What if you had to share the Gospel without the Bible?
Think about the early Church! It did not have the Bible to help them spread the word of God! If we did not have the Bible how would you share the good news of Jesus Christ?
Oral traditions are found in every culture, including early Christianity. Even though early Christians were more literate and knowledgeable during Roman times, after the fall of the Empire began to rely more heavily on translations and modifications to the Bible that the Holy Roman Church produced for their missionary priests.
These oral traditions were the original concepts of the Bible, passed along from generation to generation, memorized through repetition. You can even read in the Bible that much of the Old Testament was spoken history until someone wrote it down.
The story of the judge Deborah is my favorite. She passed on her people's traditions orally to children as part of her duties. If you want to spread the Word without carrying it around, learn to speak the stories and histories contained in the Good Book by heart.
Actually a famous guy in Christian circles, currently forgotton by me. Said "Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary use words."
I don't think he meant hitting them with bible. I think he meant to act Christ like and live like Christ, so that those looking at you will see the true Gospel.
DC talk said that the Greatest cause of atheism in the world is Christian's who pay lip service and deny Christ by their lifestyle --- Atheist's don't get upset I know it because you believe its not rational.
I hope that answers your question.
I think the early church would only have to talk about Jesus, the signs wonders and miracles. Why aren't their many signs, wonders and miracles - cause while not rational a great way to share Jesus Christ.
(I reserve the right to make a hub about this if and when I feel like it)
Orally passing on the truths of Christianity would not have been effective without the inspiration,teaching,prophecy and power of the Holy Spirit as this verse indicates:
John 16:13 (Contemporary English Version)
The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. The Spirit doesn't speak on his own. He will tell you only what he has heard from me, and he will let you know what is going to happen.
These words of Jesus were fulfilled after his murder when as promised He sent His Holy Spirit in such a miraculous way that the event is still celebrated in most churches on what is now called "Pentecost Sunday".
Acts 2:1-4 (Contemporary English Version)
The Coming of the Holy Spirit
1On the day of Pentecost all the Lord's followers were together in one place. 2 Suddenly there was a noise from heaven like the sound of a mighty wind! It filled the house where they were meeting. 3Then they saw what looked like fiery tongues moving in all directions, and a tongue came and settled on each person there. 4The Holy Spirit took control of everyone, and they began speaking whatever languages the Spirit let them speak.
Well story telling has always worked in the past. This method spans across many cultures. It will probably still work if we had to.
I had got done preaching and my pastor came up to me and told me this, “you are not the best preacher by any means, but you are the most effective.” Puzzled by this statement I asked for further explanation. He told me, “You preach before you even say one word. You treat everyone with kindness so when people hear you speak they want to listen and follow what you say.” I don’t mean to sound self righteous, but I believe my pastor answered your question.
I believe that the Bible is not necessarily the only way to share the Gospel to people, knowledge of learnings are a good back up as well as prayer, the Holy Sprit will give you the words to speak and if there is a wuestion you cannot answer you can always let them know that you are not sure of the answer and will get back to them. I believe that ministering to another you should always have a partner, God never sends anyone out alone, and I beleive that when you do this also you should have someone with you who is either well versed than you or if you are well versed bring along someone who can gain from the experience. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ and working together produces greater results in helping the lost find Christ.
The True gospel is/was never shared from the bible.
There is the gospel according to the bible, which is the gospel of the christians and no matter what they do how they share their gospel they always and must return to their bible....
But that is a false gospel...
similar in many ways but still false.
The testimonies of my life since I met Jesus Christ and the effectual workings of His WORD that I have committed my life to will be the basis of my sharing the gospel. Because a personal encounter with Jesus Christ and the result is the essence of the gospel.
Denominational Christianity today is as 2Timothy 3:5 - A form of godliness but denying the power thereof. In the early church there was power - there was heaing, and tongues, and helps, and other miracles occuring. People were drawn to a testimony with power. Today, there is simply lots of testimony and most preachers are preachers because they went to seminary and got a license to practice religion. The world can give a preacher a license but only the Lord can give the power.
Since the spirit that inspired these men to pen the scriptures lives now in us, I think He is a bit more Holy than the recorded word, and is more than willing to talk to us. We all now have the living word inside of us.
Don't get me wrong, if your still unsure, lean on the scriptures but know they are only there to get you to the place where you know His voice.
All the bibles in the world could be burned, but the word could be written again from the hearts of His own. The word is forever seddled in heaven, it has stood the test of fire in the man Jesus.
I would first comprehend where you are adjust my mind to think in your shoes , find out what you do and then be the example to not do.
Catch your attention, and strive to direct you too the personality match to sustain you proper teachings inspirational positive. (Gospel) Walk the Walk.
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