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In the sermon "No Excuses!  God Is Enough" from Exodus 3:10-4:21, we were challenged to ask the Lord to help us as discipline ourselves in the clarity of our witness.  That is - we need to do our homework to be able to share Jesus naturally when there is an open door to witness to an open heart.

As promised here are some of the notes from that moment.

If you’re not sure what to say…don’t worry, God handled that.  I’ve got just the book for you!

    • Remember: Get into the Word so the Word can get into you.
    • Get in a group, we have them here for all ages. We’re studying God’s Word using a tool called (of all things) The Gospel Project! Imagine that.

You can communicate clearly the good news…but not accidentally.  To be effective witnesses we must work at gospel clarity! We must work at being able to take what we know in our heads and hearts and clearly express it out of our mouths.

Here are 2 keys to help you intentionally work toward clarity:

1. MEMORIZE A FEW SCRIPTURES that sum up the key components of the gospel:

Here are a handful of verses to get you started:

    • Romans 3:23-24
    • Romans 5:8-9
    • Ephesians 2:8-9
    • 1 Corinthians 15:1-5

But don’t just memorize these verses; spend time meditating on them noting how they communicate each element of the gospel:

    • God as creator, 
    • man’s sin, 
    • God’s judgment, 
    • Jesus’s sacrifice and resurrection, 
    • repentance and faith.


You may have avoided them because they sound canned and you want to be more organic and spontaneous than that. However, your instinct most likely won’t lead to clarity.

Benefits: they’ll help you wrestle with the logic of the gospel

    • they’ll help you remember key verses better…conversationally.
    • they’ll put different tools in your resources so that you can be “always ready to give an answer for the reason for the hope that you have...” 
    • Grab a printed booklet in the Narthex the next time you’re at church.  I recommend “WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?” to help give you the “why” and think through explaining this to an unchurched person.  (We use the text from that resource on our website's gospel page.)
  • NOTE: I’m (Pastor Chad) currently working on memorizing a version of this one: Two Ways To Live (maybe even with the accent)


Other Helpful Tools:


Got tools that you would recommend adding to this list (without it being a mile long)?  Email Pastor Chad and let him know.