Have you ever been tongue tied when trying to share the gospel? Have you ever tried to share your faith, get off topic, and end up down some rabbit trail where you are as confused as your listener? Why is it that the very message that we have embraced, the message that has transformed our lives, the message that we would confess is the most important news we have ever heard, is often so difficult to share with someone else?
If you’ve wrestled with these questions, you are not alone. Most Christians, if honest, would probably agree that they should be sharing the gospel more often than they are, and one of the main reasons they don’t share their faith is that they don’t know what to say.
Greg Gilbert, an assistant pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC, has written an excellent little book simply called What is the Gospel? In just over 100 pages, Gilbert offers a clear presentation and explanation of the essential elements of the gospel message. I highly recommend this book!
In the process of answering the question What is the Gospel?, Gilbert also hopes to accomplish a few other things, as he states in his introduction…
First, if you are a Christian, I pray that this little book—and more importantly, the glorious truths it attempts to articulate—will cause your heart to swell with joy and praise toward Jesus Christ for what he has accomplished for you.
Second, I hope that reading this book will give you a deeper confidence as you talk to others about the good news of Jesus.
Third, I pray that you will see the importance of this gospel for the life of the church, and that as a result you will work to make sure that this gospel is preached, sung, prayed, taught, proclaimed, and heard in every aspect of your church’s life.
Fourth, I hope this book will help to shore up the edges of the gospel in your mind and heart.
Finally, if you’re not a Christian, then I pray that by reading this book you will be provoked to think hard about the good news of Jesus Christ.
For the sake of His name,