By Cesar Parra
Reprinted from the April 2018 CNBC Horizon
In the month of May, we want to challenge all CNBC churches and church plants to “pray 2 proclaim.”
We will pray for two people we know personally who don’t know Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour. Pray that you will have an opportunity to declare the Gospel to anyone you know: a family member, a friend, a neighbour, a coworker, a student at school, a teacher …
We will pray twice a day. You as a church decide which time is best, for example 7 am and 7 pm. The entire church will stop to “pray 2 proclaim.” At the two chosen times, each person will meditate on the text of the day and pray for the two people on their list. The text of the day will be posted on the five-day weekly calendar on the CNBC website. Click here to go to the calendar webpage.
We will pray based on Colossians 4:3–4. “And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”
All churches across Canada should provide training on how to share the Gospel, using any chosen method. Some of the methods provided in this article can be used or you can contact me, Cesar Parra, if you have questions on how to train your church.
A church in Cincinnati, Ohio, posted a good example of sharing the Gospel in this “Roman Road” video. This will help you practise sharing the Gospel.
If you like to use technology, there is a good app called “Life in 6 Words” that you can download to your phone and use to share the Gospel. All you have to do is click on the app and follow each step. Simply slide to the next screen and it will take you to the end where the person is asked to pray to receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour.
For an android device, search for “Life in 6 Words” on Google Play.
For an iOS device, search for “Life in 6 Words” on the App Store.
Or use another method of your choice.
It’s important to make sure you declare the Gospel from beginning to end. Your Gospel presentation must have these elements:
Describe how we are separated from God; this is our spiritual condition because of sin.
Tell who Jesus is and what He did for us: that He died and rose again on the third day to give us salvation by grace through faith in Christ.
Share the wonderful news that salvation is a free gift from God to all who believe.
Explain the importance of receiving Him as our Lord and Saviour. Explain the necessity to repent of our sins and confess with our mouth that He is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead. This will be expressed by guiding the person through a salvation prayer.
A complete presentation of the Gospel is one that asks the person to make a decision—a yes or no response is a must. Then we can truly say we declared the Gospel. Our job is not to convert others; the Holy Spirit does that. We are disciples called by Christ to declare, to be witnesses of the Gospel here and to the ends of the earth.
In the month of May, we will “pray 2 proclaim” and discover what God will do through the Holy Spirit. Our focus will not be on conversions but on how many of us had the opportunity to declare the Gospel. When we declare, God will do the rest as we participate in the expansion of His Kingdom. Join the movement and “pray 2 proclaim” for 2 people, 2 times a day in the month of May and let’s discover what God will do.
Send your stories or short videos of how God used you: email@example.com.