International (MNN) — When Jesus taught, he always used words and examples that the people listening to him would understand.
It’s important for those teaching about Jesus today to use the same tactic, says Denise Godwin of International Media Ministries. “It’s going to be Jesus Christ and the hope that is in the resurrection. But how are we going to communicate that in this culture? What story is going to really capture people’s attention? One simple example might be some of our partners in Lebanon, who are feeding families in need, but they’ll feed anyone. They’ll feed any religion that comes to them with a physical need for food. The food is like the Word of God as the bread of life.”
Communicating the hope of the Gospel
Godwin points out that many words or concepts Christians use can be hard to understand for those outside the church. For instance, someone may know the word baptism, but not all that it means to Christians.
And when talking about faith, be sure to always approach from a place of hope. Godwin says, “Hope is one of the biggest things out there… I think we all have the opportunity to incorporate hope into our own stories and figuring out ways to communicate what God has done for us.”
Header photo courtesy of International Media Ministries on Facebook.