As Christians, we are called to share the Gospel with everyone. We do this because God commands us to do it. And because only God knows who is chosen to be in God’s family and who isn’t. We share the Good News and let the Holy Spirit do the rest. I wrote 3 steps to sharing the Gospel below that will make it super easy for you!
(Read this post, “What is the Gospel: The Bad News and Good News” if you’re unsure of what the Gospel is.)
Acts 3:1-26 clearly illustrates 3 easy steps to sharing the Gospel with others. If you’d like to follow along, run and grab your Bible (this is my favorite one) and read along with me! I prefer to use the ESV version, however, you can use whatever version you like or have on hand. Every Translation is a little different, which I love, because it gives you greater context of what you’re reading.
Step One: Exalt Jesus
What does it mean to exalt Jesus? If you notice in verses 12 and 13, Peter deflects the glory he is receiving from his fellow Israelites. He heals a crippled man who had been in this condition for over 40 years (Acts 4:22). Then, he asks them, “Why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk?” (Acts 3:12). The Israelites were amazed at this miracle he had performed. They had run to Peter and John astounded by what they had done. But instead of taking all the glory, Peter deflects it and points them back to Jesus. This entire passage, Peter is making sure they understand who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for them.
So, Who is Jesus?
Peter establishes 7 distinct names and characteristics of Jesus.
First, He is Jesus:
He starts with pointing out that he healed the man “in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth” (Acts 3:6). In verse 16, he hits on this again saying, “And by his name – by faith in his name – has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.” (Peter is referring to his faith, not the man’s in this verse.) Jesus comes from the root of Joshua which means “Yahweh saves”.
Secondly, He is a Servant:
Jesus came to do the will of His Father, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (v 13). Just as Jesus is a servant, so are we. And as a result, we must praise the Lord in all we do!
Third, He is the Holy and Righteous One:
Jesus was sinless (v 14).
(Cross Reference: Psalm 16:10, John 6:68-69, Luke 4:34)
Fourth, He is the Author of Life:
Jesus destroyed death on the cross by His resurrection. In Him, we have eternal life (v 15).
(Cross Reference: John 5:19-29, Hebrews 12:2)
Fifth, He is Christ:
Christ comes from the greek word “Christos”, which means: “chosen one” or “anointed one”. God chose Jesus to accomplish all of His prophecies (v 18).
Sixth, He was a Prophet:
God sent Jesus as the prophet Moses (and all other prophets) had stated would come (v 22). Peter quotes Deuteronomy 18:15 to prove this point.
And Seventh, He was the Seed of Abraham:
God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:17-18 was fulfilled by Jesus (v 25).
What did Jesus Do?
First, He died on the cross according to God’s plan and what was prophesied in the Old Testament (v 18). Secondly, he was buried and on the third day He rose again from the dead and ascended into Heaven (v 15). Thirdly, he will come again to judge the ones who have rejected Him and to fulfill God’s promises to Israel (v 19-23).
Step Two: Explain the Bad News
I go through this in detail in this blog post, but the short and sweet of it is this: We are all guilty of sin. We are eternally separated from God and are in danger of judgement if we do not repent and believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior (v 13-18).
Step Three: Spread the Good News
Again, read this post for more details, but basically it goes like this: it is by God’s grace, a gift, to us that we are saved by faith in Jesus (Ephesians 2:8). Even the worst of sinners, the murderers of Jesus Christ himself, may be forgiven for their sins if they repent and believe in Him (v 19). The moral of that is this… no matter what you’ve done in the past, I don’t care how bad you may think it is, if you repent, if you believe what Jesus did for you on the cross and His resurrection, you can be saved and reunited with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
That’s some good stuff right there. Take these 3 steps to sharing the Gospel and spread the good news!