Essentials of Discipleship: Seminar 14 - Sharing the Gospel
This past Sunday, the members of our church's evangelism team ("E-Team"), led by Deacon Seah Kah Yin, conducted an engaging session on how to share the Gospel.
The session, conducted as an interactive set of discussions, allowed church members to discuss topics such as why Christians sometimes feel reluctant to share the Gospel, what difficulties are often faced in sharing the Gospel, and what we can do to better equip ourselves to share the Gospel with our friends and loved ones who have yet to come to faith.
We learnt that sharing the Gospel often involves building deep and meaningful personal relationships with people. The lives we lead are often the most powerful means of showing others what a life transformed by the Gospel looks like. On the other hand, the Bible teaches us that God alone works the miracle of salvation. So, while we do our best to share the Gospel, we ultimately have to trust in our sovereign God to save those we share the Gospel with.
To share the Gospel, it is often helpful to use tools such as the New City Catechism that summarizes truths and concepts of the Gospel into 'bite-sized' bits.
For example, question 29 of the New City Catechism asks, "How can we be saved?", the answer to which is:
"Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repent and believe in him."
Similarly, question 24 asks, "Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?", the answer to which is:
"Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and everlasting life."
The simple question-answer format of the New City Catechism makes it particularly useful for addressing queries or doubts that that non-Christians or new believers may have.
The New City Catechism also brings together other resources such as videos, songs and Bible commentaries to explain the truths of the Gospel. This makes it an easy, one-stop location to find different materials to employ in sharing the Gospel. As an example of the rich resources found on the New City Catechism website, the following is a powerful video by Pastor Kevin DeYoung on the question "How can we be saved?":
This coming Sunday, 15 November 2015, at 2:30 pm, the E-Team will be organising a training-cum-prayer session on skills of sharing the Gospel. Also, at 5:00pm, there will be a Discipleships Seminar session on sharing your testimony, taught by Deacon Leow Wen Pin.
Do join us at both these sessions on Sunday.
The Discipleship Seminars Committee