Any3 Gospel Presentation
An effective gospel presentation today has emerged out of a Southeast Asian Muslim background CPM3 . Any3 means, anyone, anywhere, any time. It is a very simple way to BRIDGE and share the GOSPEL to Muslims. However, with adaptation, the bridge section has been effective with almost anyone (see chapter on bridges to the lost). Any3 has been used as a rapid way to get to the gospel to filter for persons of peace among Muslims in a friendly, non-combative way. It uses a bridge you can adapt for almost any context, then uses a sort of Creation to Christ story built around the idea of sacrifice. If the hearer does not respond immediately, then the witness moves to other sacrifice stories from the Old Testament. Witness Well Any3 Approach Goals: 1) To get people to understand and admit that they are lost. 2) To show the difference between salvation by grace and salvation by works. 3) To filter open people by using the gospel. 4) To either invite the person to receive Christ or to end the initial witnessing conversation with the person on a good note, making follow-up possible. Necessary Tools: Basic understanding of target culture and its religious beliefs. Ability to carry out a conversation in a relaxed and natural way in target language. Understanding of how to present the gospel in a way that it shows the difference between grace and works as a way of salvation. Knowing how to use the sacrifice stories, particularly Adam and Eve, is often very helpful to show why Jesus’ sacrifice for sins is necessary. Application (5 Steps to Witness Well) ——————–BRIDGE——————–
1) Getting Connected (Build Rapport through Small Talk, usually 15 minutes.)
“How are you?” and “Who are you?”
2) Getting to the Point (Transition to Spiritual Matters)
Pray for an open door.
If open door doesn’t immediately happen, say, “Which religion do you follow?” or if you already know, “You follow the _____ religion, right?”
3) Getting Them Lost (Reveal Common Sin Problem and Frustration of Failing in our Religious Duties, by letting them talk about their religious experience.)
“Almost all religions are the same, aren’t they?”
3 Special thanks to my colleague who developed this. For security reasons, I cannot share his name. i.good enough to please God, so that God will receive us. Almost all religions are concerned with doing good things to offset our sins, but we never get our sins paid off. ii. We are all frustrated, aren’t we? We try our best to please God, but fail (sin) continually, leaving us frustrated.
We are all sinners, aren’t we? i. Our sin debt gets larger instead of smaller, doesn’t it?, because we sin every day, don’t we?
What are you doing to get your sins forgiven? (let them talk about it, then ask the following questions) i. Are your sins paid off yet? ii. When will they be paid off? iii. In eternity, will your sins be forgiven? ——————–GOSPEL——————– 4) Getting the Gospel to Them (Brief Presentation of the Gospel to Show How You’re Sure Your Sins Are Forgiven because of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection, usually 5-8 min.)
“What I believe is different from that.” i. My sins are already paid off, and it’s not because of the good things I do. By the way, you’re probably a better person than I am. ii. My sins are paid off because God himself has made a way to forgive sins.
1. Jesus came from Heaven and was born of a virgin.
2. Jesus lived a holy life. a. Jesus never sinned, although tempted. b. Jesus never married, was from the ordinary class rather than from the upper class, and early in his public ministry fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. c. Jesus performed might miracles, including raising people from the dead. d. Jesus began prophesying to his followers that He was going to surrender Himself to evil rulers and would be killed to pay for people’s sins, and would rise again 3 days later.
1. All of our forefathers gave blood sacrifices to have their sins forgiven (Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Moses). a. Adam and Eve b.
1 Sin Brought Severe Punishment from God Although They Had Done Many Good Deeds c. Animal Skins Given By God Showed that a Blood Sacrifice Had Been Offered to Forgive Their Sins.
2. John the Baptist – “Behold the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.”
3. According to the Law, Prophets, Psalms, and the Gospel (NT), “without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness of sins.”
3. Jesus died to pay our sin debt, and then three days later he was raised from the dead, proving that God received Jesus’ sacrifice. The Gospel says that if we believe Jesus paid for our sins with His death, and surrender ourselves to Him as Lord, we will be saved. That’s why I know my sins are forgiven, and it’s not because I’m a better person than you, because I know you’re probably a better person than me.
5) Getting On With It
If not open to the gospel, share the gospel briefly, then change the subject.
If open to the gospel i. Invite them to receive Christ. ii. Briefly tell them the other sacrifice stories. iii. Invite them to invite friends to study the sacrifice stories. **At this point, some people are including Part 7 from C2C (Prodigal Son story) to call people to commitment by asking the same question: “Would you like for Jesus to bring you back to God?” If they do not believe at this point, the following sacrifice stories are shared in succession over several days or weeks:
1. Adam and Eve—supporting verse: (Leviticus 17:11) “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”
2. Cain and Abel—supporting verse: (Hebrews 11:4a) “By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings.”
3. Noah—supporting verses (Genesis 8:20-21a) “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: ‘Never again will I curse the ground because of man…”
4. Abraham—supporting verses (Romans 4:2-3) “If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
5. Moses (Two important points: Passover and the Giving of the Law)—supporting verse (Hebrews 9:22) “In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” 6. Isa al-Masih [Jesus the Messiah] (Show Jesus film or tell the story of the life and sacrifice of Isa al-Masih)—supporting verse (1 Peter 3:18) “For al-Masih died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit…”
“I think God will forgive my sins, because He is merciful.”
Answer: God has said there is only one way He will forgive sins, that is through blood sacrifices.
After sharing one or more of the sacrifice stories and emphasizing the necessity of blood sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins, tell the motorcycle illustration, or one like it: “Suppose a person wants to buy a motorcycle (or a car). He usually makes a payment plan at the bank to pay ______ per month. Let’s say I bought a motorcycle this way, but when it was time to pay the first month’s payment, I didn’t have enough money. So I tried to find a way out on my own. I gathered up five chickens which I was raising to feed my family, and then took the chickens to the bank. Imagine walking into the bank with chickens. People are looking at you like you are weird, and you are embarrassed. Finally, the cashier calls your number, so you approach the counter with your chickens and lay them on the counter. Will he/she receive your chickens as payment for your motorcycle? Of course not, he/she will laugh, right? Why? Because the agreement for payment was money, not chickens. That’s how it is with God. God has made an agreement with mankind that sins can only be paid through the shedding of blood. And Jesus shed His blood as the final and only way for people’s sins to be forgiven.”