One of the reasons we study the Bible is so that we can share with others what we’ve found there—or more specifically, Who we’ve found there. When we share with others from the Bible, we need to be very careful that we don’t get so caught up in the trees so that we forget the forest. The Bible, ultimately, is about Jesus. In this resource (and as an element in our deeper grasp of how to use the Bible) is a “Bible Study” that introduces Jesus:
The Bible says that God is love. Read 1 John 4:8. But even though God is love, our world is filled with hatred and violence—all sorts of cruelty and suffering. You may have wondered how this can be reconciled with the fact that God is love. God did not want a universe full of robots. He created human beings with the power of choice. We are free to choose His way or other ways. When we selfishly choose our way, instead of His, we are ignoring His wisdom. We are rebelling against God. That rebellion is called sin, and it separates us from God. We can never have any real happiness, hope, or peace of mind until we come to God and end the separation.
Each of us is under the power of death because each of us has sinned. Read Romans 3:23. So we are all doomed to eternal death from which there is no resurrection. But God is love. He doesn’t want us to die. Yet what could He do? Well, He couldn’t set aside His law, because to do so would have meant a universe of chaos. An alternative would have been to provide a substitute—someone to die in our place.
There was only one person in all the universe who could be a substitute for all human beings: Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He came and took our place. Read John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 5:21.
God’s gift solves the problem. We don’t have to face eternal death. Now we have a choice. Read Romans 6:23. We can choose a life that never ends or a death that never ends. But we cannot earn that never-ending life. We are not saved by works. We are saved by grace.
Read Ephesians 2:8, 9. Grace is pardon, forgiveness, and mercy that we don’t deserve, which we cannot earn. It’s a gift. We receive the gift when we accept Jesus Christ by faith as our Savior and Substitute. And so long as He remains the Lord of our lives—as long as we do not turn away from Him—we have eternal life through Him. It is ours.
This is something like a marriage. At a wedding a man and a woman are united in a marriage relationship when they exchange marriage vows. So long as the marriage partner is faithful to his or her spouse, so long as the partners maintain their vows, the marriage continues. But it is possible to end that relationship. Just so is the faith relationship with Christ. So long as we maintain our relationship with Christ, we have eternal life. But that life is in Him. If we leave Him, we no longer have it. Read 1 John 5:11-13.
A faithful relationship with Christ makes it necessary to become detached from the values of this world and attached to the values of His realm. Read Romans 2:4; Corinthians 5:16-21.
Again, this is something like a marriage. Just as a couple are attracted to each other by love, so love attracts us to God. Just as a man or woman gives up any other romantic attachments, so, when we give ourselves to Christ, we cut loose from anything that would hinder our relationship with Him.
As we see Christ’s love for us and feel a responding love in our hearts to Him, we will gladly give up anything that might come between us. His love leads us to be sorry for anything that we have done to wound Him, and to repent—to completely turn away from those sins.
If you ever have the opportunity to share this good news with a nonbeliever, ask: “Is there any reason that you cannot enter into a faith relationship with Christ right now?” If the person indicates an interest, invite them to pray and invite the Christ into their life as Savior and Lord.
If they indicate that they do not know what to say, ask: “Would you rather just repeat some short sentences after me?” Be prepared to provide them with a prayer of reception such as this: “Dear God, I invite you to take control of my life. I want Jesus to come into my heart and mind. I want him to be my Savior and my Lord. Please forgive my sins. And thank You for giving me eternal life in Christ. Help me to follow Him faithfully. Amen.”