Receiving Jesus and His love and salvation is a simple, straightforward process. A lot of people have the idea that it’s a lot more complicated than it really is, and sadly, a lot of well-meaning witnesses perpetuate that wrong idea by bringing a lot of points into their witness that aren’t really necessary or helpful. Sadder yet, a lot of people fail to receive Jesus because they are scared away by unwise witnesses who either are too forceful in their presentation, or who try to convince them of things that weren’t necessary for salvation.
Jesus simply went about everywhere doing good, showing love and calling, “Come to Me.”1 Point people to Jesus. Talk about His love. Talk about His acceptance and forgiveness. Talk about His power to change, to heal, to comfort, to mend broken hearts and lives. Once people have accepted Jesus, He can lead them along step by step. The Holy Spirit and His Word will reveal the difference between true and false doctrine and answer their questions over time.2
Your primary job as a witness is not to teach details of theology, Bible history, or deep spiritual mysteries. In fact, you don’t really need to know much about any of those things to be a good witness. You just need to know Jesus and what He has done in your life, and believe that He wants to do the same for others. Stick to the simple love of Jesus and how much He cares for them and wants to help them.
The gospel in twenty-five words
All you need in order to share God’s love with others is a simple faith in a simple salvation and a simple gospel for people to simply believe and receive and be saved—the good news summed up so simply in one beautiful verse: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”3
That’s the best single verse in the Bible to explain the concept of salvation to people from almost any background. If you can help them to understand each part of that verse, that’s all you really need. “For God so loved the world.”—Who is God?—He’s the Spirit of love! Are they part of the world? “For God so loved you”—put their name in there—”that He gave His only begotten Son.”—Who’s that?—Jesus! “That whoever believes in Him”—do they believe in Jesus? Then they “will not perish”—won’t go to hell—”but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 is all the education you need to go and win the lost. That’s all the preparation you need to be a missionary. Simply go out where the lost are to be found and give them His love and His good news of salvation in Jesus!—D.B.B.