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Not Beyond Reach - Connecting Their Story to the Gospel, Part 1

Living on the Edge / Chip Ingram
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June 18, 2024 6:00 am

Not Beyond Reach - Connecting Their Story to the Gospel, Part 1

Living on the Edge / Chip Ingram

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June 18, 2024 6:00 am

Have you ever had a chance to share Jesus with someone but got too nervous or scared in the moment to do it? In this program, our guest teacher Aaron Pierce assures us that we've all been there. As he continues his series Not Beyond Reach, he’ll teach us some easy steps to boldly talk about Jesus, even with those with whom we disagree.

Main Points

Principles for sharing the Gospel:

  • Rely on the Holy Spirit, not scripts or tracts
  • People need to experience the power and presence of God
  • Introducing people to the person of Jesus
  • No cross, No power

Contextualizing the Gospel for your audience:

  • Contextualization is about communicating in a language they can understand.
  • It’s not about popularity or compromise, it’s about clarity.
  • Avoid using Christian language that is foreign and strange to secular culture.
  • Jesus used words and imagery that was very relevant to the audience He spoke to.

Don’t use the Bible as an argumentative authority:

  • “The Bible says,” is not a compelling or effective approach for post-Christian people.
  • Leverage the truth, that is experientially verifiable, taught in the Bible, not the authority of the Bible itself.

Communicating the Gospel effectively in the context that God has called you to:

  • There is power in your story
  • Take a risk and invite a response. Give people an opportunity to say yes or no to Jesus

Discipleship relationships:

  • Doesn’t start the day someone commits to a local church, but the moment they meet a follower of Christ.
  • It’s about doing life together, not a weekly event.
  • Doesn’t have to happen in a classroom or a church hall, it can happen in the context and environment people come from.
  • It’s intentional: we guide the relationship purposefully to see spiritual growth, making the most of every opportunity.
  • Should lead to multiplication.
Broadcast Resource Additional Resource Mentions
  • Tom Holland - "Domnion"
About Chip Ingram

Chip Ingram’s passion is helping Christians really live like Christians. As a pastor, author, and teacher for more than three decades, Chip has helped believers around the world move from spiritual spectators to healthy, authentic disciples of Jesus by living out God’s truth in their lives and relationships in transformational ways.

About Living on the Edge

Living on the Edge exists to help Christians live like Christians. Established in 1995 as the radio ministry of pastor and author Chip Ingram, God has since grown it into a global discipleship ministry. Living on the Edge provides Biblical teaching and discipleship resources that challenge and equip spiritually hungry Christians all over the world to become mature disciples of Jesus.

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