Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Welcome to today’s Evangelism 201 class. In Evangelism 101 we learned how to share the gospel via tools like “Prepare To Share.” Our lesson today is based off of 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 and Paul’s example of ministry in Thessalonica. We’re going to learn about the appropriate perspective and attitude we should have when sharing the gospel with individuals, groups, and new audiences. Here we go…
- Do not share the gospel in vain (vs. 1). In other words, we must not share the gospel as if we are salesmen or marketers, or with an empty or hollow attitude. Instead, we share the gospel with appropriate character, recognizing that sharing the gospel is about bringing glory to God, not us.
- Share the gospel with boldness amidst opposition (vs. 2). Paul experienced much persecution and opposition when spreading the good news about Christ. One thing that will keep many of us from sharing the gospel is fear amidst opposition. We must have a strong reliance upon God and proclaim the gospel with boldness.
- Share the pure truth of the gospel (vs. 3-4). It’s imperative that we share the truth of the gospel and let it do its work. We need not add to the gospel or attempt to emotionally coerce someone into surrendering to Christ. It’s important that we not deceive people by sharing a gospel that makes Christianity sound like an escape from life’s pain and difficulties. Instead, we’ve been entrusted to share the pure gospel and challenge people to count the cost of surrendering to Jesus. The gospel is not pleasing to all people, so my goal is not to please them, but to simply share the pure truth of the gospel.
- The goal of sharing Christ is not to make our knowledge of Him known, but to make HIM known (vs. 5-6).If we aren’t careful, we will find ourselves using flattering speech and seeking our own glory when sharing the gospel. It can be tempting to try to impress the listener with our knowledge of God and seek their approval rather than simply make HIM known.
- Share the gospel with tenderness (vs. 7-8). Like a nursing mother cares for her children, we must strive to show love, care, and affection for those with whom we share the gospel. Sharing the gospel is sometimes a one-time occurrence, but often the gospel is shared over a period of time and is expressed by our life and love for the people we are reaching. We must present the gospel with grace and tenderness.
- Earn the right to be heard (vs. 9-12). Paul labored with the Thessalonians and proved that his motives were pure. Sometimes we simply must earn the right to be heard. Build relationships with people. Serve them. Care for them. Give them a reason to want to hear the gospel from you.
That concludes our lesson for today. Your homework assignment is to joyfully share the gospel with someone. Posted: Rich Duffield