learning how to share the Good News

It is easy for me to share my life with other people, but for some reason, when it comes to sharing the Good News about Jesus with others, my brain seems to freeze up and I can’t seem to share freely.  One of the things that I learned at NTBI was how to share these truths with others.  Basically, there are three crucial issues in sharing the Gospel.

First of all, there needs to be an awareness that mankind (as a whole, there is no exception) has a problem.  We are sinful beings who are separated from God.
in that

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Romans 3:23
As it is written, ” None is righteous, no, not one;
no one understands; no one seeks for God.”
 Romans 3:10

Secondly, how wonderful to know that we can share with others God’s solution for our need.  He sent His Son to make payment for our sins.

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us.
 Romans 5:8
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God
is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23
So, what is a person to do in order to accept God’s solution to their problem?  Exercise saving faith.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16
For by grace you have been saved THROUGH FAITH.  And this is not
your own doing; it is the GIFT of God, not a result of works, 
so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9
What exactly is saving faith?  It is claiming (by personal choice) and relying EXCLUSIVELY upon Christ’s work on the cross-His death, His burial and then His resurrection-to be sufficient payment for my sin.  This kind of faith will always produce in me character qualities and actions that reflect our desire to let Him stand in our place before God.
How I desperately want to be the kind of person who will not only live in a way that reflects Jesus, but also someone that has the boldness and words to explain to someone else how to have the same kind of relationship with God?

Scripture memorization

Reading about the importance of memorizing Scripture and actually doing it are two different things.  Here is one of the ways that I have attempted to put this into practice in our home and in my life.

Saturday, June 23, 2001

From childhood, we should be teaching our children the Scriptures which will give them the wisdom that can lead to salvation.  (2 Timothy 3:15)  It is one of my responsibilities as a mother.

“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing from the Word of God.” Romans 10:17

Although I read on a daily basis, I haven’t been memorizing.  I will start putting a memory verse up for our entire family to work on, one verse at a time.  We can work on it at every meal.  (Chris thought it was a good idea.)  Hopefully, as the children get older, we can memorize longer passages together!