Welcome to this video series designed to help you learn the “Come Home” gospel presentation taken from Will Metzger’s book Tell the Truth.
Although my goal is to give you enough information to properly understand the presentation I would strongly encourage you to purchase a copy of the book for yourself.
The author is very thorough in the book and really helps the reader understand what the gospel is what is is and what it is not. If I were rating the book it would definitely get 5 stars from me. It’s a book that should be a part of every christian’s library.
Of course you can purchase a copy from Amazon in either print or kindle edition. I have both and because of the charts and diagrams in the book I recommend getting the print edition.
In this first video I’d like to spend a few minutes introducing the subject of biblical evangelism.
As Christians we have the obligation and the responsibility to truthfully, accurately, and effectively communicate the biblical gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Christians have the responsibility to truthfully communicate the gospel. If we are not careful in an effort to minimize the offense of the gospel we may leave out critical pieces of the message.
For instance we may be tempted to leave out God’s wrath towards sin and sinners. Or we may be tempted to do our best to ignore the subject of hell.
I understand why this temptation exists. Who likes to think about hell? But the reality is they are biblical truths and we must tell the whole truth of the gospel.
If we omit the unpleasant truths we would be guilty of presenting an incomplete gospel. A weakened and watered down gospel that does not contain the whole truth.
First of all we have the responsibility to truthfully communicate the gospel.
Second we have the responsibility to accurately communicate the gospel. The gospel is composed of a set of very specific facts. It is our responsibility to get the facts right.
As Will Metzger says in the book “In order communicate the gospel we must know the content of the gospel.
The good news is Scripture clearly presents all of the facts of the gospel. The challenge for us is to take the time and the effort to know those facts.
Finally we have the responsibility to effectively communicate the gospel. How can we do this?
First of all we must continually seek the filling of the Holy Spirit.
Second we must invest significant time and effort in prayer.
When we recognize that apart from abiding in Christ we can do absolutely nothing our understanding of our need to be filled with the Holy Spirit and to pray will become crystal clear.
To effectively communicate the gospel we must be bold. In order to tell it truthfully we must know the gospel accurately. Once we know it we can be effectively communicate the gospel.
Theologian Carl Henry said “A one to one approach initiated by every believer still holds the best promise of evangelizing the earth in our century.”
I know the slogan “Each one reach one” has been overused by how different would our church be, how different would your family be, how different would Berea be if we did just that? What if each one of us would reach one? It would produce significant change in our world.
Will Metzger writes “I am convinced that God purposes our speaking the truth in love as the means of salvation. If all Christians learned these truths, their witness would be more God honoring and their spiritual growth enhanced as they daily re-expereince the gospel of grace.”
Did you notice what he said? “Their witness would be more God honoring and their spiritual growth enhanced”. Learning the gospel, learning to communicate the gospel will help you to grow spiritually! This will be good for you and for others.
As I bring this first video to a close let me leave you with a final though from the book. The author writes “In our world 99.9% of all Christians are not in full time ministry. Unless everyone engages in evangelism, praying, initiating, and fervently speaking the gospel not much will happen.”
Will you take up the challenge? I’m confident you will.