Topic: Sharing the Gospel

Sharing the Gospel

How to Get Over Your Fear of Sharing the Gospel

“I shared the gospel _____ times this week.” Each Sunday at church, we pass down the pews sign-in sheets containing this line. It’s an opportunity for us as a church to celebrate and encourage each other as we learn to proclaim Christ to our world. You probably wouldn’t be surprised, […]

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Key Connections (July 27, 2018)

Perfect Peace for Anxious Souls (John Piper, Desiring God) …On his [Jesus] mind is: “You look troubled. Your faces look trouble. I love you. I don’t like it when you look that way. I don’t want to leave you that way.” It’s that simple. It’s that precious. It’s that personal. It […]

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How the Apostles Changed the World

Three men encountered the Lord Jesus Christ, and it changed not only their lives, but the world. Peter, James, and John, among others, are recognized as apostles—a unique and handpicked crew of Jesus’ disciples who personally encountered him, and afterwards, authored portions of the New Testament. Their writings endured the […]


Guarding the Gospel of Grace

If it were not for a thunderstorm that struck Martin Luther with the fear of death, he was bound to become a lawyer. The parallel truths of his wretchedness and God’s holiness became etched into his mind, like a chisel into stone, which evoked torment within him. Trying to reconcile […]


Why Christians Should Not Get Angry with the Lost

Imagine for a moment that you are responsible for parking at the Super Bowl. The cars are jammed in, bumper-to-bumper, and when the game is over, your job is to clear the parking lot as quickly and as safely as possible. Your strategy is simple: As soon as the drivers […]

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Hope for Loved Ones Who Have Resisted the Gospel

Anxiety over loved ones who have resisted the gospel and rebelled against the Lord is one of the heaviest burdens we carry in our mature years. When I ask members of our congregation how I can best pray for them, the request I hear most often involves sorrow over a […]

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Key Connections (August 16, 2017)

You Can’t Love Missions Without Loving the Local Church (Caleb Greggsen, 9Marks) First, there’s a dreadful tendency for both “stayers” and “goers” (at least the young ones) to question motives of the other “side.” Second, missionary zeal and love for the local church should not be competing affections in our heart. […]

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Key Connections (August 10, 2017)

Three Surprising Ways Bible Reading with My Kids Has Changed Me (Jon Nielson, Tim Challies) There are plenty of distractions and reasons why reading the Bible with my three young kids is hard. But I’m convinced that the best thing I can do for my children is expose them to the […]


Three Ways Hospitality Pictures the Gospel

I pulled up to my driveway and sighed, seeing all the kids gathered there. If this sight was something I’d prayed for, why was I so frustrated? I used to tell everybody that I wanted my house to be “the Kool-Aid house,” the one where all the kids played and […]

Where Should the Poor Fall on Your “To-Do” List?

I don’t know about your “Christian to-do list,” but mine’s getting long. I’m supposed to pray and read my Bible and be in a small group and serve and be a well-informed voter and protest abortion and lead family devotions and understand culture and read the latest Christian books and […]

The Gospel Is More Powerful Than You Think

A while back, I was sitting in a weekend class when, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the news about the bombings and shootings in Paris. During our dinner break, I sat down at a McDonalds and watched CNN as they reported on the ongoing hostage crises in […]

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Key Connections (June 1, 2017)

Do You Resent the Life God Gave You? (Sarah Walton, Desiring God) If we try to make sense of our circumstances, or compare our circumstances to others’, we will inevitably feel like we drew the short straw. 4 Ways to Encourage Your Pastor (Trevor Forbis, Chuck Lawless) I have found four easy ways […]


Eight Ways to Pursue the Ministry of Reconciliation

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”¹ On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln spoke those words to his Republican colleagues in the Springfield, Illinois statehouse. He had just been chosen to run against Stephen Douglas for the United States Senate. When Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon, questioned the use of such […]

How Stephen Baldwin’s Thief on the Cross Reached Millions

This article by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra originally appeared at The Gospel Coalition to celebrate the release of the DVD Heaven, How I Got Here: A Night with the Thief on the Cross. John Aiello was worried about his father. Seventy-three years old and suffering from renal cancer, John Aiello Sr. didn’t have much […]

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Do You Share the Complete Christmas Message?

Suppose you arrive home from work one day and find a white envelope, addressed to you, taped to the front door. You slide your finger under the back flap to open the envelope, which contains a single white piece of paper. On it a simple message is typed: Lunch at […]

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ONE Neighbor’s Faithfulness: The Story of Nancy Dubina

Like Nancy, you can be ONE person making an exponential difference for the gospel. Click here to learn more. Nancy Dubina lives in Canton, OH and is a regular listener to the daily radio program, Unlocking the Bible. Last Easter, Nancy was one of three million listeners to tune into […]

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Key Connections (September 28, 2016)

Only Our God Speaks (Ryan Shelton, Desiring God) It is so easy to start investing extreme amounts of time and energy, money and affection in worthless worship to fake saviors. How Jesus Maximized His Season (Sophie McDonald, The Gospel Coalition) Should our planners be continually overbooked? Should the normal pace of our lives […]

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Key Connections (September 14, 2016)

10 Things You Should Know about Persecution (Tim Keesee, Crossway) Suffering for the sake of the gospel is a way in which we identify with Christ’s sufferings—and he, in turn, identifies with the sufferings of His people. Why You Should Read Through the Entire Bible as Fast as Possible (Jordan Standridge, The […]


How the Reformation Sparked Evangelism

Wherever the gospel is recovered, you get a new momentum in relation to missions-evangelism….What we need is people who are captivated by the gospel. Then we’re going to see an advance in missions. (Colin Smith) Next year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In a video produced by […]

Seven Reasons to Not Fear Sharing Your Faith

The word “evangelism” sends a shiver down the spine of many Christians. “I won’t know what to say.” “I want to get to know the person better.” “They seem like they wouldn’t be open to the gospel.” “Evangelism is not my spiritual gift.” There are many common excuses people use […]

The Most Important Question in the Bible

It was my first trip to Israel, and our itinerary was full of places that before the trip were, to me, only names on the pages of Scripture. I was excited because this journey held the assurance that we would learn much, see much, and feel much over the course […]


God’s Secret Work of Election

If God had waited for me to seek after him, he would still be waiting. No one seeks God (Romans 3:11). No one! Not even you. By nature we run from God. If we seek him, it is only because he has taken the initiative to seek us. I came […]

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What Acts Teaches Us About the Advancement of the Gospel

Jesus said this to his followers before his ascension: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) This promise provides the structure for the book of Acts, […]


Empowered Evangelism

Joshua summarized the conquest of Israel with this line: “Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass” (Joshua 21:45). Years earlier, when Joshua stood at the edge of the Jordan preparing to cross into […]

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How to Share Your Testimony

September is Listener Stories Month, where we encourage you to tell us how you’ve been impacted by Unlocking the Bible! When preparing your testimony, ask yourself, “How do the details of my story ultimately point to God’s bigger story in the gospel of Jesus Christ?” Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie explains the importance […]

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Positioned on Purpose

On the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey, he arrived in Athens ahead of the rest of his team (Acts 17:16). This gave him some time to look around the city, and he was disturbed by the overt idolatry that adorned the marketplace and permeated this center of Greek culture. The […]

Hungry for the Bible in Budapest, Hungary

For the past week, a team of American students from The Orchard have been running an English camp in Budapest, Hungary for Hungarian students. Unlocking the Bible has had the privilege of partnering with this team by supplying them with Pastor Colin’s book 10 Keys for Unlocking the Bible in Hungarian through […]


Fruitful Evangelism, Gospel Flexibility

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22) In this passage (1 Corinthians 9:19-23), the Apostle Paul defines Christian maturity as flexibility. Following the example of Christ – the infinitely glorious, eternally divine Son of God who wrapped himself […]

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Learning From the Christmas Lights We Hang

When I studied at Moody Bible Institute in the downtown Chicago, December brought about two battling desires. The first desire was to finish the mountain of papers and finals before me. The second desire was to simply walk around the city, bathing in the bright Christmas décor. There was nothing […]