Sharing the Message of the Cross

By Tacoi Bell

This post was written by Tacoi Bell of The Anointed Editorial. To connect with Tacoi, see the information in the bio at the end of this post.

Sharing the good news is always in order, but there is something truly special about the time of year when we celebrate what the death of Jesus means for our lives. That’s right: I’m talking about Resurrection season, specifically Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. 

While many get caught up on Easter eggs and cute bunnies (and let’s be honest, they are so cute), followers of Christ deeply reflect on the great sacrifice that bought our salvation, and our decision to authentically walk out our faith is renewed. Hopefully, for all believers, our resolve to share the gospel is also revived.

There are many ways to share the message of God’s all-encompassing love and the significance of Jesus going to the cross. Below are a few that we can use no matter where we find ourselves.

Offer to Pray for Someone

The evangelism team at my church recently went out into the streets. Armed with pamphlets and prayers, they approached new-found friends and offered one simple question: Can I pray for you?

Members of the evangelism team were surprised by the responses. Many strangers, believers and yet-to-be believers, welcomed the invitation to be prayed over. One member testified that a woman who had been having pain in her ear no longer felt throbbing once she entered into prayer with someone. Most that received prayer asked about the location of the church and intended to come to service; many evangelism team members reported they were unable to pass out the carefully prepared pamphlets.

For me, this recent example in my personal life solidified that the kingdom of God is built on outreach and community. Consider the ministry of Jesus — he performed miracles and prayed openly (outreach) and told others to testify of their experience (community). And when those who were touched shared about the healing they received by his hands, others came from far and wide to encounter the same.

A white man and white woman with coffee, talking

Invite a Stranger to Church or on an Outing

Speaking of community, consider 1 Corinthians 12:14–20:

For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. (ESV)

In context, these verses speak to the importance of all spiritual gifts working together, but this concept in verses 14–20 also generally applies  to the life of a Christian. Therefore, we can be a help to our fellow brothers and sisters of the gospel by making sure they have a community to come back to and are not living their faith in isolation. Inviting a friend out for coffee or even to a worship service may go a long way in laying the foundation for or maintaining their faith. 

Continue to Showcase the Importance of God’s Sacrifice

The most important way we can share the message of the cross is to embody the fruits of the spirit, which according to Galatians 5:23–23 are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. We must understand that these are the same fruits Jesus epitomized during his three-year ministry, so we should strive to do the same every day. When we do this, we preserve the sacredness of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection and help others see it also.

The work of the cross is the most important work to ever exist. And the beautiful thing about its work is that it is finished. Let’s continue to share the complete and powerful work the cross accomplished over 2,000 years ago.

Featured photo by Greg Rosenke on Unsplash; in-text photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

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