This is an easy way to remember what to cover. Why we need to be saved covers the ingredients sin, righteousness and judgement, how Jesus can save us is Jesus as Saviour and What we need to do is Jesus as Lord. If you miss out number 1, why would people want to hear about Jesus? You can become just an annoying Christian trying to push ‘Jesus’ onto everyone. They need to understand the ‘why’. If you miss out number two, well this is the heart of the Gospel and the solution to our problem. And if you miss out number 3, then how can people know how to respond? You may leave them thinking ‘Great, Jesus has died for my sins, everything is ok. I don’t need to do anything’. I think you can see just how important it is to communicate all three of these.
As Christians, the Gospel is our most powerful message. It always has been and always will be. God uses this message to powerfully effect the salvation of lost people. As Reinhard Bonnke puts it:
“God’s power lines draw current from Calvary, from the resurrection and the throne: ‘The Gospel of Christ …is the power of God…’ wrote Paul. He proved it. The world in his day could not have been worse: cruel, corrupt, and cynical. Yet the gospel changed it. The gospel can do it again.” ²
The gospel message, then, is far from just information about Jesus. Because it is empowered by God, and ordained by Him to save people, He works through it to bring revelation³ It is this revelationary power which non-church people desperately need to hear. Billy Graham puts it like this:
“I have found that there is supernatural power in this message that cannot be rationally explained. The gospel has it’s own communicative power. When we preach Christ crucified, there is power — dynamite — in it. This is the gospel I have declared on every continent and before every conceivable group”4
Establishing relationships with non-church people is powerful, as are meeting their needs, answering their questions and praying and fasting for them. Yet none of these activities are given the same power status in the New Testament as the gospel. (eg. Paul did not say ‘establishing friendships/prayer/meeting needs/ answering their questions/fasting etc with non-church people is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes’). Uniquely and unashamedly, the gospel is singled out in the New Testament as the supreme instrument (certainly not the only instrument) for the salvation of lost souls.
 ‘The gospel’, as alluded to in Mark 16: 15 is a specific message, intended to be spoken, with five specific ingredients: sin, righteousness, judgement, Jesus as Saviour, Jesus as Lord. In our experience, only a minute number of people in the average church are capable of proclaiming a loving, accurate, gracious, complete uncompromising gospel without training. For most of us, articulating this message to non-believers is a new skill and takes training. Typically, most of us in the church do not know how to start a conversation with a non-church person, even if they were our friend or family. And once we have started, we are usually very unsure about what to say. The few who are sure about what to say usually have great trouble putting all the components of the gospel together in a way which brings clear understanding to the non-church person. Train To Proclaim helps Christians and churches through quality training, tools and training, to equip people to lovingly present the full Gospel message. Contact us today to discuss how we can help your church.
 Reinhard Bonnke. Evangelism by Fire. Igniting your Passion for the Lost. Kingsway Publication. 1996. p89
 See Acts 16:14. This is great example of how powerful the gospel is to bring revelation and ‘open peoples hearts’ to receiving the truth about Jesus.
 Billy Graham. The Work of an Evangelist. International conference for itinerant evangelists. Amsterdam. World Wide Publications 1984.p95.