(NOTE to those who don't like this kind of structured approach: I am NOT hereby putting GG into a box. Rather, I am speaking to those who value structured approaches, to suggest a structured approach for this. If you don't like this, then just skip it. Perhaps you'd like to skip to 'Telling and Answering'?)
|Introductory Idea||We were given the privilege and responsibility for tending and developing God's creation.||
God loves you |
and has a wonderful plan for your life.
Heaven is a free gift;
it is not earned or deserved.
|The Problem||But we have messed it up ...||We do not experience this ...||None of us are worthy of it.|
|Root of Problem||... because we - all of us - have treated the creation as though it belonged to us.||... because we have turned away from God.||We are all sinners.|
|God's Dilemma||Because of his love for all his creation, he must judge us when we harm it.||As a result, we are separated from God.||
God must punish us because of his justice.
But he does not want to punish us because of his love.
This gives God a dilemma.
God entered the world in the person of Jesus Christ |
who died 2000 years ago to bring forgiveness to us
and so the Spirit of God might live in each of us.
|Jesus Christ died on the cross to bridge the gulf between us and God.||
God solved this in the most amazing way -
by coming into the world in the person of Jesus Christ.
Christ died to take on himself the punishment for our sins.
The Spirit of God grows his 'fruit' of a different attitude for the rest of creation in us |
and he gives us power, comfort and wisdom to live in a new way, despite pressures from those whose vested interests might be threatened by us.
|We are no longer cut off from God, and gain our purpose.||We are no longer guilty before God.|
|Our Response||We must submit to Jesus Christ and allow the Spirit of God control of our lives.||We must ask Jesus Christ to be our Saviour and Lord.||We must ask Jesus Christ to be our Saviour and Lord.|
|Suitable For||Those who, deep down, are worried about environmental and other global problems.||Those who feel they have no purpose in life.||Long-standing church people who are unsure how they stand before God.|
Peter's famous statement was not so much a telling as an answering. There is a difference.
So what did Peter tell them that made them desperate to hear what to do? Peter told them the specific evil they had done: they had killed the Holy One of God.
This is what 'green gospel' does. It tells people they have done evil: they are destroying the very inheritance of God, and doing so for no good reason other than a selfish attitude.
Moreover, in century-terms, unlike the situation in Western lands until recently, what Peter told them, and then gave as answer, was 'new news'. That we are destroying God's earth by our selfish attitude and that the answer is to repent and turn to Christ, is 'new news' to most Western people today.
It is now the appropriate time to begin to proclaim 'green gospel'.
Written on the Amiga with Protext.
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Created: 3 August 2005. Last updated: 23 November 2006 Tell + Answer. 24 July 2008 a bit more Intro in response to someone's comment, and link to Evangelism page.