John 3:16 is the best news on planet earth and it must not be kept secret. We are compelled to share this good news. The Bible teaches us that evangelism is…
1. A command for all Christians. (Matthew 28:18-20 and 1 Peter 2:9)
2. Where we testify to what “we’ve seen and heard and know to be true.” (Acts 1:6-8)
3. Simply sharing the “Good News.” (Romans 5:8 and Romans 10:11-17 and Psalm 107:1-2)
4. Simply letting our light shine for the whole world to see. (2 Corinthians 3:13-4:6 and John 8:12 and Ephesians 5:8)
The Roman Road:
It begins with the fact that we have all sinned (Romans 3:23). We have all missed the mark on the standard that God has set for our lives. None of us can say we are sinless.
Secondly, our sin has earned us a wage. Our paycheck for being a sinner is death (Romans 6:23). But thankfully that is not the end of the verse. Because we are also given the free gift of eternal life only through faith in Christ Jesus.
Death is not merely physical death (separation from our bodies) but it is spiritual death (separation from God forever). That is what hell is. But God provided an answer to man’s problem through Jesus.
Romans 5:8 was God’s answer to man’s problem. Even though man was still in sin, God loved us enough to send His Son Jesus to save us at just the right time from sin’s punishment.
The Bible also makes it clear that we are saved when we confess with our mouth (literally “agree with God”) that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead. (Romans 10:9-10)
But there is more to salvation that saying or even believing. We also must be baptized into Christ (Romans 6:4). We spiritually and physically are immersed into Christ’s death and raised up into new life through baptism.
Finally, we must give our whole life over to God as an act of worship for the rest of our days (Romans 12:1-2).
How does one become a Christian?
Our hands are comprised of five fingers and they provide a decent illustration of what is involved in becoming a true follower of Jesus Christ.
1. First we must hear the Good News proclaimed. (Romans 10:17)
2. Secondly we MUST believe what we have heard is true. (Romans 10:9-10)
3. Third, and probably the most difficult step, we must repent of our sins, which means we make a conscious decision to live for Christ and not for self. (Romans 12:1-2)
4. Like Peter, we must confess Christ before men. (Matthew 16:16; Matthew 10:32)
5. Every believer in Jesus must be baptized into Christ. (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4)