Greg Stier is the visionary behind Dare 2 Share, a ministry that helps youth learn how to share their faith. On today’s episode he talks about how to share the Gospel using six key words.
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The Six Words Gospel
You can tell someone about Jesus using a six-letter acrostic that spells out the word GOSPEL.
GOD created us to be with him. (Genesis 1-2)
OUR sin separates us from God. (Genesis 3)
SINS cannot be removed by good deeds. (Genesis 4-Malachi 4)
PAYING the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again. (Matthew-Luke)
EVERYONE who trusts in Him alone has eternal life. (John)
LIFE with Jesus starts now and lasts forever. (Acts-Revelation)
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:00):
Greg Stier is the visionary behind Dare 2 Share, a ministry that helps youth learn how to share their faith. On today’s episode, he talks about how to share the gospel using six key words,
Evangelism Podcast Host (00:29):
Welcome to the evangelism podcast with Dr. Daniel King, where Daniel interviews, full-time evangelists, pastors, missionaries, and normal everyday Christians to discover how they share their faith, their powerful testimonies, and amazing stories that will inspire you to reach people with the good news. And now here’s your host, missionary and evangelist Daniel King.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (00:53):
Welcome to the evangelism podcast. I’m Daniel King, and I’m excited about telling people about Jesus today. I have a very special guest Greg steer and he is from dare to share. Thank you so much for being with me today.
Greg Stier (01:04):
Thanks Daniel for the opportunity.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (01:06):
So we are at the Cotton Bowl here in Dallas, Texas at the Together 2022 event led by Nick Hall from Pulse ministries. They’re doing a great job organizing this whole event and getting people together that are excited about evangelism and just crying out to God for a move of God in this nation. And you’ve been invited here to, to speak. And you just shared at a, a workshop. Could you tell me a little bit about the, the workshop that you just shared at?
Greg Stier (01:38):
Yeah, we did a workshop on how to reach different world religions. And so, you know, basically the way you reach any world religion is by lovingly caringly sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. And we gave ’em some apologetics hacks, but, you know, I think quite honestly, when you share Christ, we use three words, ask, admire, admit, ask good questions, admire what you can about what they believe, find common ground like Paul did and act 17. And then admit the reason you’re a Christian is you desperately need Jesus and then lay out the gospel.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (02:08):
Okay. Let’s break down those three words a little bit. Give me some examples of, of walking through that process of how you would open up a conversation about God.
Greg Stier (02:19):
Yeah. So I, you know, one of the things I do is I just start talking to him, what’s your name and where you’re from, if I’m just meeting some person and is we kind of get to know about their family, their life, you know, I say, you know, one of the things I love to do is pray for people. Is there any way I can pray for you? And what I’ve discovered Daniel, is that when you do that, oftentimes people will stop and pause and they’ll think, and they’ll say, you know what, actually there is, they begin to open up. It’s almost like you kind of become a priest to them in a sense, and they want it. They begin to kind of share their journey and their story. And, and then you admire what you can, whatever their spiritual background is. And then you begin that process of laying the gospel out.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (02:57):
Now you’ve developed a very innovative way for sharing the gospel and it’s called life in six words. Can you explain to me what that’s all about?
Greg Stier (03:07):
So we’ve been training teenagers for 30 years at dare to share. And one of the things that you wanna do with teens and adults is you, you really want to help them have a conversation, not just make a presentation. So we have an app called life in six words where there’s 14 words that come up on it, like meaningless purpose life happiness, money, God brokenness. And you just ask them, Hey, if you were to describe your life in six words, what would they be? And they look at the app and they choose six words out of the 14. And then you ask them, tell me why you chose those words and you hear their story. And you, you admire what you can about that. You find common ground. Then, then you say, can I share with you my six words, which are already on the app? You push my words and those words come up. That’s the way you share your testimony. And then finally you say, can I share with you God’s words? And then that’s when you walk through the six words from the Bible, God, our sins paying everyone life, the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (04:05):
So that’s an acronym, G O S P E L, gospel that you’ve you have a word for each of those letters in the word gospel. So it makes it really easy to remember. If someone wants to know how to share the gospel, they can memorize these six words and it will help them to keep it clear in their mind so that they’re able to, to share the gospel if they ever have a chance to, to do that. And so could you walk me through those six words?
Greg Stier (04:35):
Yeah. And it’s really important. It’s what we call gospel fluency. So you wanna, you want to have the people you’re training really know the gospel. So G has God created us to be with him. So that’s Genesis one and two starts, you know, God made Adam and Eve to be in relationship with him, made humanity. O is our sins separate us from God, Genesis three when Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden, S’s sins cannot be removed by good deeds. You see that from Genesis four through the last chapter of the old Testament, Malachi for, you know, the blood that sweat and the tears, the blood of the sacrifices, the sweat of trying to obey all the commandments and the tears of contrition when they failed to none of that could remove their sin. So P paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again, you see that in Matthew, mark, and Luke Jesus paid the price in our place for our sin.
Greg Stier (05:19):
And then he rose again. E is everyone who trusted him alone as eternal life. You see that in the book of John, you know, the one requirement for salvation is faith alone in Christ alone. And then L life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever acts through revelation. It is a personal permanent relationship with God and it cannot be broken by you and we’ll never be broken by him and you’re sharing the gospel, but you’re also sharing what’s called the meta narrative. The big story of the Bible from Genesis one to revelation 22 in six simple sentences. And it’s really important, Daniel, in this current post-Christian culture that we communicate the gospel in a way that tells the whole story of the Bible.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (06:01):
Your website is dare to share.org and the ministry is called dare to share. Can you tell me some about what resources are available on the re on the, the website? Yeah.
Greg Stier (06:14):
Well, first of all, I would just say right away, go to your app store and download life and six words. It’s a free app and it’s in 16 different languages, actually, 17th Korean was added today. So all that app changes just with a push of a button to a different language. So life and six words on your app store. And then we have free curriculum for teenagers on our website. We do an annual event for youth leaders called dare to share live, where they can have their youth groups trained simultaneously on November 12th, how to share the gospel. And we’ll take ’em out to actually share Christ from coast to coast. So that’s dare to share live countless articles. I’ve written 22 books. I mean, we’ve got a ton of stuff to help youth leaders. And I would say parents, grandparents and evangels and pastors really build a culture of evangelism and then give ’em the tools to do it.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (07:00):
Tell me a little bit about your story. How did you get excited about telling people about Jesus?
Greg Stier (07:06):
I don’t come from a typical religious church going pew, sitting him singing family. I come from a family filled with body building back at you and beer drinking thugs. And that’s just the women, you know, sadly, I mean, my family were urban. They were crazy in and outta jail. The Denver mafia nicknamed my uncles, the crazy brothers. So when the mafia thinks your family’s dysfunctional, it is not good. But at hillbilly preacher nickname, Yankee, for whatever reason, planted a church in the suburbs of Denver and reached my whole family on a dare. And one by one, my whole family, you know, over the course of a, you know, couple years, they all came to Christ. I got involved with the youth ministry and to be involved with this youth ministry on, on a leadership level, Yankee trained you and equipped you how to understand the word, execute the word, and execute the mission. And so I was equipped as a student to share the gospel when I was 12. First person on my list was my ma my mom almost aborted me. She was like this woman at the well with the baseball bat. But after three years of trying, I was able to lead her to Christ when I was 15 years old. So I was equipped by, by a youth leader and a pastor. And that’s why probably I love focusing on equipping youth leaders and teenagers and pastors, how to, how to share the gospel.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (08:20):
And what’s the history of dare to share. How did that get started in, in what is your, your primary mission?
Greg Stier (08:27):
Our primary mission is to energize the church to mobilize youth, to gospel as their world. You know, and we started just in small churches and doing weekend trainings and I was pastoring a church at the same time until April 20th, 1999, the Columbine high school shooting took place. I resigned from the church cuz I knew a lot of the kids at the Columbine high school and focused on dare to share full time. And so now instead of doing weekend conferences, we do a, an annual assign cast. We do summer full week trainings and we work with other ministries to really help them strengthen their evangelism DNA so that they can train others to, to multiply the gospel.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (09:08):
So if someone has a, a youth ministry or a college group and they want to equip them to learn how to, to share their faith, how can they find more resources or how can they get connected with you and, and what what’s available to them?
Greg Stier (09:24):
They can follow me at Greg Stier. I’m on Instagram and Twitter. So just at Greg Stier, or just go to Dare2share.org. That’s number two, dare two, share.org and just start clicking away. So many resources, so many articles, so many videos, so much help.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (09:44):
Well, let’s just go through the six words one more time. And I encourage you. If you’re listening, memorize these six words, the acronym gospel, and it will equip you to be able to share your faith anywhere you go. So we’ve got, God created us to be with him. Our sins separate us from God. Sins cannot be removed by good deeds, paying the price for sin. Jesus died in rose. Again, everyone who trusts in him alone has eternal life and life with Jesus starts, starts now and lasts forever. And so what a powerful six words that can change someone’s life for all of eternity.
Greg Stier (10:26):
Amen. Romans one 16. I’m not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, I don’t know how God infused divine power into a stick that Moses used to open up the red sea. I don’t know how God infused divine power into a message that will blast the sin from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. I just know it works so we need to share it out loud. You’ve heard the quote before preach the gospel. If necessary use words, I hate that quote. I’ve changed. It preach the gospel. It’s necessary. Use words out as, as a parent will tell a toddler, use your words. I think God is leaning over to banister of heaven, telling a church, use your words. Of course we wanna live it, but we also gotta give it.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (11:08):
I, I really love the concept of, of the six words. I I’m reminded of a story. Someone went to the famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, and challenged him and said, could you write an entire story in six words? And he says, yes, I can. And this is the story he wrote for sale. Baby shoes never used. It was a tragedy. And he wrote a whole story there. You can feel all of the emotion and everything that comes through that story of someone who had baby shoes that, that were never used. And there’s trying to sell ’em, but six words can literally change someone’s life. And if you take the gospel to them, it’ll change their life.
Greg Stier (11:49):
So I’m gonna steal that story now, cuz that’s awesome.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (11:52):
It’s a good story. Yeah. Well go and find the app life in six words, download it to your iPhone, to your, your your droid, whatever type of technology you have. Go ahead and download it and, and it, you can just go through it and it screen by screen and witness to people and is a really great conversation. Start that that’s what I really liked about it is you’re asking like, Hey, if you could describe your life in six words what would it look like? And you know, you just show it to them and it generates curiosity. It opens that conversation. And then once you have the conversation going, it opens people’s hearts to receive the gospel.
Greg Stier (12:31):
So my good friend, Dave Gibson and I were in Scottsdale and we were at a restaurant and we asked Sandra this server, how would she describe her life? In six words, she took a look at the words and began to weep and had to excuse herself. And she came back. She goes, I’m sorry, those words just open up a floodgate of emotion in me. She started sharing with us, all of her struggles. We go through the gospel with her life in six words. She puts her faith in Christ on the spot six months later, Dave and I are back in that same restaurant looking for Sandra. We asked the server at Sandra, here she goes, oh, she’s not working today. And I said, well, let’s look, how would you describe your life? In six words? She goes, oh, Sandra already took us through that. And I trust the Christ, my savior. And now, I mean, I was like my goodness, just from one encounter. And it’s not the app, it’s the gospel. So I tell people I don’t go into a steak restaurant for the plate. I go for the steak, right? I want it served on a plate. Well, the gospel message is is the stake and the life in six words, app is just a really nice plate to serve it on.
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (13:33):
Well, I love this tool. It’s a great tool for sharing the gospel. Thank you so much for being on the evangelism podcast. I appreciate it.
Greg Stier (13:39):
Evangelism Coach Daniel King (13:40):
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Evangelism Podcast Host (15:00):
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