In the previous post At the Pub:Part 1 we looked at some temptations that we will face as Christians when we spend time at the pub with our teammates. It was also mentioned that going to the pub opens up fantastic opportunities for telling people the good news about Jesus. Let's explore this a bit more now…
As Christians we have been gifted some amazing news, news that we humans are in trouble. For us to be in a restored relationship with God, God demands us to live a perfect life, a life with no sin, otherwise we are destined to be separated from God forever. This is not good for any of us, for we all know that at many times in our lives we have not lived up to this expectation.
But because God loves us so much He sends Jesus, His son who Himself is God. Jesus comes to earth and lives up to that expectation of a sin free life. Then he dies. Of everyone who has ever lived Jesus is the only one who does not deserve to die. But He does. He is crucified on a Roman cross. And in doing so takes our punishment of hell (separation from, and rejection by God), that we rightly deserve for our sin, away from us.
Now because Jesus has taken our sin away, God sees us as perfect. All we do is accept Jesus’ free gift of taking our punishment for our sins and thus enabling us to be with God.
The great thing is that after Jesus died, He rose again and is still alive today. He shows us in the bible how someone who has accepted Him should live. As Christians we will still sin, but our punishment for that sin has been paid so we can remain in a relationship with God.
The creator of the universe loves us so much that He made a way to save us. This is the gospel. This is the news that everyone needs to know.
At the pub we want to be mindful of this and looking for opportunities to tell people about it.
From here we need to keep in mind three points while at the pub:
1. Know the gospel
As Christians we subconsciously know the gospel. Often the hard thing is knowing how to explain it to someone who hasn't been to church before. Think about the words you would use. Start with humans having a problem of sin. Be ready with an explanation. Practice explaining the gospel in a way that your teammates will understand and relate too.
2. Get past the surface talk
At pubs the talk is often very superficial and shallow. The gospel is a deep, personal, and very important topic. Superficial small talk is important to have but it's not until a conversation deepens can the gospel be explained in all its excellence.
3. Be loving
Some people will not want to hear the gospel. From there you can go one of two ways: push them to hear or leave it. When making that choice, be mindful to love them. Yes, it is loving for them to hear the gospel, but sometimes when pushed it can have a negative effect. Judge the situation. It's not always about you just saying the words; it's about connecting with people so that they understand the gospel. Sometimes they are just not ready to understand.
Going to the pub opens up some great opportunities to spread the gospel. Remember that God is the one that saves people, not your persuasive words. Pray for your teammates that God would soften their hearts and accept the fantastic news about Jesus.