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Sharing the Gospel: The Basics

A model for sharing truth through john’s gospel

Oct 3, 2023

BSF Staff

From the Editorial Team

The following verses come from our Bible study John’s Gospel:The Truth.

Sharing the gospel can be intimidating. What should we say? How should we say it? 

Throughout Christian history, evangelists have unlocked time-tested techniques for sharing the gospel. Whether you decide to share your personal story, draw a diagram, or read directly from the Bible – remember these three truths. 

The Truth About God 

At the center of every human heart is a longing to be known and accepted. Nothing apart from the truth about God can answer our questions or meet our needs. We are designed and created by God. In His wisdom, mercy, and grace the perfect Creator chose to love imperfect people. We depend on God for all that we have and all that we are. When we ask life’s big questions we arrive at a powerful truth – we discover the truth about God.  

“Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:3-5) 

See also John 3:35-36. 

The Truth About Sin 

The evidence of sin is all around us. Despair, devastation, suffering, and pain are daily reminders that the world is broken. All people have fallen short of living the way God intended us to live. We do wrong things or let good things go undone. Since our sin separates us from God, we need to be reconciled to Him. Even non-Christians will admit that the world is far from perfect – this leads to the clear and compelling truth about sin.  

“The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.” (John 1:9-11) 

See also John 3:19-21. 

The Truth About Jesus Christ  

God created a perfect world, and sin broke God’s creation. We rest our hope in the Creator’s perfect plan to restore what sin destroyed.   

Jesus Christ provides the only way to be reconciled to God. God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to take our punishment for sin and die on the cross. Three days later, Jesus rose again, conquering sin and death. Jesus returned to the Father’s side and continues to rule at His right hand today. Before ascending to His heavenly throne, Jesus promised to come again and restore all of God’s creation.  

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:12-14) 

See also John 11:25; John 14:6. 

The truth about God as Creator leads us to mourn the truth about sin’s destruction. Left alone, we remain eternally hopeless. But the truth about Jesus’s victory over sin and death answer life’s big questions and our deepest longing to be known and loved.   

Not sure how to end your gospel conversation? Consider extending an invitation to learn more about God by joining BSF. To learn more about evangelism, ask your BSF Group Leader about BSF’s annual Sharing the Gospel seminar.

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  1. Love this! What I would love even more is if the BSF Seminars, particularly the Sharing the Gospel Seminar, would be made available to those studying through BSF Online!

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  2. really good reminder on how to use the gospel

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  3. Recently I was asked by a young man to tell him about Christianity. I don’t think I did a very good job. So I looked up the area around where he is attending college to suggest he join BSF. Sadly, there was nothing in his area, which spurs my question, “Why isn’t BSF doing more to reach out to our college age students?” Having an adult preaching at them isn’t what they are looking for. They need to hear the word from their peers. Not trying to shirk my responsibilities to him just praying the right people are put in his path.

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    • Hi Peggi! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment and heart for young people. We so appreciate your feedback and suggestions. Please pray with BSF as we continue to develop new initiatives to reach the next generation. If I could make a couple of suggestions (as someone recently out of college myself!) – BSF does offer Young Adult classes in select areas. If he does not have a YA class near him, BSF Online offers men’s groups that he could join from anywhere! Additionally, the WordGo app offers the BSF content you love, in an app! He can study on his own, one-on-one, or in a group through WordGo. I would personally recommend Get Started I and II courses in the WordGo app as great places to start learning the Bible for the first time. Please let me know if I can help in any other way. We are praying for you especially as you reach out to this student and praying for him to come to know Christ personally as well.

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  4. I so need this right now as a friend is asking how to have a relationship with the Lord and although I’ve been a believer for years this has helped me thank you.

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  5. Thanks for expounding on God’s Word. There’s always a new understanding for me.
    Seems difficult yet it’s simple with Jesus’ guidance.

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  6. Great resource!!!
    Thanks

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  7. This is so simply put. Seems like the Sharing the Gospel seminar in a condensed form. Can’t wait to share it (in some form) with the students. The resources and blogs are so helpful. Thank you!!!

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    • Dear Diana – it is from the Sharing the Gospel seminar! Nothing can replace the interactive and comprehensive training of a BSF seminar, but we hope these condensed materials will be helpful reminders of those timeless truths. We will be sharing more “BSF Basics” through the study year on the blog!

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  8. Thank you. Thank you!!

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