Monday, September 15, 2008

This week I have the privilege of leading the Bible lesson for the first official night of AWANA club. As I thought about what to do the lesson on, I remembered why we have AWANAs in the first place – To reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him. So the Gospel (or maybe I should say G.O.S.P.E.L.) is precisely what I’m going to teach.

A couple of years ago I attended a “Dare2Share” conference in St. Louis with the youth in our church. The emphasis of the conference was to encourage teens (and adults) to boldly share their faith with the people that are in their lives or those that cross their paths. The keynote speaker gave us a simple way to share your faith with someone using the word “Gospel”-

G – God created us to be with him.
O – Our sins separate us from God.
S – Sins can’t be removed by good deeds.
P – Paying the penalty for sin Jesus died and rose again.
E – Everyone who trusts in him alone will have eternal life.
L – Life that’s eternal means we will be with Jesus forever.

My plan is to go through each letter of the word “Gospel” and explain the message of salvation clearly. My hope is that if there is a kid there that doesn’t know Jesus as their personal savior they might see that they need Christ and make the decision to follow him.

I love to share the gospel with people, especially kids. It is something that used to frighten me, but the more I do it the clearer I become on one fact – Telling people the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ is the reason I am on this planet.

The last instruction that Jesus gave us before he ascended into heaven was to spread the Gospel. If that’s the instruction that he left us with, then we need to be doing our job.

The Gospel really is “Good News” because it gives hope to us sinners that there is a way to be reconciled to God – Jesus. Anybody, regardless of their background, past or current situation can trust in Jesus, be saved and given eternal life.

If you know Jesus I challenge you to share the Gospel whenever you can (if your not sure of a quick easy way, memorize the GOSPEL method).

If you haven’t given your life to Jesus I want you to know that Jesus loves you and he wants to have a relationship with you and give you eternal life. All he asks is that you reach out to him by believing that he can save you from your sins. Jesus is that thing that is missing in your life. Choose Jesus Today.


Blair Bunch said...

I got to pray with a post-op patient today. You'd be so proud!

Aunt Stephanie said...

I love the G.O.S.P.E.L. acronym! That is a wonderful lesson for AWANA kids!

Anonymous said...

Well spoken. As Christians I think we sometimes try to make things so complicated when they really are so simple.