One Important Thing
Sometimes it’s the simplest truths that resound the loudest. That’s how I felt when I attended Micca Campbell and Wendy Blight’s breakout session at She Speaks called “Your Most Important Message”.
The truth is this: Being called into a gospel ministry means that you should share the Gospel.
Now I know this may sound like a no-brainer, but how often do we forget? It’s easy to get caught up in sharing our latest and greatest understanding of scripture or life transformation without sharing about the highest calling of all–relationship with Jesus.
Micca and Wendy used pieces of their personal messages to illustrate two powerful ways of weaving in the Gospel message.
Use Scripture: Maybe you haven’t revisited delivering a basic salvation message using scripture in a long time. I watched as Micca effortlessly and comfortably shared a series of memorized scriptures to illustrate how Jesus takes us from our lost and sinful state and brings us into a limitless relationship with Him. It was beautiful, poignant reminder that there is power in God’s Word.
To read Micca’s story of how God’s Word was her rock when she became widowed at 21, read her book An Untroubled Heart.
Use Your Story: I’ve heard it said that sharing our personal salvation story is one of the most powerful ways to share relationship with Jesus, because no one can argue with what you’ve experienced. I listened to Wendy’s story of her youthful salvation and then how she survived a horrific rape only to struggle through to a new understanding of the reality of Jesus. It was real, and it was powerful. (You can read her story in Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner.)
Your story is powerful too even if you’ve told it hundreds of times.
Psalm 116:1314 says, “I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.” I think one of the vows we need to make is to take every opportunity to offer salvation to our audiences. We need to make Jesus the hero of every message and bring weary hearts to Him. It really is our most important message.
i love to read this post, thanks
I forget sometimes that the crux of any message is the Gospel.
Just reading Elyse Fitzpatrick’s book — Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life , I’m learning to preach the Gospel to myself daily – doing, living, serving, growing out from His love – He set the bar in Rom. 8:32 – “He who did not spare His own Son…” Gives perspective – thanks for the reminder.
Couldn’t agree more. His Salvation IS our message!
Jn 7:17-18 [She] who speaks on [her] own does so to gain honor for [her] self. But [she] who works for the honor of the One who sent [her] is a [wo]man of truth and there is nothing false about [her].
Great instructing words of Jesus about His own teaching and speaking!