The Gospel is of utmost importance. It is the news that gives us hope, it is the news that gives us joy, and it is the news that changes us. When we hear it and understand it, it demands a response. We either choose to trust Jesus with our salvation and live for him as our Lord, or we reject him and live life our own way.
As Christians, we have a desire to share the Gospel. Not because we have to but because we think it is the single most important thing for anyone to understand. We want to tell people the Gospel because we want them to be saved as well. We want them to know God.
We know the Gospel. We have heard it a million times in church. But do we know how to make it understandable for people in our sports culture? Do we know how to translate 'churchy' words into words that mean something to people who don't go to church?
Have a look at this video
Try it now with Romans 3:23-24. Imagine you are explaining this to one of your teammates.
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. - Romans 3:23-24
Here a 4 points to help with this:
1. What are some of the words that need translating? (e.g. sinned, justified, grace, redemption).
2. Is there any background knowledge that needs to be mentioned to help it make sense? (e.g. God made this world perfect to begin with).
3. Are there any concepts that need explaining? (e.g. fallen short, came by Jesus Christ).
4. What are some analogies that will help them understand?
On the Sport God's Way home page, there is this link:
It has been designed so people who haven't been to church before can better understand the Gospel. It presents the Gospel in normal words and uses sports analogies, without compromising it’s power and meaning.
We want the Gospel to not only be preached but also understood.
It is crucial that we know how to explain the Gospel in a way that is understandable and yet not compromised.