Alan shares how to continue a Gospel-centered conversation with a friend or family member who says, "Enough of that!"
00:02 How do you revisit the Gospel with someone who says, "Enough of that!"
00:10 The answer to this question hinges on what happened during your interaction to
00:14 cause the person to respond to the Gospel in that way. And that's why we at
00:18 Stand to Reason try to focus on helping Christians become better at being a
00:22 certain kind of person. We call that person an ambassador. And the reason we
00:26 call them an ambassador is because the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:20
00:30 that we're all ambassadors for Christ, and we believe, therefore, that you need
00:34 three essential skills to be an effective ambassador: knowledge, wisdom,
00:39 and character. Knowledge is the content of what you say. That is, the substance of
00:45 the Gospel. You have to get the correct facts about what God's message is to those
00:49 who have not accepted His pardon. And this requires simple reading, it requires
00:53 learning, and memorization of the message of reconciliation that comes through
00:57 Jesus. Now, the second skill, wisdom, has to do with how you package the contents of
01:03 the Gospel message. You can't just dump your knowledge on people, you have to
01:07 know how to communicate what you know. And so this skill ensures that the
01:11 Gospel is clearly and persuasively articulated to another person. Now the
01:16 third skill, character, has to do with the manner in which you tell a person the
01:20 Gospel because even if your knowledge and your wisdom is impeccable, but you
01:25 come across like a jerk, it won't matter then because your poor conversational
01:30 character will completely undermine the Gospel message.
01:33 Now, I'm not assuming that you dropped the ball in one of those three skills,
01:36 I'm simply trying to help you evaluate what you might do before you revisit the
01:41 Gospel with someone. So ask yourself this question, "How did I do in those three
01:47 ambassador skills when I share the Gospel?" Now, either you did well, or you
01:51 did not. If you feel you did well, then maybe there's nothing you did to drive
01:56 them away. It could just be that they reject the Gospel itself. After all,
02:00 Scripture describes the Gospel as offensive and a stumbling block, and so
02:05 therefore, pray and wait for another opportunity later. Also, remember that
02:09 it's God's job to convict people of sin and save them, not yours.
02:13 It's your job to be a faithful ambassador, to share the truth in a
02:16 persuasive yet gracious manner, then leave the results up to God. If, however,
02:21 you feel like you dropped the ball in one or more of those three areas, then you
02:26 need to evaluate which ambassador skills you need to improve. And not only will
02:30 that help you when you revisit the Gospel with your friend,
02:32 it will also positively affect every relationship you have.