Scripture Reading: John 3:1-21
Memory Verse: “And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, is not this Joseph’s son?” (Luke 4:22)
Introduction: The Gospel has appealed to such a cross-section of humanity that one must conclude it to be of universal attraction (more, of course, in the Western World). Men who are wealthy have accepted it as their greatest asset, while those impoverished have accepted it as their only treasure. Men of letters and those unlearned alike have been transformed by its power. Why is this Gospel such an attractive declaration and story? Simply because it pertains to both God and man – revealing God’s will for man and the good news of the Kingdom of God. It is the only divinely comprehensive, life-giving philosophy. It is all of this because it has been prepared by the mind of God and not concocted by the finite and fallible minds of men.
The Gospel is more attractive by example than by precept. As a sinner views the wondrous transformation that the Gospel has produced in the life of an acquaintance, his own desire for this beautiful life is stimulated. The beauty of the Gospel was personified in Christ. He was personally the message of God to man in flesh and blood. He was the “good news” as well as the Preacher of “good news” or Gospel.
Any person who hears enough of it to be truly converted, cannot consider it anything less than the greatest opportunity of his or her life. The beauty of this Gospel is attested to by the fact that true Christian converts receive it so joyfully. Many embrace it as the thing they have so long desired. Some may never have associated it with that insatiable hunger for something until they found this Gospel of their salvation.
The harmony and assurance that characterize a child of God cause the Gospel to attract others. The person who is at peace with God and who is assured of eternal life, cannot help but exhibit a confidence and happiness that will interest others in the assurance and consolation of Christianity.
- What aspect of the Gospel should be stressed in order to win converts? John 3:14-15.
- Did the Gospel of Jesus appeal to men and women from all walks of life? John 3:1-2; 4:28-29; Luke 19:2-3; Mark 5:18-19; 7:26-28.
- How are Christians used in making the “good news” attractive to others? John 5:13-16; Acts 4:13.
- Discuss how the contrast of the old way of life helps to emphasize the beauty of Christian living. Ephesians 2:1-13.
- How are people drawn to Christ and to the beautiful story of salvation and redemption? Matthew 16:17; John 6:44.
- Explain the whole panorama of the Gospel that we are privileged to see that many others desired to see. Luke 10:23-24; Matthew 13:16-17.
- In view of Luke 4:18-19, discuss the attractiveness and the message of the Gospel.
- What should our attitude be toward spreading such a glorious Gospel? Romans 1:14-17. What did the Gospel mean to Paul?
- Relate how other things become insignificant when one becomes acquainted with Christ. Philippians 3:8.
- Discuss the magnetism of the Gospel. What was there in Christianity that first drew you to it?