The Gospel Presentation

Our key thought for this week’s SS lesson is, “In all evangelism and witnessing, it is important that we first present the simple truth of the gospel.”  Is this true in the last days with so many pressing issues confronting the church and world, as Bible prophecies reach their climax? Yes it is!

“More people than we think are longing to find the way to Christ. Those who preach the last message of mercy should bear in mind that Christ is to be exalted as the sinner’s refuge. Some ministers think that it is not necessary to preach repentance and faith; they take it for granted that their hearers are acquainted with the gospel, and that matters of a different nature must be presented in order to hold their attention. But many people are sadly ignorant in regard to the plan of salvation; they need more instruction upon this all-important subject than upon any other.” –Ellen G. White, Evangelism, pp. 185-186

With this in mind, I would like to share with you the same gospel presentation that I have been sharing with people for almost twenty years now.  I encourage you, if you don’t already have a gospel  presentation chain-referenced in your Bible to chain reference this one.

If you choose to chain-reference your Bible, you can write in the back of your Bible somewhere:

“Gospel Presentation   GP 1 John 5:13” We will be using “Gospel Presentation” for the name of the study and “GP” for the abbreviation as we continue chain referencing the study. 1 John 5:13 is our first verse. At each verse just write nearby, “GP,  the key thought or question (can be abbreviated) for each verse, followed by the next verse you will go to.”

Okay let’s go to our first verse now.

Key Question:  “If Jesus were to come today would you be saved?”

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  1 John 5:13

God wants us to know we are saved. He does not want us wondering or hoping, but knowing that we have eternal life. We have done nothing to earn this, but then again, what did the angels do to earn their place in heaven? Nothing! They were just created there. Before and after sin and the cross, life has always been a free gift and always will be.

Key Question: “If you were to stand before God and He asked you why He should allow you into His kingdom what would you say?”

Please assure your Bible student that this is a hypothetical question. God wants you in His kingdom and won’t be saying, “Why should I let you in?” He wants you in!

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.  Ephesians 2:8-9

I like to share that if I was asked that question, I would just point to Jesus and say “Ask Him?” Jesus would then explain that He was treated the way I deserve to be treated so I may be treated the way He deserves to be treated.

“Christ was treated as we deserve, that we might be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His.” Desire of Ages, page 25

Key Thought: “Why do I need grace?”

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

Key Thought: “What are the wages of sin?

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Romans 6:23

I like to share right here that the wages of sin is not eternal torment in hell. John 3:16 says those who believe “shall not perish” instead of “shall not be tormented for all eternity.”

Key Thought: “What is sin.” Important to know since sin causes death.

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.  1 John 3:4

Good news is that it is not a sin to be human or tempted. It is a sin to willfully and knowingly break God’s law. Obviously the law is still in effect. If there were no law I could not break God’s law and sin, and therefore I would not need grace. The fact that I need grace shows there is still a law.

Now if I run a red light just one time I deserve a ticket. Likewise one sin is all it takes for me to deserve death. This leads us to Romans 5:10,19

Key Thought: “How does God deal with the fact that I don’t have a prefect life to offer?”

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.  Romans 5:10

For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.  Romans 5:19

I am not only saved by His death. I am also saved by His life! His life stands in the place of my life. Again, Jesus was treated as we deserve so we can be treated as he deserves.

Key Thought: “Jesus takes our sins and gives us His righteousness.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.  2 Corinthians 5:21

Jesus took the punishment for my sins in which He had no share, so that I may have the reward of His righteousness in which I had no share. Jesus was treated the way I deserve to be treated so I may be treated the way He deserves to be treated.

Key Thought:  “Jesus gives us eternal life and then helps us to hate the sins we now love and to love the good things we now hate.”

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.  1 Peter 2:24

If you are chain referencing your Bible, you will want to write “GP End” by 1 peter 2:24 so that you know this is the last verse and you don’t need to look for a next verse.

You want to ask the person you share this with to accept Jesus as their Savior. God already accepts them, the question is, will they accept God? Ephesians 1:6

Prayer: “Dear Jesus thank you for allowing Yourself to be treated the way I deserve to be treated so I may be treated the way you deserve to be treated. Thank you for dying for my sin so I may have the reward of your righteousness. Thank you for coming into my heart and giving me eternal life, and now please help me to love the good things I once hated and to hate the sins I once loved. In Jesus’ name Amen.”

May I suggest that if you are sharing this in someone’s home that you politely excuse yourself right after the prayer? This way they are left with the study and prayer lingering in their heart and mind instead of small talk after the study.



The Gospel Presentation — 26 Comments

  1. Thats wonderful as I am reading i am also feeling lacking in my heart. I would also suggest to my fellow readers that after using this GP let us come back and report on this net how many lives have accepted JESUS.. Let us be like two men and not the last one of Mathew 25:14 GOD bless us all

  2. Thanks William for sharing the gospel presentation topic. I also lack this one and I will copy and chain my own, but last year I have used other bible study topics for marking and I find it very exciting and interesting. And also I have shared these bible marking topics with our young path finders in one of our local churches in the Solomon Islands. And as a reuslt, 11 young pathfinders made their decision for Christ through water of baptism last November 2011.

    Glory to God.

    Thank you and will always follow you posts.

  3. Praise the Lord, Thank you William for your timely reminder of the Good News of the Gospel. Simple straight-forward truth and the heart of our witness to our loved ones and those with whom the Lord presents to us to share His love.

  4. I will be praying for everyone here as we all share the gospel with our friends and neighbors. If anyone has any questions about making the presentation, just comment back here and with God's help we can help each other and pray together.

    • Hi William, where can I start my presentation to a group of smokers and drinkers?

      Can you help? I have difficulty to continue with the remaining topics.

      • Henry,
        I am not Mr. Earnhardt, but this may be a suggestion, 1st read Lillian's presentation on Doe deer, start from the beginning.
        Here is a story and a little tidbit of advice.
        There was a pastor who was called by one of his parishioners who worked as a nurse in the hospital in Jackson Mississippi several years ago. We have a family where 3 have died in a car accident and two children are in critical care. They were almost home from vacation on the Gulf Coast. They were going on the freeway and another car was going the wrong way, they collided head on at interstate speeds, we need you to be their Chaplin. On the way over he was thinking that maybe if someone driving the right way could have honked or hailed the driver on CB, "YOUR GOING THE WRONG WAY."
        Henry, it is okay to tell people they need to change their lifestyle, even if they already know it. You may be instrumental in getting them to quite smoking, stop drinking, or change to a plant base diet or total vegetarian diet, with starches in as natural form as possible, low on dietary fats out of there natural form, exercise more, get plenty of sunshine, drink plenty of water, fresh air, be temperate, get rest, and trust in God.
        Good day,

        • Thanks William, wonderful words. And thank-you Henry for lending an ear. I will pray for you, you do the same for me. A little out of sequence, that won't hurt.
          Good day

      • Hi Henry,

        I agree with John and Lillian's post on Doe Deer is excellent. In Matthew 5:3 Jesus says, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." The poor in spirit are those who have no pride in themslves and sense their desperate need of a Savior. Not the beautitudes go on from there to perfection of character and a complete conversion, being pure in heart and filled with the righteousness of God that they hunger and thirst for. However, as soon as the sinner senses his need and accepts his Savior the kingdom of heaven is his! God comes into His life, gives Him the kingdom and then continues to work in his life to bring about a complete and perfect conversion. This is the result of a relationship. So, instead of just doing doctrinal studies I will want to do some relational studies as well, helping this person to grow in their relationship with Christ. This is something we as Adventists have lacked in times past. We bring them to a seminar and throw facts at them, telling them "we're right you're wrong! Now join our church so you can be right too." Well I may be exagerating a little here but stay with me here. What we have failed to do in the past is be relational. We have been so focused on being "right" that we have failed to be relational. This is where we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Jesus was always right, but He was also always relational. He didnt rush or pressure people to get baptized this year so He could meet His quota. He took time to have relationships which some never yielded fruit till after He was gone. Denis Sands has some wonderful relational studies for growth groups and small study groups. They are 100% right and 100% relational. Instead of just throwing doctrines at people, lets teach them and show them how to have a realtionship with Jesus. As they come closer to Jesus He will help them hate the bad things they now love and to love the good things they now hate. I hope this helps. If you still have questions please let me know.

        • How true!! Once people think they are right they often close their hearts to learning. Thanks for sharing this and for your study and especially the ending to leave after prayer.

        • Thanks Willy, well said.

          God will continue to bless your ministry as you continue to feed us with more new insights from His word.

          God bless.

  5. I am very excited to see people all over the world sharing the gospel. Lets pray for one another, and if we have any questions we can comment back here, and with God's help, we can help each other.

  6. Its always a blessing to read how this lesson is presented. All our sins are like filthy rags and I pray and thank God for still loving us the way he does. Be blessed all.

  7. I have never evangelized this way, I'm always thinking my way of living is my testimony, but this study has opened my eyes, thank you Lord for the light. I pray that the Holy Spirit guides the remnant church always, THANK YOU.

  8. Hi William,

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I will definitely use it to witness to my friends and family. God bless!!

  9. I have been greatly inspired by this first I was wondering how to present God's word to others..this is the best way for blessed William for sharing this with us.

  10. Thanks so much for sharing these passages. Sometimes we don't know where to start when we have an opportunity to evangelize and witness and this is a perfect presentation for us to share. It is simple truth. My favorite thought mentioned above is, "I am not only saved by His death. I am also saved by His life! His life stands in the place of my life."

  11. I'm rely blessed so much with this lesson and I want to thank a friend of mine for convincing me to log in to this web so I can learn more about God.

  12. The presentation made by Williams early has got me wondering whether I reserve the right to judge myself and condemn myself. I have come to know that it is God's will that I perish whatsoever so in presenting bible truth to others (1 Cor 15:31; Rom 8:36; 2 Cor 4:8-12). I have to let the listener come to realize his need for the Savior and the fact that he'd have to let go of the things that are wrong and embrace the one who truly loves him and that one is none other than Jesus Christ.

  13. Ishmael, it is not God's will for you to perish. "Say unto them, [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?" Ezekiel 33:11

    "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:" Matthew 25:41

    Hell is not prepared for you. It is prepared for the devil and his angels. If you make it to hell you will have put up one good fight because The Father, Son, Holy Ghost and legions of angels are standing in your way. You will have to be able to fight and get past all of them in order to be lost!

    While hell is prepared for the devil and his angels, this is what is prepared for you.

    In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. John 14:2

    • I think we both can agree with Ishmael's second comment which basically affirms what you said in your previous comment that God desires all to be saved.

      As I see it what you are questioning is his first comment which probably could have been worded a bit better. However, in spite of that, I believe what he is saying is the same as what Paul stated several times in different ways that he died daily to self for the sake of the Gospel.

      I view Ishmael's two comments as complimentary that present the two sides of the motif of dying. As Jesus said, "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it" (Mat 16:25 NKJV).


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