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Practical Tools for Disciple-Making: Evangelism (Part 4)

12.10.18 | by Larry Gates

    Practical Tools for Disciple-Making: Evangelism (Part 4)

    This issue of Disciple-Maker’s Forum is the fourth and final installment of helpful tools that can be used to explain the gospel in an understandable manner.  The particular tool discussed in this issue is call “The Bridge to Life” popularized several decades ago by a parachurch organization called The Navigators.  The Navigators is an eighty-five year old ministry focused on helping individuals know Christ deeply and make Him known to the nations.

     As an evangelistic tool “The Bridge to Life” combines a graphic illustration and scripture references to present the gospel message in a clear and visually appealing fashion.  The gospel message is presented in four distinct components or steps:  (1) God’s Purpose; (2) Man’s Problem; (3) God’s Remedy; and (4) Man’s Response.

    Observations and Scriptural Truth:

    God loves us and offers us full, abundant life, and eternal life.  Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” – John 10:10

    For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

    Question:

    Why do you think so many people are not experiencing this kind of life?

    Observations and Scriptural Truth: 

    None of us has met God’s standard of morality.

     For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.Romans 3:23     

    A chasm exists between us and God because of sin. 

      “But your iniquities have separated you from God …” – Isaiah 59:2

    Each of us will die physically and then stand before God as our judge.

        “Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” – Hebrews 9:27

    God will judge us and then reluctantly assign us to the consequence of our sin – eternal death and eternal separation from Him. 

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

     Our tragic dilemma should compel us to repent, which is having “godly sorrow for one’s sin and a resolve to turn from it”.  We must turn from sin toward God. 

    The Lord in not slow in keeping his promises….He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” – 2 Peter 3:9          

    Observations and Spiritual Truth:

    Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, paying the penalty for our sins and bridging the chasm between us and God.

     “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

    For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.” –1 Peter 3:18

    There is nothing we can do to merit eternal life.  It is a free gift that cannot be earned by good works or deeds.

     “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

    Observations and Scriptural Truth:

    Only by appropriating Christ’s death on the cross can a person have the certainty of eternal life.  We must acknowledge to God our sin condition and turn from sin toward God.  We must believe in our heart the truth of what Christ has done for us, and openly receive God’s gift of eternal life.  

    Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” – John 1:12

    That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,  and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”  

    – Romans 10:9-10

     Christ’s resurrection proves His deity and validates His promise that believers’ sins are forgiven.  He lives again – so shall believers.

    I tell you the truth, whoever hears my words and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” – John 5:24