Different Ways To Tell Other About Jesus-The Direct Approach
JOHN SHIRK – Some would consider this approach to sharing the Gospel as more confrontational than other means. This might happen in the setting of a debate or a series of meetings conducted by a traveling evangelist.
Some people are gifted to communicate the Gospel this way.
The story is told of how Eddie DeGarmo was used of God to lead Dana Key to faith in Jesus Christ. One Monday morning in school, he grabbed Dana in the hallway and pulled him into a janitor’s closet. It was there that he explained to Dana that his brother had brought him to Christ. Now he wanted to share the good news with Dana. I don’t know if that is a direct approach, a testimonial approach, a friendship evangelism approach, or a combination of the three. But in light of Dana’s recent unanticipated death, that proactive approach was life-changing for Dana Key, as it was also for Eddie DeGarmo. It was out of that experience that two life long friends became brothers in Christ, and eventually became partners in ministry for the Gospel. What a team they were!
One of the most vivid examples in the Bible of a direct approach is when Peter spoke to the crowd on the day of Pentecost. He told them that they had a part in the death of Jesus, and urged them to change their minds about Him. He spoke of Jesus’ death and resurrection. Peter then urged them to repent of their sins and save themselves from this corrupt generation. With many words, he warned and pleaded with them. The Bible says that, “those who accepted his message were baptized and about three thousand were added to their number that day.” God worked through Peter to confront the enemies of Jesus with the Gospel, and moved them to become His friends and followers.
Great concern combined with a sense of urgency sometimes motivates us to take a direct approach to sharing the Gospel.
That’s today’s Mission Statement for representing Jesus in the world today.