Among the many things that perhaps stop us from sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is that sometimes we just don’t know what to say. Well, thankfully, the book of Acts give us some examples to study and to learn from.
In the book of Acts, Luke recorded three lengthy sermons of Paul. I think the three sermons are three representative sermons of Paul to three different sorts of audiences:
- In Acts 13, Paul preached to the Jews in the Synagogue.
- In Acts 17, which we will look at toward the end of our series, Paul preached to the pagan worshippers in Athens.
- In Acts 20, Paul preached to the Christian leaders at Miletus.
Now let’s look at Acts 13. Paul preached and contextualised the gospel to the people in Antioch in Pisidia. Paul began by affirming the cultural identity of the hearers. He then showed them how Jesus is the fulfilment of their deepest longing as a nation. At the same time, Paul also challenged their aspirations and called them to turn from their old ways and to turn to Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins.
So, if we want to be intentional in our evangelism, we shall also imitate Paul’s strategy. We must know and understand whom we share the gospel with. We must know how Jesus is the answer to their deepest longing. We must challenge their ways. Finally, we must ask them to respond to the Jesus’ invitation. This takes time and effort. But we must labour in our evangelism knowing that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation. Let us speak, and not be silent.