Something I find interesting is that when we think about sharing the gospel we are much more guided by the book of Romans than the book of Acts. A few reasons I find this interesting:
- Acts records actual gospel sharing, I mean in many cases it gives the actual quotes of those proclaiming the gospel, it seems to me that we would want to look at those instances where the gospel is shared as a primary focus when thinking about how we should share the gospel.
- Romans is written to Christians, not lost people. These people have already surrendered their lives to Christ when Paul is teaching them what we tend to try and teach lost people.
- Romans never states “this is what you should explain to lost people.”
- Acts doesn’t necessarily explain this either but it does say “this is what we told lost people and they repented and believed by the thousands.” (Obviously not an actual quote from Acts)
- Generally the Romans approach focuses on Christ’s death as a substitution for our punishment (not to say that Paul necessarily focuses on this in Romans, it is just the pieces that we pick out), and generally the accounts in Acts focus on the resurrection of Christ and his role at the right hand of the father to judge and forgive.