We live in a world that seeks to function apart from the Lord. Its attention is centered on man and his desires. The tragedy is that people without Christ are under God’s judgment for all eternity. This includes those who attend church but do not have a personal relationship with the Savior (Matt. 7:21-23).
As Christ’s ambassadors, believers are to be prepared to share the gospel (2 Cor. 5:20). Here are five words to help us remember key points about God’s good news:
Need—Because of sin, everyone starts out separated from the Lord (Rom. 3:10). The need is for someone who can correct this impasse and reconcile us to the Father. It is crucial for people to recognize that something is seriously wrong between them and God—and in fact, that without divine intervention, sin is an insurmountable problem.
Provision—Once the need is recognized, we can talk about God’s provision. He sent His Son Jesus to be our Savior. Only Christ could pay the debt we owe for our sins.
Cost—For man, salvation is a free gift. But it was costly to God, who had to sacrifice His Son upon the cross in our place (Rom. 6:23).
Faith—Trusting in Jesus is the only way to salvation. There are no substitutes (John 14:6).
Assurance—At salvation, the Holy Spirit dwells within us. Through Him, we have the absolute assurance that we are God’s children and will spend eternity with Him.
Regularly take time to speak to others about what matters most. The most important issue in life is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
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