Every Monday evening I attend a Bible Study Fellowship class at a church here in Eden Prairie, MN with several hundred other men. It's a very in-depth bible study that the leaders kid we should all be getting college credit for. Every week we have in-depth notes and bible study questions to complete which we then discuss in a small group setting. We also have a lecture on the same material. This year we have been reading and studying the book of Matthew and it has been a very exciting process, one that has really gotten me into God's word in a much deeper way. I would recommend BSF for anyone looking for a serious study of God's word.
This past week I attended a seminar before our regular class about sharing the gospel. The class was meant to be a primer on how to share our faith with others through everyday circumstances and daily conversation. It talked about how we as Christians have a duty to share our faith with others (the great commission), and how we aren't responsible for saving people, only for sharing our faith. God takes care of the “saving” part.
With that said they gave us a quick way to share our faith – 4 Big truths about the gospel of Christ that we can share with others so that they might be saved.
- Truth about God: God created everything, he created us, and as a result we belong to him. He is all powerful and without sin – and he has given us a longing for him, an empty hole that can only be filled by him.
- Truth about Sin: God loves us, and as a result he has given us free will. Because we have that free will we also have a tendency to sin, which separates us from God, who is a just and holy God, and requires justice and judgement. On our own, we have no way to satisfy God's judgement, and cannot be in his presence. Another way is needed.
- Truth about Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is God's son, and he came to earth as one of us to live a holy and perfect life. He would act as our eternal sacrifice to pay for our sins. He suffered and died on that cross so that we might spend an eternity with God. What we could not do on our own, he did for all.
- Truth about Man's Response: It isn't enough that Jesus died for our sins, we have to believe in Jesus and ask him into our hearts. We have to respond to his invitation to eternal life in him, and forgiveness of sins. We must believe in the 4 truths mentioned above, and ask Jesus into our hearts. We must respond, and be born anew
These 4 truths are all that people are required to know and believe in order to be saved in Christ. If they believe these truths, accept Christ's salvation, ask him into their heart and repent of their sins, they will spend an eternity with him. That's pretty awesome!
The seminar was a good one, I just wish I'd taken it years ago. Now I just have to put it into practice and begin sharing my faith with others, which is often easier said than done. I thought – what better place to start than on my blog! If you'd like to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior, just pray the following prayer:
“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.”
If you prayed the prayer and became a Christian today, please let me know at the email address on the top right of the page, and tell a friend! And remember, Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven!
To wrap things up, here's a great video talking about Jesus Sacrifice called “Sunday's Comin”: