In the Church you often hear the phrase that we are supposed to share the Gospel, but what does that mean. Do we give a copy of the New Testament to people? Are we just supposed to share the life of Jesus? What exactly does sharing the Gospel mean? My name is Brandyn Jaymes. I am a digital storyteller with the goal of sharing the story of God through teaching, conversation, and authenticity. Today we are going to look at sharing the gospel because it may mean more than we are normally taught.
The part that makes this conversation a bit muddled is that we have a part of the Bible called the gospels. These gospels are the story of Jesus’ life. They tell of his birth, his life, and his death. These books are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. They are ancient biographies telling of Jesus. It would be a logical step to assume then that we are to share the story of Jesus. But if we only explain this part of the story we miss out on the full story of God.
The Story of God starts with creation. God created the world and everything in it. He placed humanity in the world to care for it. Humanity sinned by disobeying the one command of God and we call this part the fall. The fall affected all of humanity, even us. The story doesn’t end with our sin. The next part of the story is redemption. The Bible tells of God seeking ways to redeem his people. To restore them into relationship with him. Humanity always failed. They never stayed close to God and each person fell in their own way. It is because of this that Jesus was sent. Jesus was the only acceptable sacrifice to bring us back to God. The last part of the story is called consummation. The restoration made by Jesus will be fully realized with his return and in his kingdom that has no end.
With a story so deep and expansive it is problematic to only focus on just the books called gospels. We must think of the entire story: our parts in that story, Jesus’ part, and the hope that is the end of the story. Jesus’ death is a massive part of the story but without the full story we don’t understand why. Without the rest of the story we miss out on the hope of Jesus kingdom. When share the Gospel is said, it means more than just sharing a book or a few verses. We must share the entirety of the story and think of how we fit into that story.