Church-Wide Reading: Week 2
Chapter 2: The Gospel
If we as Christians make it our goal to turn everyday conversations into gospel conversations, we must be able to clearly articulate the gospel (p.33). First Corinthians 15:1-4 does this in its most basic elements: “Jesus died for our sins, He was buried, and God raised Him from the dead” (p.36). Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, sinners can be made right with God; it is impossible for us to do so on our own.
In this chapter, Scroggins and Wright go into the five main aspects of the gospel:
- Jesus--God’s only Son and fully God and fully man, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin. Jesus is God with us (Immanuel) and emptied himself to become one of us. Col. 1:15-17, Phil 2:6-7
- Jesus Died for Our Sins--God the Father took all our sin, shame, and guilt and put it on Jesus when he died on the cross. Those who repent and believe receive Jesus’ righteousness in exchange (p. 41). 2 Cor. 5:2
- Jesus was Buried--He actually died and gave up his life so that we might live in a relationship with God.
- God raised Jesus from the Dead--This is the proof that Jesus is who he claimed to be and will deliver on his promise of eternal life with him. Many witnessed the risen Jesus and saw him ascend to the right hand of the Father. All other religious figures are dead: Buddha, Muhammad, Prabhupada, and remain dead. Jesus did not stay dead. (1 Cor. 15:5-8, 1 John 5:12)
- Preach the Gospel--As those whom God has saved, we must make sure we are communicating the gospel and not emotionalism and eloquence. The gospel is “God’s power for salvation” (Rom. 1:16).
Chapter 3: Everyday People and Conversations
Many people where we live, work, and play have never heard the good news that Jesus died for their sins, was buried, and God raised him from the dead. As believers, we need to see ourselves as missionaries to them. Missionaries are not limited to people who go to exotic faraway places but everyday people who are trained and equipped to share the good news in everyday conversations.
Believers can think of many fears related to having gospel conversations, but there is simplicity in sharing the gospel (p. 51). When we come across problems, issues, and concerns, we can turn them into gospel opportunities that lead people from death to life. It is our aim to learn to recognize and seize these opportunities! Because we never really know what God is doing in someone’s heart, people who we assume to be far from God might be open and ready for a gospel conversation.
At this point, Scroggins and Wright share their reproducible method for turning everyday conversations to gospel conversations:
everyday conversation (problem, hurt, concern) → transition → gospeling tool → invitation/ response → train new disciple.
In the following chapters, Scroggins and Wright will go through this process with more detail. It will equip us as we seek to engage brokenness with the hope of the gospel.
- In a small group or in your own personal study, share/think through some passages in Scripture that cover the main aspects of the gospel.
- What are some aspects of the gospel that you know very well? What are some aspects that you need to grow in your understanding and ability to communicate?
- What are some fears you have when it comes to having gospel conversations? How can we combat those fears with truth?
- Where do you “live, work, and play” that you can begin praying for opportunities to use the principles found in this book to turn everyday conversations into gospel conversations?
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