How to Share the Gospel

 

Colossians 4:6
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
 
How to Share the Gospel
Observations: Paul has just asked the church in Colosse to pray that God might open a door for the gospel (v3), that he might proclaim it clearly (v4) and that they too might make the most of every opportunity (v5). He tells them that when speaking with those who don’t belong to the church, their words should be gracious. As people saved by grace we should not only speak of God’s grace but we should do so in a gracious manner. Paul says our conversation should be ‘seasoned with salt.’ Salt was used as both a preservative and a flavour, and in the same way our conversation should have a positive influence in people’s lives. We should seek to preserve their lives i.e. to tell them how to be saved, but we should do so in a way that is flavoursome rather than distasteful. We have Good News to share, not Rotten News. Unlike the NIV which has ‘so that you may know how to answer everyone,’ the Greek has ‘it is necessary to know how to answer everyone.’ Paul wants us as followers of Christ to know how to tell people what they need to know about how to be saved form their sin. Being able to explain our faith, or what we believe about Jesus, isn’t an optional extra for just some people, it’s something that we all need to know.

 
Application: Do you know how to share the Gospel? If someone has questions, do you know the answers? If you are uncertain about how to explain your faith, maybe you need to explore what the Bible says about how you are saved. There are also some great books and courses about sharing your faith i.e. Contagious Christianity. And when you talk to non-Christians do you do so in a way that presents a positive image of Christianity? Are your words ‘full or grace’ and ‘seasoned with salt?’
 
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, there is no more important message for people than the fact that You have provided for their salvation through faith in the death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Lord, You have saved me by Your grace and reconciled my broken relationship with You. Lord, forgive me when I don’t share that Good News with others, so when I do so in a way that doesn’t make it sound like Good News. Lord, grow my understanding of Your love, help me explain it to others in a way that does justice to Your love and grace. In Jesus’ name and for Your glory I pray. Amen

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