Three Circles

Three Circles

A presentation of the Gospel…

April 28th, 2019

Yesterday I had the privilege of being introduced to a means of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in such a clear and straightforward means, understandable for anyone from a child to the most senior adult.

We gathered at the church and our guest teachers instructed and trained us in the use of this technique all morning. Then, breaking for lunch we shared a meal. After which, we broke up into teams of two and went out into the community to put what we’d learned to work immediately.

I was a bundle of nerves to be certain as we walked up to the first home, the next, and the one after that. What we were doing was critical to the fulfillment of The Great Commission. This was something Jesus tells us we are to do, so each of us took it seriously, this service we were providing to the Kingdom of the Lord.

Two key points to this are found in this passage in 2nd Corinthians:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!

Everything is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and he has committed the message of reconciliation to us.

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf: “Be reconciled to God.”

He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (CSB)

I’ve off set two key verses in this passage; verse seventeen and twenty. The verses in-between these two are important for context and understanding the purpose of this. The final verse summarizes why we need to be doing this, with the regularity and importance of breathing.

When we surrender our lives to Jesus, yielding complete control to him we become a new creation (v17). Our obligation to that commitment is to obey the commandments of Jesus Christ. Each of us, no one is excluded, we all become ministers of the Gospel to the world.

But as for you, exercise self-control in everything, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

2 Timothy 4:5 (CSB)

Many will desire to avoid this important function of each and every believer in the saving power of Jesus, but we can’t escape this responsibility. It is embedded in the very love that saves us, for Jesus himself told us that if we love him, we will obey his commandments. It was him that told us to ‘go’ and make disciples.

Not to engage in the effort of spreading his Gospel is to act in disobedience to the will of Christ Jesus.

It sounds like strong language, that is because it is. Just as the grace applied to each of us saves us from the condemnation of our sin, the charge to us to convey that grace in love to the world around us, is equally powerful.

In verse twenty of our central passage today, it says clearly, we are to be the ambassadors of Christ, “we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us.

This is inescapable.

We can work up grand principles of theology and insight in the scriptures but there is but one primary decree that dictates our central function while we remain in the flesh; we are to glorify God and his Son by being our Lord’s ambassadors in this world.

There are lots of lesser functions we are to adhere to, but this one is supreme. We are to represent Christ to this world.

Why?

He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (CSB)

It’s through his love he came and sacrificed himself for us, so he might forge the pathway to salvation for all. In doing so he provisions his righteousness to us. We are to impart that same Good News to others. There is no greater servant’s call than to be faithful to the commands of the Messiah. He commanded us to…

Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.

Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)

He’s promised that he will be right there with us to the end. We must be faithful to his command.

The three circles are not the only way to do this. But I will tell you this, the presentation I experienced yesterday is a means to comfortably and clearly outline the Gospel message to those you know, as well as, those you don’t know. It is powerful, simple to present and understand. There could be better means of sewing the seed for the harvest but this one is effective and easy to use, and I would encourage you to seek out training for it.

The entire content can’t be shared here in a short devotional, so contrary to my typical style, I will not go into any detail on sharing the topic of this devotional, “Three Circles”. However, I will give you a resource to delve into the 4-1-1 and the Three Circles. It can be found here at E3 Partners. Bookmark it and check out the resources.

These resources are great, but I highly recommend you sit for the training at your earliest opportunity. Even more important is that you represent Christ Jesus as his ambassador. It is our highest call to service to surrender our will to his and be his messenger. This is but a tool to accomplish that. One I would highly recommend.

In the Grace of Jesus!
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