It is one of the strongest arguments I know of to support the credibility of the gospel and the authenticity of Christ. There is a self-evidence built into the gospel story that makes it inviting and also shows us how to share the gospel with others. It’s not some brand new teaching or insight that just came along in the last few years; it’s always been a part of the story because it is part of the words of Jesus.
The gospel is an invitation. It is transparent, open and subject to scrutiny. You can’t offend it. You either believe it or you don’t, but it’s going to be just fine either way. God does not beg. He is there; and He is entertaining questions. Kind of like Lucy in “Peanuts.”
The gospel isn’t so much in the end as it is in the process. It is discovered in the dialogue. It’s in the walking and the talking. That’s why Jesus invited his disciples to come along with Him. He didn’t tell them much up front; He merely asked them to follow Him. There was no agreement, no contract, no set of beliefs they had to adhere to before they could join up. It was all about coming alongside and discovering.
The Discovery Channel suits the spread of the Gospel of Welcome much better than some Christian broadcasting network. The Christian programming is already nailed down. There’s not that much investigating going on. There is more of “This is how we think,” or “This is what Christians believe,” or “This is what makes Christians comfortable.” It should be more like “Have you ever looked into this?”, or “Have you ever thought about that?” It’s much better if it’s not “Christian” to start with. Otherwise no one will seek or ask real questions.
Have you seen Jesus my Lord?
He’s here in plain view.
Take a look, open your eyes,
He’ll show it to you. – John Fischer
We can have confidence that when we invite others to look into Jesus, if they’re supposed to find Him, they will. It’s not up to us to do the convincing anyway; that’s God’s part. We just do the inviting.
The gospel is inviting; it always has been. We didn’t invent this as a strategy; Jesus brought the gospel to us this way, and it’s the way He wants it spread.