In which I have a shiny new gospel sharin’ system

by Craig on November 10, 2011

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For everything a season…
a time for every purpose…
a time for “off the rack” – a time for custom made…
a time for questions – and a time for answers.

I’ve been exploring sharing the gospel. It began with an encounter at a Best Buy. And I started developing a Gospel “elevator pitch”. Then I was reminded by you guys, not to lose the personal in the method. So I remembered the time I shared the Gospel most effectively and personally and less preachy then ever.

And I’ve got me a system now – a gospel sharin’ system.

There’s a place for the 3 minute “God” elevator pitch.
But an elevator pitch isn’t for when there’s time to do more.
Jesus had an elevator pitch ready for those quick, one time encounters…
like for the rich young ruler who walked away, and for Pontius Pilate.
But he went deeper when he could…
like the woman at the well…
and Nicodemus…
and his brother James.

First – what I won’t do in my new gospel sharin’ system.

No scare tactics…
no, “You’re going to Hell.” stuff.

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It’s important not to downplay the consequences of sin…
but I know it’s been misused. I won’t misuse it.

No hitting someone with a drive-by Bible verse and expecting it to work magic. Like this one:

“…for, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

That’s from Paul’s letter to the Romans…
a tiny part of the most complete gospel presentation in the Bible.
I doubt that Paul ever blurted it out in drive-by fashion.
He was a talker, that guy….
give him an audience…wind him up…let him go…
just don’t let anyone sit on window ledges. (Acts 20:8-12)

…Paul spoke…and he kept on speaking until midnight…and a young man named Eutychus who was sitting on the window sill was sinking into a deep sleep as Paul talked on and on. Once overcome by sleep, he fell down from the third story and when he was picked up, he was dead.

thankfully, a happy, if not long winded ending…

Paul went down, threw himself upon him, and said as he embraced him, “Don’t be alarmed; there is life in him.” Then he returned upstairs, broke the bread, and ate; after a long conversation that lasted until daybreak, he departed. And they took the boy away alive and were immeasurably comforted.

So what will I do in my new system – for when there’s time and relationship?

First:  Love…

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If I don’t have love I’m just a clanging symbol.

Second: question, question, question – and listen, listen, listen. First gather intel – then send in the ninja gospel kitten.

Third: The ninja gospel kitten: a gospel letter specifically written for that person.

More on this new gospel sharin’ thing tomorrow…

I heart my new gospel sharin’ thing…

please come back.

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thefisherlady November 11, 2011 at 1:25 am

First… love
so right on Craig… that is how Jesus always comes to us
happy elevator riding dear friend!

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Craig November 13, 2011 at 9:07 am

Susan, first of all, my apologies for not replying sooner – in the battle between sleep and Craig – sleep is winning. Currently. I think I really heart this new approach – it’ll make sharing so much easier. God bless you Susan!

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Kristin November 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

Yes, Yes, Yes!!! Now tell us where and who you shared this with out there in this big ol’ world :) I love it when people will go and share in love! God always puts someone in our path. I’m learning to “SEE” them and step out of this big comfort zone and even if I flubb up, God takes it and can work with an obedient heart.
I’m hearting your posts! Keep writing and teaching us :)

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Craig November 13, 2011 at 9:11 am

Kristin, first of all I’m really sorry for replying to your comment so late – the body has been rebelling lately – and sometimes when it rebels – the mood goes with it. Anyway – sorry. Now as for examples of where I’ve gone with this approach – this whole thinking of the gospel started with an encounter with a guy at Best Buy – and so I began developing the “elevator pitch” – and then in my comments, I learned that I needed to not forget the personal approach – and that led me to remembering about how I shared with my mom – so there are the two examples – Joe (not his real name) at Best Buy for the one-time encounter – and my mom for the relational kind of sharing. And now that I’m getting this figured out – there will be more. God bless you Kristin!

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Kristin November 11, 2011 at 8:26 am

P.S. The talk last night went really, really well! Thank you for your prayer! :)

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Craig November 13, 2011 at 9:12 am

I’m really glad I got the chance to pray ahead of time for you – thank you for that opportunity! And as I said before you did it – I KNEW you could do it!!!

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Martha Orlando November 11, 2011 at 8:28 am

And, I love this gospel sharin’ thing you’ve got going on here, too! Marvelous! Already looking forward to the next installment.
Blessings!

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Craig November 13, 2011 at 9:14 am

Martha, I pretty much already answered this comment – with my answers to your other comments – and I’ve run really behind on replying to comments – so I’ll just say “ditto” ツ – but I really wanted you to know that I had read this comment too – thank you Martha, as always, and as always, God bless you!

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A. November 11, 2011 at 9:11 am

Craig, loved the ‘no drive by verse-throwin’ thing! So so true! Can’t wait for more, and I am reading backwards here. And a heartful of yes to not using hell to intimidate people into meeting Jesus. That would be like, “If you don’t meet A, and make A your friend, A will throw you into HELLLLLL.’ I wouldn’t want anyone to ‘meet’ me under that pressure.

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