Sharing Faith

One of the popular quotes in Christian culture today is, “Preach the Gospel always, and if necessary, use words.”  While not completely wrong [the Gospel needs proclamation through Christ-like actions], in Romans 10:17 the apostle Paul teaches, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”  Unbelievers need to hear the verbal proclamation of the Gospel. Witnessing Gospel-influenced actions certainly aids the presentation of the Gospel, but it is not equivalent to verbally communicating the Gospel.

Read John 4:1-45.

  1. Did Jesus present the Gospel while conversing with the Samaritan women?
  2. How did Jesus proclaim the Gospel?
  3. Contextualizing [in the Christian Context] is proclaiming the Gospel with language, concepts, and metaphors faithful to scripture and understandable to people [Patrick, 2010].
    • What metaphor or image did Jesus use to contextualize the Gospel?
    • How can you contextualize the Gospel with your peers?

Read Exodus 4:12.

  1. Does God equip us for proclaiming the Gospel?
  2. In what ways does God equip us to share the Gospel?

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