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Practical Tools for Disciple-Making: Evangelism (Part 3)

11.12.18 | by Larry Gates

    This issue of Disciple-Maker’s Forum is the third installment of a four-part series introducing basic evangelism tools that can be used to explain the gospel message in an easily understandable manner.  For consideration in this issue is an evangelism plan developed by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association called the Steps to Peace with God.   Millions of people have heard this simply straight forward message of the gospel while attending one of Graham’s evangelistic crusades conducted throughout the global over the past approximate seven decades.   The Steps to Peace with God is an easy to follow pathway in leading another individual into experiencing the grace of God through the saving work of Jesus Christ.


    Steps to Peace with God


    Step 1:   God’s Plan = Peace and Life (Romans 5:1; John 3:16; John 10:0)


    “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).


    “For God sol loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).


    “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).


    Step 2:   Humanity’s Problem = Separation (Roman 3:23; Romans 6:23; Isaiah 59:2)


                      “… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)


    “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).


    “… but, your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (Isaiah 59:2).


    Step 3:   God’s Remedy = The Cross (1 Timothy 2:5; 1 Peter 3:18; Romans 5:80)


    “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).


    “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).


    “… but God shows his love for us in that while were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).


    Step 4:   Human Response = Receive Christ (John 1:12; John 5:24; Romans 10:9)


    “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).


    “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.  He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24).


    “… because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).