Gospel truths flow with words shared among family—people I break bread with each week. Together we are the body of Christ, a dynamic fellowship of believers, renewing our minds in truth. It is the reason we gather. Without the gospel, none of us would be who we are. The gospel is also a continual truth we live by, spurring each other on towards a life of repentance.
And though my mind is well versed in truth, my intentions are prone to falter. Opportunities present themselves, but I don't always share the gospel.
“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”
1 Peter 3:15, NIV
Lack of preparation can steal my confidence at times. Can you relate? And while the Holy Spirit will equip us, (Hebrews 13:20-21) we also can better prepare by:
Knowing the gospel well.
Writing down a few key verses to share.
Thinking of unique ways to spark gospel-centered conversations.
Even with preparation, a fear of what people might think can become a struggle for me. What about you? But despite awkward silences, misspoken words, or offended people, the gospel must become greater than our fear.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. . .”
Romans 1:16a, NIV
The gospel is the power of God! If we truly believe in it, we will not hold back. Rather, we will boldly share as a servant of Christ—recognizing that proclaiming the gospel is the best way to love a broken world.
Join the 2-week Bible study of gospel-centered Scripture passages. Download the reading guide for your individual time of study by clicking here.
Here's a glimpse of the study taken from Monday's passage:
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.” 2 Timothy 4:2, NIV
How can you be prepared?
What three purposes do we use the Word for?
Why do we need to be patient in preaching the Word?
Why do we need to exercise careful instruction?
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