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Sharing the Gospel

Sunday Evening, April 16, 2006

I.  Introduction:
 Tonight, we will begin working through the four headings of our presentation of the gospel, namely God and Creation, Man and the Fall, Christ and Redemption, and Response.  Tonight we want to look at God and Creation.  Yet, before we jump into that, I want to begin with some comments about worldviews and their impact on our sharing the gospel.

II.  Competing Worldviews:

A. A brief definition of a worldview could be:  the way a person views, interprets, and understands the world.  It is an attempt to explain reality.  Thus, a worldview needs to be coherent, or it needs to make ‘sense’ of the world.  The Christian worldview can be summarized by what we said of the gospel last week.  Although more is involved in the Christian worldview, in evangelism we are trying to communicate the gospel as our ‘worldview,’ or the lens through which we view all of life.  Thus, as we said last week, we are seeking to defend and present the gospel in evangelism.

B.  Other worldviews (atheism, agnosticism, pluralism, other religions, etc.) seek to deny part and/or all of the gospel.  Their thoughts about the world contradict the basic tenants of the gospel.  They have suppressed the truth about God and seek to live life apart from His reality (see Romans 1:18-25).  We need to recognize this going in to conversations with unbelievers.  It is important for us to recognize the fact that the people we are talking to have a whole different way of viewing the world.

C. One of our tasks in evangelism is to show unbelievers the superiority and truthfulness of the Christian worldview.  We believe that the only true worldview is the Christian worldview.  All others are not true explanations of the universe.  Thus, they all have inconsistencies, incoherence, irrational thought, or something else that makes them inferior to the Christian worldview.  Remember, they have exchanged the truth for a lie.  Thus, part of evangelism is exposing unbelief for what it really is (irrational, inconsistent, suppression of truth).  We do this in a loving manner, but we cannot claim to love people and not tell them the truth.  To allow someone to base their life on a lie is unloving.  So much of what we are going to talk about will lead people to doubting their worldview, or doubting their unbelief.  As we present the Christian worldview with others through speaking the gospel, we pray that they indeed will doubt their unbelief and repent of their sins and believe in Jesus Christ. 

III.  A Brief Summary of God and Creation

 The paragraph that I gave you last week concerning God and Creation is as follows:

In order to understand the gospel, we must begin at the beginning.  The first book of the
Bible, the book of Genesis, teaches us that God is the Creator of all things.  The very first verse in the Bible tells us: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).  He spoke and everything we see and know came into existence.  We, as human beings, were made in God’s image and made to bring Him praise and glory.  God placed Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, in a garden and gave them everything they needed.  He also gave them one command: You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for the day you eat of it you shall surely die (Genesis 2:16-17).  Of course if we just started the story there we might protest and ask: ‘What gives God the right to give them a command?’  Yet, since we know that He created the man and the woman, we know that He has rights over them as their Creator.  So, how will they respond to God’s command?

 With this first point, we are attempting to establish who God is and how he relates to human beings.  We want to be clear on the fact that God is the Creator.  He spoke and everything came into existence.  This is how we as Christians explain the origins of the universe.  We also want to establish that since we are part of the creation, God has rights over us.  He is the one who has given us life and so He has the right to give us commands and tell us what is right and wrong.  In short, we are trying to establish God as our rightful judge and humans as His creatures, created for His glory.  It is important for people to understand this because it sets the stage for the gravity of the next point, which is the fact that we have rebelled against our Creator and Judge.  Again, it is so important that the gospel begins with God and His relation to man.  That is why we begin here. 

IV.  Possible Questions Concerning God and Creation

 A.  The questions of the Atheist.  Many people do not believe that God exists.  In general, they could be called atheists.  Most atheists are some sort of naturalist.  In other words, they believe that the physical universe is all we have.  They deny any form of deity or supernatural power.  Rather, they simply look to the sciences and observation and reason to explain the universe.  Obviously, they will deny the fact that God is the Creator and rightful Judge over all humanity.

 B.  Responses to the Atheist.  The first response, which in some ways could be a response to many of the questions that we will deal with in our study, is to simply ask them if you could tell what you believe about creation and why.  At this point you will want to emphasize your belief in the Word of God as God’s revelation.  You can point out that what the Bible says about reality is true to life (there is a basic problem with humanity, there is a longing for purpose and meaning).  If they allow you to share then you can go ahead and share the gospel with them.  Again, remember what we said last week, we are looking for opportunities to share the gospel.  The second response, which is a more offensive approach, is to ask them to explain the origins of the universe.  If they respond with evolution or something else, then continue to ask them questions about their views, for example: if we came from primordial mush (evolution), then how do you explain morals (right and wrong) and values?  How did the ‘stuff’ get there that we evolved from?  Is there any true meaning in life beyond what we make up?  After asking these questions you can return to the Christian’s explanation of Creation and why it is rational to believe in a Creator.  We must press them on the fact that all events have causes including creation.  Thus, as Christians we believe it is more rational to believe that God is the cause behind creation as revealed in the Bible.

 C.  Responses to unbelief in God being our Judge.  We may never come into contact with an atheist (although I doubt it), but we will probably run into people who believe that God created us but deny that that means anything to us.  In other words, they acknowledge a higher power, or God, but His reality has no real impact on their existence.  For the most part such a response will be answered by our second heading of Man and the Fall.  Yet, let me offer a couple of comments on this response and it’s relation to God and Creation.  First, you want them to see the faultiness of their logic.  If God created us, then He has rights over us.  If God created us, then we owe our entire existence to Him.  You could even use the example of our copyright laws to loosely explain this logic.  Second, if they will listen to the Scriptures you could look at some different passages that highlight God’s authority over man as Judge (see Genesis 2:16-17, 18:25, Psalm 50, 96, Acts 17:22-31, Revelation 20:11-15).  Obviously, our goal is not to be harsh or condemning, but we do want to make it clear that the Bible teaches that a day of judgment is coming and that God has every right to judge us for we are His creatures. 

V.  Conclusion

 Thus, the first major heading in our presentation of the gospel is God and Creation.  It is important that we establish God as our Creator and Judge so that the need for salvation will be apparent after we look at the Fall of man.  Although many people may agree with some idea of God creating the world, we must try to help them see the implications of such a thought and what that means if they are in a state of rebellion against Him.  When we are clear with what the Bible has to say about God and His relation to man, it only serves to highlight the unbelievable grace we have received through Christ our Redeemer (see Romans 8:31-34).  Amen.

~ William Marshall ~

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