• Summary

  • Free Grace content from freegrace.in.
    © 2021 Free Grace International
    Show more Show less
Episodes
  • Repeating Isn't Enough

    Jan 17 2022
    The other day a friend in his mid-sixties asked me to give him some tips on how to use Facebook for his business. I went into teacher mode. I said something like, “You can use targeted audience data for business page ads. In addition they give you analytics that show your market penetration.” I thought he was tracking with me because he was nodding and making noises of understanding. I talked for about two or three minutes feeling like we were really getting somewhere. After I stopped talking he said, “Ok. So you’re saying I can use Facebook on my phone too.” I had thought he was understanding me, but really he was just being polite.   Have you ever been in a situation like this? You’re explaining something. You think you’re saying everything very clearly. When the person responds, it’s obvious that they have not understood at all. If this happens in normal life, it happens when we share the Gospel as well. In situations like this we often say, “That’s not what I said at all.” We then start over and say it again, and again, and again.  Repeating yourself over and over can work, but it has a weakness. Let me show you what I mean.  I shall reiterate this exact same line numerous iterations to expound on a very important point. I shall reiterate this exact same line numerous iterations to expound on a very important point. I shall reiterate this exact same line numerous iterations to expound on a very important point. I shall retaliate this exalt sane lime numinous iterations to expound on a very important point. I shall reiterate this exact same line numerous iterations to expound on a very important point.  Be honest. You didn’t really read all of the lines above did you? If you did, then great. Though, what most people do when they see something repeated is skim or skip. It’s a feature of the brain. The reason we skim or skip is because we assume we know what is being said so we stop paying attention and think about something more interesting. In the paragraph above, you probably thought I wrote the same thing over and over. I didn’t. About half way down I changed the line into something nonsensical. I’m guessing you didn’t even notice. So, you only thought you knew what I was saying. That sense of familiarity made you turn off your brain. My point is that repeating yourself over and over may not be enough. Certainly we need to repeat the Gospel, often, but there’s more to it than that. If they think they’ve heard it before, then they will probably tune you out. Our culture, even our church culture, is confused about what allows a person to receive eternal life, but they don’t want to admit it. It’s embarrassing for us who have attended church for decades to confess that the fundamentals have baffled us for years. On top of this, we’re a polite culture. We don’t like to interrupt. We don’t like to hold up our hands and say, “I don’t get it.” We need to be more like my four year old. She often stops me mid-sentence to tell me that what I’m saying “doesn’t make any sense.”  Let’s say you’re sharing the Gospel with someone. It looks like they are getting it. They nod, and make the appropriate facial responses, but what’s really going on under the lid? As they listen to you, it’s like they are making a boiling brain stew. They’re mixing the ingredients of your words into the pot where they keep all past teaching they’ve ever received. They’re not just hearing you, they’re hearing the echoing words of their preacher of twenty years, and their grandma, and their most recent Netflix episode. So how do we clear the pot, stop the stir, empty the bubbling brain stew? How do we make sure they get it? I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Often, it’s not enough to simply tell a person what they must do to receive eternal life. There is something more you will usually have to do when you share the good news.  If you want to know if someone understands, and believes, there is really only one way to find out: You have to ASK QUESTIONS! You have to make inquiry that uncovers the confusions they don’t even know they have. You have to dig to discover if they get it. Isn’t it amazing that we get so used to preaching that we forget that conversation is a much better way to get through to people? Talk to them like a friend, and remember, friends always ask questions.  My ministry team has developed seven easy follow-up questions that we believe need to be asked whenever someone is learning about God’s grace. We ask these questions after we’ve presented the Gospel. The questions help clarify the most important points.  7 Questions 1. DO YOU KNOW FOR SURE THAT YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN?  If they answer yes, then a great follow up question is, “How do you know?” If they answer no, a great follow up question is, “Would you like to know for sure?” Almost anyone can honestly answer that ...
    Show more Show less
    11 mins
  • Present The Gospel

    Jan 17 2022

    What to emphasize in the verse:

    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

    What to say: 

    God loved the world a lot. That’s a good thing because the world has a big problem. 

    What to emphasize next in the verse:

    ... world ... whoever ... perish ... eternal ... (John 3:16)

    What to say:  

    The world is in a real mess. Notice the words whoever, world, perish and eternal in the verse above. The problem is that whoever lives in the world is going to perish. Perish means that they will die and then stay spiritually dead for an eternity. This is terrible. So, the world has a big problem, but there’s hope. Remember, God loves the world. Maybe He can do something about all of this. 

    What to emphasize next in the verse:

    ... He gave His only begotten Son... (John 3:16)

    What to say: 

    Notice the words, He Gave His only begotten Son in the verse above. God’s plan was to give His Son, Jesus, to the world. It’s Jesus who came to fix our eternal death problem. Jesus came to earth, died on the cross for our sins, and was burried in the ground. You may be thinking, “What good did that do?” Just wait. You’ll see. 

    What to emphasize next in the verse:

    ... He gave His only begotten Son... (John 3:16)

    What to say: 

    God’s Son, Jesus, didn’t stay dead, but was raised back to life on the third day. His death on the cross and His resurrection are two major proofs that He can fix the world’s eternal death problem. While He was on earth He offered the world, including you, a fix for that big problem. The verse above is an example of the offer He made.  

    What to emphasize next in the verse:

    ... whoever believes in Him will not perish ... (John 3:16)

    What to say: 

    Notice what the verse above tells us we must do. We must believe in Him, that’s Jesus. Believing in Jesus means that we are convinced that He will keep us from perishing. Those who believe in Him will not perish, which means that after our bodies die, Jesus will bring us back from the dead. It’s called resurrection. Not only will He bring us back from the dead someday, but He gives us a gift the moment we believe in Him. 

    What to emphasize next in the verse:

    ... but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

    What to say: 

    Notice from the verse about, what you get the very instant you believe in Jesus. You get eternal life. This means that Jesus will not only raise you back from the dead someday, but He will give you eternal life as soon as you believe in Him for it. Eternal life is a gift that you can never lose, no matter what happens in your life. It’s a gift that you will have forever. Notice that you don’t have to do good things to get this gift. All you do is believe in Jesus to give it to you, and you suddenly have it. 

    Believe in Jesus to give you the free gift of eternal life, which you can never lose. As soon as you believe in Him you have it. 

    Show more Show less
    6 mins
  • Share It

    Jan 17 2022

    I love to draw. I grew up doing art. That’s because my dad, even when my brothers and I were young, was a locally known painter. We studied the craft under his tutelage. His paintings and murals can be seen all around our area in banks, restaurants, and hospitals. In this section I hope to use a very simple bit of art to teach you how to share the Gospel with your friends.

    I’m going to teach you to draw a simple diagram that will help you share the Gospel, and help those you’re sharing with understand. Now, I should say that you don’t have to draw a diagram to share the Gospel, but I believe it  can help with clarity. Drawing can help us make it obvious what a person must do. They need it spelled out, or in this case drawn out. 

    I’ve seen Gospel drawings work time and again. In fact, virtually every kid who gets baptized at our church has seen a Gospel presentation that included a drawing. This is not only for kids, though. I lead a pastor’s conference a while back. With fifty pastors and ministers in the room, we began with a drawing based on John 3:16, just to make sure we were all on the same page. They appreciated the clarity, and I was told that some of them started using the drawing in their own ministry.

    You may be wagging your head, saying, “I can’t draw.” Don’t worry. You can do the drawing I’m going to show  you. If you can draw a stick figure and write words, then you can do this drawing. Along with the drawing I will include a basic explanation of some things you might want to say as you present the Gospel. 

    One added benefit of this style of presentation is that you can share it with people who already think they understand the Gospel. Let’s say you want to share the Gospel with someone who’s been in church for decades.  There are plenty of church goers who don’t get it, right? This can be sticky since they will likely be insulted if you imply that they don’t already know the Gospel. Instead of hitting them on the nose with it, you can say something like this: 

    “Hey, I learned an easy and fun way to share the Gospel. Would you like me to teach you, so you can use it when you share the Gospel?” 

    Most people will say yes. This allows them to maintain their dignity, because instead of implying that they need to hear the Gospel, you are showing them a teaching tool that they can use. The beauty of it is, they hear the Gospel clearly presented without being insulted. Often what we do is have the person copy-draw the diagram as well. Having them draw it helps it to sink in. Usually after one drawing, they can duplicate it without help. It’s amazing how well the brain soaks up this kind of visual aid. 

    The Gospel presentation that I’m going to show you is based on John 3:16. That’s it. You don’t have to jump around to a dozen verses. You will be able to simply use that single verse to share God’s grace with anyone. With a pen and a piece of paper you’ll be able to let your listener in on the best news ever. So here we go. 

    Show more Show less
    4 mins

What listeners say about Free Grace International

Average Customer Ratings

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.