live. The only thing necessary from us to receive this gift is to respond according to what we saw in Romans 10:9-10. This is what you should call those friends and strangers to: accepting the gift a loving God paid for on the cross so that they can spend eternity in heaven instead of an eternity separated from Him in torment.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Those who make this commitment are new creatures! You are no longer defined by your past or your sin. You have a new life in Christ. Now our good deeds are a result of obedience and a desire to follow Jesus, and no longer a striving to earn enough good points to attain heaven. Realizing we are made new gives us freedom to follow Jesus without fear of losing heaven or operating in legalism. We have a new way to live—God’s way!
This is good news! And you have been given the privilege to share it. Pray that God would give you the boldness to make the most of every opportunity. Lean in and ask the stranger on the plane or in the store if they have a faith. Remember that you have a gift to offer them, a gift that could change their eternity if they choose to receive it. Pursue the friends and neighbors who don’t know God. Build relationship. Share these verses. And then remember that it is God’s kindness that leads people to repentance. He will convict. Your job is to boldly and lovingly share.