The other day I conducted an experiment with Siri, where I asked her to tell me the gospel. I was curious what her response would be and if someone who was curious about the gospel would get the correct answer from her. Her answer: “I am not permitted to tell you that.” Disappointed, I tried phrasing the question in a variety of ways to see if she would respond differently depending upon how I asked the question. I was still disappointed. The most I could get out of Siri was a reference to the 4 Gospels in a Wikipedia article. My conclusion: Siri won’t tell them about God’s free gift of salvation.
In Romans 10:14, Paul asks a progression of questions: “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” These questions highlight the importance of the messenger passing on the gospel message. Sad to say, many Christians are just hoping that people hear the message of salvation through any means other than the words from their mouths–means like a pastor, a tract, the internet, or a Christian movie. Although there are times when God does use these to bring people to Himself, we cannot bank on them hearing the message from these sources. It may just be that those means may give them the wrong impression of the content of the gospel. I have read articles on Wikipedia, seen Christian movies, read tracts, and heard pastors whose explanation of the gospel (much like Siri’s explanation) left people with the wrong impression. Then what?
The only way that we can know they are really hearing the gospel is by sharing it. A good place to start is right next door. Invite your neighbors over and get to know them, let them get to know you and the event that changed your life. Tell your coworker your story at lunch today. Share your story in the school cafeteria. The only way that we can know that they are really hearing the gospel is by sharing it.
Let’s tell them the gospel.
This week’s post, post #4 in our Vision 2023 series, is written by Zach Kemper. He was born in Zimbabwe and grew up as a missionary kid in the home of Ken and Kathy Kemper. He lived in Tanzania until he was 14 years old, when the Lord called his parents back to the States. He currently serves as the assistant pastor of Valley Bible Church in Stephens City, Virginia, and has a heart for the lost, sharing the gospel, preaching, and touching the lives of people through relationship, and sharing God’s love with them. These things made him the perfect candidate to be asked to write this blog post, and I am thankful that he did. LET’S SHARE THE GOSPEL!
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