There are a myriad of gospel truths in the Bible. Yet only one gospel truth is presented as the truth that people must believe in order to receive eternal life.
But realistically, if someone knowing absolutely nothing about God, or Jesus, or sin, or eternal life, then what are the chances that someone will believe in Jesus if you tell them “Hey, you can have eternal life if you believe in Jesus for it”?
I would say the chances are close to zero.
This is one reason why there are so many other truths in the gospel. Many of the gospel truths are there, not so that people are required to believe them in order to receive eternal life, but because they help a person get to the point where they do believe in Jesus for eternal life.
I call these the Preparation Truths of the Gospel
7 Gospel Preparation Truths
There are potentially thousands of preparation truths in the gospel, but I have found that seven of these truths tend to be the most effective and necessary in helping a person come to the place where they believe in Jesus for eternal life.
Here are these seven preparation truths:
- There is a God (and He looks like Jesus)
- The Bible is God’s Word (so we can look to it for guidance)
- God Made Humans (so we are responsible to him in some way)
- God requires holiness (this is His standard)
- All have sinned (and fallen short of the standard)
- Sin results in separation from God (we separate from Him; not vice versa)
- Jesus delivered us from sin, death, and separation (due to grace and forgiveness)
IF a person believes all seven of these truths, it is nearly certain that they will also believe in Jesus for eternal life.
Now is it possible to take a person from knowing none of this to believing in Jesus in one 5-minute conversation? I highly doubt it.
This is why evangelism often takes place over the course of months and years, through relationship building and numerous conversations. Often, these seven truths are caught, not taught, as our friends observe us living out these truths in our own lives. And usually, despite how neat and tidy that seven-pointed list is above, the conversations are never that focused or that tidy.
But that’s okay, for that is what relationship-building is all about.
But what about the rest of the gospel?
Once a person believes, this does not mean that the gospel conversations are over. There are still lots of gospel truths left. What are we to do with these? It is this question that we will look at in next week’s post.
For now, what do you think about these seven “Preparation truths”? Are there others you have found helpful when you have conversations about Jesus with other people?
Also, if you want a better explanation of those seven truths, I delve into each one a little more deeply in my course, the Gospel According to Scripture.
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