A great wave of persecution began that day, sweeping over the church in Jerusalem; and all the believers except the apostles were scattered through the regions of Judea and Samaria. Acts 8:1
But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went. Acts 8:4
When Jesus told the early believers that they would be His witnesses in Judea, Samaria and to the uttermost parts of the earth, He didn’t mean that they were to create a strategy to do that. He already had a strategy.
In this case, it was the persecution of the early church that worked to spread it’s influence throughout the region and beyond. Like trying to put out a fire by stomping on it and only sending embers into the air to start new fires wherever they land, the persecution of the early church backfired on those who tried to quell it. It spread like wildfire. Which goes to show that you never know what God has planned through the bad things that happen to us. In God’s economy, He’s always accomplishing something.
“But the believers who were scattered preached the Good News about Jesus wherever they went.” Notice they were all preaching the Good News, not just the leaders or the evangelists. And just what is this Good News about Jesus that they preached? The message of the early church centered around the teaching that Jesus was the Messiah. Jews and Samaritans knew who the Messiah was, they just never expected Him to come in this humble manner, and they completely missed the part about Him suffering and dying for the sins of the world. They wanted a political savior and that’s what they were looking for.
Since then the Good News has taken different forms. Various evangelists have had their own way of conveying the message. We’ve had Billy Graham and Campus Crusade with the four spiritual laws. There is no set way to do this, but we each should have our own way of telling the story. You hardly ever start with nothing. Most people already know something and our job is to find out what they know and fill in the rest. It will probably be different every time we tell it, but here is what I would construct as my version of the Good News starting from scratch. Maybe this will be helpful to you in the creation of your own Good News message.
THE GOOD NEWS
Jesus was born of God into the human family.
He had an earthly mother and a heavenly father.
Because of this, He avoided the sin that has been passed on through the human race since Adam.
And because He had no sin, He could be a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world.
So He died (in our place) — was crucified on trumped up charges by His own people, the Jews — and God counted His death as sufficient justice upon the sins of the world.
So when Jesus rose from the dead, He could offer forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who believe in Him.
And after appearing for a number of days to His followers, He ascended into heaven, leaving His Holy Spirit here to teach us all we need to know, and impart power to us to do His will.
And He is coming back to take us to live with Him forever in eternity.
That sounds like pretty good news to me!