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“What I’m Offering You Is a Steak!”

The following post was written by my good friend, Alex Philip. Below he gives an encouraging account of a couple of conversations he had this past Friday night. 

On Friday, I joined Paul for an evening of evangelism.  Paul asked if I would take the lead with another brother from Westminster.  I was filled with gladness when this other brother walked into the Tim Hortons: I had taught this young man almost five years ago when he was in grades 10 and 11.  Today, he is deliberately seeking to honour Jesus by declaring his gospel to others.

Thanks be to God, we had a fruitful evening with many meaningful and pleasant conversations.  There are too many to list in a blog post.  Two, though, stick out.  The first was with a couple of young men who were clearly heading out for a night of revelry.  We approached them with outstretched hands.  They refused to reciprocate, insisting instead that we tell them what we were selling…

“We’re not selling anything.  We’re giving something away.”

“And what’s that?”

“The opportunity to know that your sins can be forgiven through Jesus Christ.”

The more vocal of the two laughed jeeringly and heartily, saying, “I knew you were pedalling religion.”  He continued, “Tell you what, we’re on our way to pick up smokes and then we’re heading back to my apartment where we have a couple of girls…”  He proceeded to invite us back to his apartment to join them in their activities.

Realizing that time was short before he and his friend walked away, we declined his invitation saying, “What you’ve offered me is a marshmallow.  What I’m offering you is a steak.” He thought the response was funny and retorted, “Okay, you got me.  I’ll take what you’re giving away.”

We gave him a gospel tract and before leaving, he finally did shake our hands and give us his name. The last thing I saw was him reading the tract as he headed towards the store to pick up his smokes.

Later on that evening, Kathy and I had a long and meaningful conversation with a young girl who was spending the evening sitting on a bench, listening to her iPod. She was attentive and receptive to the gospel to the point that we were able to present the gospel to her twice.  Once from the Bible and the second time from the 2 Ways to Live booklet.  At the end of our conversation, we invited her to place her trust in Jesus Christ.

She expressed a sincere concern for the countless number of people who would never hear what she had just heard.  Gently, we tried to respond biblically to her concern.  We had the opportunity to pray with her on the street corner and she indicated that she would like to come to church.  Please pray that she would come and be converted and then enter into fellowship with Christians.

Nick Speaks of Jesus on the Streets: The Story and the Lesson

Nick is the lead worshipper at GFC Don Mills, but more importantly, he deeply loves Jesus and is committed to following him.  Below he shares a really cool story about his experience of speaking about Jesus when he came out with me two weeks ago.

Friday night

Paul, Ricardo and I went out on Friday night to speak to people about Jesus. As is Paul’s custom, we walked around different bus stops to speak with anyone who was willing. We had a few good conversations but one that stood out to us was with a young man. Let’s call him Tim though that’s not his real name.

We met a man at the bus stop

Paul and I approached Tim (Ricardo stayed behind to pray) and told him what we were all about. We introduced ourselves by name and informed him that we were members at a church in the area and wanted to speak with people about Jesus. Paul began by asking him if he had any religious background. He told us that his mom was a Christian but he characterized her devotion as “moderate”.

Asking questions

Then Paul asked Tim about himself a little bit. “What are you doing?” Paul said. He responded by telling us that he was on his way home from work. Paul continued, “What kind of work do you do?” “Customer service,” Tim responded. At that point I broke my way into the conversation. “Do you get yelled at a lot?” I asked. “Yeah,” Tim laughed. I pushed the conversation a little further, “In this line of work do you see how messed up people can be?”

So began our conversation.

People are messed up

Tim agreed that some people are indeed messed up; but then he said that some people aren’t all that bad. In fact, he said that some people are good. In some ways Tim was right. People are made in the image of God and they do retain some of the good-ness that God created us with; but I told Tim that it’s interesting that you usually never meet anyone who thinks they are bad themselves. It is usually “other people” who are the problem.  He agreed at that point and said, “Yeah, we tend toward an ‘us vs. them’ mentality.” I wanted him to see that “we” are all part of the problem and not just “them,” so I asked him, “Tim if the world was filled with people just like you, do you think that all the world’s problems would disappear?” He said, “Probably not.”

The story of the Bible and its climax

I proceeded to tell Tim the story of the Bible and the climax of that story. It went something like this: Our world has been utterly destroyed by sin and we need a King who can put the world right. God promised that one day he would send his King and this is exactly what we read about in the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Jesus came into the world, in fulfilment of God’s promises, pushing back against sin and all of its effects. That’s why we see him healing diseases, forgiving sins, calming storms, casting out demons and even raising the dead. Jesus eventually died on the cross and rose again so that we ourselves could be forgiven of our sin and included in God’s kingdom. One day Jesus will return and make everything right. The thing about it, though, is if God is going to make the world right and rid the world of sin something has to be done about us. That means either forgiveness or judgement.”

The challenge

Afterwards, Paul challenged Tim. He asked him what he thought about this and if he ever thinks about these things. Tim told us honestly that he has always been indifferent to Jesus. He said that he’s indifferent towards a lot of things.

Our conversation continued for a while (he let three buses go by while we were speaking). He asked some good questions regarding the centrality of God and the importance of the gospel of Luke (We had copies that we were giving out). We let him know that the gospel tells the story of Jesus and is a good place to start but that the entire bible is God’s inspired word. Paul even had the chance to speak with him about Genesis 1-3.

This was an encouraging encounter. Tim was interested, open and honest. I don’t know if I’ll ever see him again but I hope that he bows his knee to King Jesus and is welcomed into the life of the age to come.  Pray for him.

Five lessons learned:

1)      Talking about Jesus brings us joy: As I was speaking to Tim about Jesus I found that I myself was getting excited about Jesus. I began thinking, “Wow! This really is good news!”

2)      Seeing the gospels as the Gospel makes Christianity incredibly relevant to people:  There are many stories in the gospels about all sorts of people from all sorts of different walks of life. In Tony’s case he works in customer service. This is a career where one is continually yelled at and made to feel small. There are plenty of stories in the gospels about people who are “made to feel small” and how Jesus meets those people where they are. Ultimately, we see how Jesus came into the world to bring God’s kingdom and solve the systemic problem of sin that causes all the problems we encounter.

3)      Just be yourself and talk about Jesus: Evangelistic “schemes” can be incredibly helpful at times (I know I’ve benefited from them at times) but it’s important to just be yourself. We are talking to human beings not robots. Talk to people where they are at and then talk about Jesus. You don’t need a PhD in Missions to do that. Although evangelism can be hard work at times it can also be really fun when we are ourselves.

4)      Pray: God is in control and can soften people’s hearts. We need to plead with God that he would do just that and that he would lead us to those whom he wills.

5)      Worship: Evangelism is worship. Whether you experience a Tim or a person who wants nothing to do with you God is glorified when Jesus is proclaimed.

Day 7: Arthur Preaches Christ’s Call, “Come!”

I have been really encouraged by a new friendship that has been forged with a young man named Arthur. He’s been faithfully coming out with me every time I hit the streets. In this post he shares about a great conversation he had last Thursday.

I noticed a young lady enter the bus shelter in front of us. So I went to talk to her. I handed her a tract and said, “there is a million dollar question on the back, and the question is this: will you go to heaven?” She smiled and said, “that’s a good question.” We went on to talk about the importance of speaking about eternal matters.

I asked her, “What would you do if you were to stand before God in order to enter heaven?” In all solemnity she said, “I don’t know.” I began to explain the Gospel to her, telling her that our salvation has already been accomplished for us outside of ourselves even before we were born! Instead of us trying to earn salvation, I told her we must trust in Christ, for he earned our righteousness on our behalf and then was punished for our sins! I explained to her from Scripture how we must put our faith in Christ and that when we do that, God grants us eternal life; old things pass away, all things become new.

I noticed she was wearing a cross and asked her if she had a Christian background. She said she was Greek Orthodox. I said, “I come from an Orthodox background myself. But, instead of trusting in good works we must trust in the Gospel of God’s grace.” We talked about how eternal life is a gift that we receive by faith.

She began to confess that she was going through some difficult things. I remembered how I myself was once burdened and heavy laden and how God had given me rest. Accordingly, I showed her in Scripture that Christ says “Come!” Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt 11:28-29). I told her we can come to Him at any time. She said, “you are right.” I explained that Jesus gives us a rest that is beyond understanding. I asked if I could pray for her and we bowed our heads and prayed.

Eventually I realized she had skipped several buses to stay and talk with me and I thanked her for that and gave her a booklet called Two Ways to Live. I told her how she could get in touch with us and that I looked forward to seeing her one of these Sundays!

Day 3 with Alex: Conversations on the Streets of Don Mills

My good friend Alex is a faithful servant of Christ Jesus. He’s the chaplain at Peoples Christian Academy and this past Saturday he brought out a few of his students for some street evangelism. Below he shares about three  of his conversations from this past Saturday. Check it out!

On Saturday, I joined Paul with three of my students for a couple of hours of evangelism. I was particularly aware of the fact that my students were nervous about what was to happen. I prayed for them that God would use the afternoon to encourage and equip them.  We met to pray and hear the Scriptures from Acts.  We paired up and dispersed.

Conversation 1

Our first conversation was with a woman who had just finished a shift working at one of the retail outfits in the Don Mills plaza.  She spoke broken English – enough for us to ascertain that she had a nominal Catholic upbringing and had emigrated from Iraq.  When we asked her if she understood the person and work of Jesus, she replied that she needed Jesus.  I agreed with her wholeheartedly but pressed her on why she needed Jesus.  She did not reply.  This may have been for any number of reasons. Nevertheless, I briefly shared the gospel message with her and explained that one reason we all need Jesus is to enjoy forgiveness of sins.  We prayed for her and left her with some literature.  Perhaps the Lord brought this woman all the way from Iraq to Canada, to that particular location to point her to His son.

Conversation 2

Our second conversation was with a group of three young men.  When we approached them, they gave us a hearing for only a few seconds.  Two of the men stood up and returned the literature to us immediately, claiming to be Buddhist.  The third lingered and shared that he too was Buddhist.  I pressed him about what he meant by being Buddhist.  For him, it meant going to the temple regularly for mediation.  I asked him why he went to the temple.  He replied, “To find peace.”

I affirmed his desire to find peace.  Certainly that is a worthwhile pursuit.  However, I asked him if he could explain why peace was so elusive.  He said that it was because life was full of distractions.  Again I pressed him and asked him what we we’re being distracted from?  What should our focus, attention and minds be fixed upon?  He didn’t know.  He only knew that he had the experience of being easily distracted and he knew that he wanted to find peace.  I asked him if I might share with him the Bible’s responses to these questions.  He agreed.

I opened to Genesis and showed him how God had created everything in a state of goodness and that originally peace was normative not elusive.  However, because of our first parents’ sin, that peace was disturbed. The peace we should have had with God was disturbed and now, in Adam we are found hiding from God.  The peace we should have had with each other was disturbed and now, in Adam, we are found blaming and accusing one another.  The peace we should have had with the environment was disturbed and now the earth itself is accursed.  The peace we should have experienced in ourselves was disturbed and now, in Adam, we are ashamed and guilty.

After establishing the origin of the elusiveness of peace, I explained to this young man that Jesus Christ came as the second Adam to reverse the curse of the first Adam and to bring peace between us and God, between us and others, between us and creation and to bring peace within our hearts.  But this peace is only available to us in Christ.  We left him with some literature and he was sincere in his response of gratitude.

Conversation 3

Our final and longest conversation was with an older man who claimed to be Jewish in his religious orientation. I asked him if he believed that he was able to keep the law of Moses. I surprised when he said “yes.”  I inquired a little further as to how he could be so confident about this.  He admitted that to some degree, he could be confident that he kept the law of Moses because he reserved for himself the privilege of interpreting the law according to his own perspective and circumstances.  Gently, I suggested to him that he might as well be functioning as his own God.  After explaining what I meant, he surprisingly agreed that indeed he was functioning in the role of his own God.  I pointed out that if that is the case then he was in violation of the first commandment.  Again, I explained what I meant and again I was surprised that he agreed with me.  Gently, I pointed out to him that if he was in violation of the first commandment then he was in violation of all of the law of Moses.

From this point in the conversation, I shared with him the gospel.  Namely that Jesus alone was able to meet the righteous requirements of the law and that he served as our substitute for our inability and our unwillingness to meet those same requirements.

He was a gentlemen in every sense of the word.  He lent us an ear and was willing to engage in conversation for a lengthy amount of time.  He agreed to receive some literature and even agreed to read Isaiah 53 in order to see how Jesus was the true suffering servant who came as our substitute.  May God be pleased to convert this son of Abraham according to the flesh into a true son of Abraham according to faith.

The Manner in Which We Defend the Gospel

In this post, I’ll look at the way we can honour the Lord in the manner of our speaking.

I recently heard it said: “too many apologetics training programs neglect how we ought to make our defence.” Observation granted. So let’s think about the significance of speaking with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15); but first, a quick refresher on the context.

Context of 1 Peter 3:15

Peter tells the saints that they’ll be blessed if they “suffer for righteousness sake” (3:14). He continues to tell them not to fear (3:15a), but to honour the Lord by making a defence to their opponents (3:15b), and to do so with “gentleness and respect” (3:15c) so that those who slander them for their good behaviour may be put to shame (3:16). Finally, Peter tells them that it’s better for them to suffer for doing good than for doing evil (3:17). So, the saints are being to called to defend the Gospel of a suffering and gentle Saviour in a manner worthy of that Gospel (cf. Phil 1:27; Col 1:10).

Peter knows the temptation for Christians. They might respond with an offended spirit that is harsh and disrespectful. As objects of hostility, we’re prone to think of our opponents:”they’re ruthless; what’s wrong the them?” In frustration, we’re inclined to look down on them: “How inconsistent can they be?” A deep seated resentment can begin to guide our entire approach of interacting with those who mock us. We find ourselves strangely determined to prove we’re right and they’re wrong. Many times I’ve won an argument, but lost the person.

What’s the right way of answering opponents?

Gentleness and respect that reflects Christ

Peter says that when we suffer for our good behaviour and are centred out, we have a great opportunity to make the most of that situation. We’re to speak and tell people the reason for our hope. In addition, it’s of utmost importance that we speak in a manner that reflects the very Gospel we profess to hope in.

Peter has already written that we’re called to suffer for doing good (2:20-21) “because Christ also suffered for [us], leaving [us] an example, so that [we] might follow in his steps” (2:21). Peter continues, “He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (2:22-23). Behold our King! Our job is to fear him, obey him, reflect him and represent him. This includes responding to persecutors with humility, gentleness and respect. Accordingly, we read, “Do not repay evil for evil … but on the contrary bless” (3:9) … “turn away from evil and do good” (3:11; Ps 34:14) … this is what is means to fear the Lord, indeed, to “honour Christ the Lord as holy.” This means not only defending the Gospel, but doing it in a manner that magnifies the nature of the Gospel. Think about it. We say our hope is fixed on the King who was crucified, yes, the Saviour who is gentle and suffered for doing good. Oh how loudly the truth of Gospel rings when the King’s ambassadors suffer like their King! Oh what punch the Gospel gives when spread by Christians who, by persistence in doing good, answer their opponents in gentleness and with respect!

One final word

Note the “for” at the beginning of verse 18. After vv. 15-17, Peter writes, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring them to God” (3:18a). What is the “for” there for? It seems as though  Peter is saying, “honour the Lord by suffering for doing good (3:15-17), for Christ also suffered to bring sinners to God.” In other words, there is an evangelistic appeal and purpose to the Christians’ defence in the midst of suffering. The gentleness and respect with which we defend of the Gospel, in the midst of our suffering, helps bring sinners to God.  If that’s not what the “for” is there for, what’s it there for?

May God help us.

Defending the Gospel Honours the Lord

In this post, I simply want to show that allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ is the reason why all of us should defend the gospel.

Honouring the Lord by Defending the Gospel

We know that we are called to honour God and his appointed King, Jesus Christ. But, does honouring the Lord include defending the gospel? I mean, are we all really called to defend the gospel? Does God honestly expect this from all Christians? Or is it just for apostles, pastors, evangelists and those who are outgoing? It certainly was a part of Paul’s job description. In Philippians, we read of his work in “the defense of the gospel” (1:7, 16). However, in 1 Peter 3, we see this was not only reserved for the apostles, but for all believers. After specific commands to servants (2:18), wives (3:1) and husbands (3:7), he calls “all of [them]” (3:8) to honour the Lord by suffering for the sake of righteousness throughout 3:8 – 4:19.

The classical text for apologetics, 1 Peter 3:15, is sandwiched in between God’s call for his people to suffer for “righteousness’ sake” (3:14) and for their “good behaviour in Christ” (3:16-17). In the midst of this call to faithfulness, Peter writes, “in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being ready to make a defense” (3:15a). Indeed, Christians who are criticized, mocked and opposed for their righteous behaviour (cf. 1 Pet 4:4-5) are called to speak up when they are centred out. They’re called to honour the Lord by defending the gospel that has transformed their lives and made them very different.  The reason why we should defend the gospel is because it honours the Lord.

Fear and Allegiance

Ed Welch writes that “what we fear shows our allegiances” (When People Are Big and God is Small, 47). If we have a strong allegiance to comfort, we will fear pain. If we have a strong allegiance to the approval of people, we will fear their criticism. Our fears show us what is dear to us, yes, what we truly honour in our hearts.

In verse 14, Peter tells the believers to “[h]ave no fear of [the persecutors], nor be troubled.” They aren’t to fear the opposition. This is reminiscent of Jesus’ words not to fear “those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Mt 10:28). And just like Jesus, who says, “[r]ather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell,” Peter writes, “but in your hearts honour [revere / fear] Christ the Lord as holy.” Do not fear man, fear God (or Christ the Lord). Since our fears show us what is dear to us, what does it mean when we’re tempted to fear those who may mock us? Often times, it means we care what they think. We fear their disapproval or criticism or the prospect of relational hostility. The degree to which we value relational peace and comfort is quite impressive (in magnitude, not spirituality). So what do these fears often reveal? At least two misplaced allegiances: (1) allegiance to man (more than God); and (2) allegiance to self.

This may be one reason why Jesus teaches (in the context of fear), “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever  does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Mt 10:37-39). Jesus demands absolute allegiance. He is God’s appointed King, Judge of all and Lord of the world. To waver in your faithfulness to Jesus because of family loyalties shows misplaced fear and thus misplaced allegiance. But it doesn’t only prove utter allegiance to family (one of the most prevalent idols among 1st century Jews!), it also proves allegiance to self: what will they think of me? Too often this sinful allegiance constrains us into unnatural and forced silence. This doesn’t honour the Lord. So, the next time your criticized, mocked at or questioned, look around the room and remember who the Lord is, that he is the powerful One who owns everything, is holding all things together and by whom everyone will be judged; then take a deep breath and speak accordingly. Defending the gospel honours the Lord.

Next time: honouring the Lord in the way we defend the gospel.

Spreading More Than The Gospel

Gospel Review

Our afternoon study called ‘A People Made Ready’ resumed this past Sunday. In our first study, we looked at the question, ‘What is the Gospel?’ We saw that the gospel is the announcement of the reign of God, though Jesus Christ, who is Lord over all. Essentially, the gospel is a message about Jesus.

Spreading this gospel means introducing people to Jesus – telling people the good news of who he is in light of his saving accomplishments. And since he is Lord of the world, all the people of the world must give their allegiance to him. If we profess allegiance to this King, we ought to spread this great and glorious gospel. That was week one.

But there is something else about the nature of this gospel that warrants careful consideration while spreading it: the gospel is the climax of a much larger storyline. Jesus did not appear out of the thin air.

The Gospel is the Climax of a Much Larger Storyline

The preaching of John the Baptist in all four Gospels is significant! He prepares the way for the coming of the Lord (Malachi 3:1) and the great and awesome day of the Lord (Malachi 4:5). John the Baptist’s ministry is to prepare God’s people for the climax of the entire history of redemption! The gospel is the climax of a much larger storyline. Paul tells us that all God’s promises (from the OT) “find their yes in [Christ]” (2 Cor 1:20). This means God has a history of making promises. As the storyline of the Bible progresses, the suspense thickens: how will God keep his promises? Without charting out what these promises are, at least two observations are in order: (1) though the Gospel is the announcement of God’s reign through Jesus Christ, it’s a climactic announcement that shouts ‘fulfilment of promises!’; and (2) unless someone is remotely aware of the larger storyline, they are unlikely to appreciate and understand this climax.

Understanding the Storyline is Not Trivial

In Colossians 1:5-6, Paul tells the Colossians that the gospel bore fruit among them and all over the world “since the day [they] heard it and understood the grace of God in truth.” This passage doesn’t tell us explicitly that we need to preach the storyline of the Bible, nor that x-amount of the storyline needs to be understood before the gospel can be rightly believed. But it tells us that people need to understand the grace of God in truth. And as is the case with any story, the more someone understands the plot (promises) of the storyline, the more they’ll understand and appreciate the climax (Lord-willing).

When it comes to the storyline of the Bible the gospel is the climax, and it is where the grace of God is most clearly displayed! We greatly serve fellow sinners when we help them see the context or big picture in which this climactic event takes place.

How do we Share Big Picture Stuff while Sharing the Gospel?

How do we do this? Though there are hundreds of thousands of people in the GTA who have, at least, a semi-Christian view of the world with a decent amount of biblical literacy, there are more who don’t. People in our culture are becoming increasingly biblically illiterate (even churches can be!). So how much of the storyline do we need to communicate in conjunction with gospel bites about Jesus? Though this largely depends on the nature of any given conversation Matthias Media’s Two Ways to Live booklet is an excellent resource for sharing the Gospel in light of the basic storyline of Scripture. (Just click the link above to see the six picture presentation).

A Brief Outline of Two Ways to Live (without pictures)

Here is a basic outline of the tract that you might find helpful:

1. God is loving ruler of the world. He made us rulers of the world under him. (Gen 1-2; Rev 4:11). BUT, is that the way it is now?

2. We all reject the ruler – God – by trying to run our lives our way without him. But we fail to rule ourselves or society or the world. (Gen 3; Rom 3:10-12). WHAT will God do about this rebellion?

3. God won’t let us rebel forever. God’s punishment for rebellion is death and judgement. (Gen 3; Heb 9:27). God’s justice sounds hard. BUT …

4. Because of his love, God sent his Son in the world: the man Jesus Christ. Jesus always lived under God’s rule. Yet, by dying in our place he took our punishment and brought forgiveness. (Gen 12:1-3, 15:1-6; and 1 Pet 3:18). BUT, that’s not all …

5. God raised Jesus to life again as the ruler of the world. Jesus has conquered death, now gives life, and will return to judge. (1 Pet 1:3) WELL, where does that leave us?

6. The two ways to live:

(1) OUR WAY = Reject God as our ruler. Try to live life our way. The result: Condemned by God; facing death and judgement.

(2) GOD’S NEW WAY = Submit to Jesus as our ruler. Rely on Jesus’ death and resurrection. The result: Forgiveness by God and eternal life. (John 3:16; Rev 21:1-5)

At the end of the booklet, the call is to (1) Talk to God; (2) Submit to Jesus; and (3) Keep trusting.

Practical Instructions for Sharing Two Ways to Live

1. The six points are six pegs on which to hang a gospel conversation. You can enter in at any point. (You don’t need to start at the first point).

2. You can elaborate more or less on any point. This will depend on the conversation you are having.

3. Learn to connect topics of conversation to the six pegs (pictures) of God’s big picture.

Here is an example of connecting a conversation to one of those pegs: If someone is reading the news and comments on how messed up the world is, you could pipe up and say, “It really is messed up, but ya know, the reason is because we all reject God as our ruler; and we try do things our way. That is the main problem. That’s what the Bible teaches. Have you ever thought about that much?” This would be an example of entering in and hanging a conversation on the second peg. If the conversation continues, you will likely talk about the fall in Genesis 3, and there is great potential to end up focusing on Jesus who redeems rebels.

Spreading More than the Gospel

So, the gospel is the climax of a much larger storyline that provides the very framework needed for understanding it. Accordingly, it’s important that we spread them together (Jesus according to the Gospels & the storyline of the Bible). Indeed, we ought to spread more than the gospel. The more biblically illiterate a person is, the more we need to give them more than the gospel.