Could you answer after 40, 50 or even 60 years what your very first address or phone number was? No doubt. Think about why that is. Well, I guess I’ll just tell you. It was drilled into you by your parents and teachers. For example, I know my kids were taught by a song I made up that they can still sing today.
Goodness, our parents didn't want us getting lost and if we did, they wanted us to be able to tell authorities helping us where our home was.
Now what about the ultimate lost, the risk of lost souls? Why are we not drilling the answer to this question about what the gospel is into every Christian mind and then regularly refreshing that? I will let you answer that.
The scripture for today in verses 3 and 4 very clearly shows us this gospel message that Paul is talking about as he begins. You don't need to memorize these verses in telling someone about the gospel but rather adapt them.
Write some sentences out. Make them concise and natural to you and write them in more than one place in your Bible and review often.
In this way you will be able to readily, confidently and succinctly be able to tell those who ask why and how Christ died for their sins, was buried and resurrected on the third day.
Encourage those who are to proclaim this message from their called roles to never be fearful about concentrating on the message "of Christ and Him crucified".
And as it says in 1 Peter 3:15 in part, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have"
- If you have one, share your personal definition of the gospel
- Read 1 Peter 3:15-22
- Discuss "on which you have taken your stand" from verse 1
- Discuss verse 2
- Discuss how whoever gives this message, the message that saves, is the same
- Happy Easter!