The following is a sample letter for reaching out to family and friends with the Gospel. You can use all, part or even edit to more meet your circumstances and situation. Also, we have some "Ultimate Questions" booklets that are available for you to pick up in the North Foyer to reach out to your unsaved family and friends.
I am writing this letter to you because I want to share with you some of the truths that I have come to understand and believe from the Bible about the subject of God, heaven and hell, and our need to obtain salvation from our own sins. I hope you will forgive the impersonal nature of sharing these things by letter in the place of a personal conversation, but I wanted to initiate a discussion that perhaps might allow us to talk at a personal level. I am also including a booklet on these topics by John Blanchard called Ultimate Questions. It provides a good yet concise discussion on all these topics.
Some years ago, I began learning from the Bible about who God is and what salvation is all about. These topics are huge, but with this short letter I would like to highlight five key truths that every person needs to know and believe.
The first truth we need to know and believe is the reality of God the Creator (cf. Genesis 1-2). This universe and the life we have on earth did not come here by random chance, but is all the work of a wise and powerful God who made it all. He is the personal God who has made man as the created image of His own glory.
The second truth we need to understand is that all of us are sinners who have violated God’s own moral holiness. No matter how good we might think ourselves to be, all of us fall short of God’s perfect holiness. The Bible says that the reason why this is so is because when the first man (Adam) sinned, his sin brought separation from God to all men and left all of us in a state of spiritual corruption (cf. Romans 3:23; 5:12).
The third truth we need to understand is that because God is perfect in His holiness, and also perfect in His righteousness, He must judge all evil (cf. Revelation 20:11-15). Oftentimes we look in the media at certain criminals and think to ourselves “Boy, that is one evil person.” According to the Bible, even our “smallest” sins are infinite violations of the moral holiness of God. All of us are sinners, and all of us need to be saved from our sins.
The fourth precious truth we see in the Bible is the precious truth that even though all people deserve God’s judgment, God sent His Son from heaven to become a man and take the punishment for our sins on the cross. On the cross, it was God in flesh taking the penalty of our sins (cf. John 3:16).
The fifth and last truth I want to highlight for you is the truth that God’s offer of forgiveness and eternal life is a gift that He freely offers to anyone who will believe in the finished work of His Son Jesus Christ. The Bible says that we are saved by grace through faith, and not by our own good works (cf. Ephesians 2:8-9).
This note is intentionally quite short. I hope we can talk about this sometime soon if you would like to. Here is my phone number and email if you would like to call or send a note.