Four Principles: When you share the gospel with someone it's helpful to have a clear understanding of where the person is in relation to the gospel and how much further he/she needs to go. These 4 principles represent steps along the way to salvation:
- God Exists (Gen 1:1; Heb 11:6)
- God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you! (Acts 17:24-27)
- A relationship with God must be on his terms! (Rom 9 – 11)
- Gods terms are: Follow Jesus! (Mat 17:1-5; John 6:25-29; Heb 1:1-3)
Three Questions: In addition to these principles/steps, there are 3 basic questions that you can pursue with unbelievers as a way of clarifying where they are in the thinking about spiritual things. I came across these on the internet and they are intended as a way of responding when someone confronts you with a belief that is opposed to the gospel.
- What do you mean by that?
- How did you come to believe that?
- Have you ever considered . . . ?
Finally, it is important to take to heart this key scripture: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” – John 13:34-35 (New International Version). In this verse Jesus emphasizes the importance of the example that is set when unbelievers can see believers loving and serving one another. This means much more that simply allowing believers to see us as individuals treating them in a loving way. It means giving unbelievers access to us in our small gatherings where they can see first hand how we deal with one another.