Whose language do we speak we preach the gospel?
I Corinthians 1:17 "For Christ [sent me] to preach the gospel--not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power."
Bare stage, neutral costumes, newspaper, new testament
Two evangelists accost an unsuspecting by-stander, and they
deliver a salvation message to him, but too much jargon
makes it impossible for the message to take root.
(As first performed by the Paul Sulivan Trilogy on September 5th, 1982, at Aloha Community Baptist Church.)
MAN Phil Yarnell
EVANGELIST #1 David Ian
EVANGELIST #2 Rick Francis
(MAN is standing CS with newspaper in hand, reading it. EVANGELIST #1 and EVANGELIST #2 approach him, standing behind him. EVANGELIST #1 exchanges some signals with EVANGELIST #2 behind MAN's back, then steps forward and addresses MAN)
EVANGELIST #1: Friend! Has anyone ever shared the Good News with you?
MAN: (looks over his newspaper) No, I don't think I've read it yet.
EVANGELIST #2: Friend! You need to be saved!
MAN: Saved? Why?
EVANGELIST #1: Because you've been born into sin.
MAN: No, I was born in Cincinati.
EVANGELIST #2: Yes, you've been born into sin, but you can be born AGAIN!
MAN: What does that mean?
EVANGELIST #1: And for that reason, Jesus died for you.
MAN: Who is "Jesus"?
EVANGELIST #2: He is the promised Messiah, come for your salvation.
MAN: Excuse me?
EVANGELIST #1: Through Him, God can give you everlasting life.
MAN: How? You mean I'll live forever? Huh! Think of the investment possibilities...
EVANGELIST #2: Through the blood of Christ, you can be redeemed.
MAN: Who is this "Christ"? I thought we were talking about Jes..."Jess" someone--
EVANGELIST #1: Jesus! That's right. Jesus Christ.
MAN: I see, "Jesus Christ". Is that Irish?
EVANGELIST #2: You don't understand; Jesus IS the Christ. He died for your sins.
MAN: Now what is "sins"?
EVANGELIST #1: Don't worry, we're all sinners.
EVANGELIST #2: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God."
MAN: I still don't understand.
EVANGELIST #2: That's all right, brother, the wisdom of God confounds the wisdom of man.
MAN: You can say that again.
EVANGELIST #1: It's very simple. When the Lamb was crucified on the tree, our sins were crucified with Him, and He became our Savior.
MAN: (looking back and forth to EVANGELIST #1 and EVANGELIST #2) Lamb? Crucified? What tree?
EVANGELIST #2: But if you repent and ask Jesus into your heart, you will be saved.
MAN: Saved? Saved from what?
EVANGELIST #1: Eternal damnation.
EVANGELIST #2: Being thrown into a lake of fire and burning sulfer.
MAN: Well, I certainly don't want to do that!
EVANGELIST #1: Praise the Lord!
EVANGELIST #2: Hallelujah!
MAN: (turns to EVANGELIST #2) Gesunteit!
EVANGELIST #1: Here's a New Testament--
MAN: A new what?
EVANGELIST #2: --Read it through, and when you're sure you want to repent--
EVANGELIST #1: --Say the sinner's prayer in the back and let God's Holy Spirit work within you.
MAN: What does this "spirit" have to do with Jess the Christ?
EVANGELIST #1: Why, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, are all one!
MAN: Now I'm really confused!
EVANGELIST #2: Just be sure you read your Bible and it will be revealed unto you.
EVANGELIST #1: Good-bye, and God bless you.
EVANGELIST #2: Maranatha!
(EVANGELIST #1 & EVANGELIST #2 exit, talking excitedly to each other, patting each other on the back, etc.)
MAN: Yeah, 'bye. (calls out to EVANGELIST #2) Take care of that cold! (MAN opens Bible and reads the beginning)
"The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his bretheren; and Judas begat Perez and Zerah of Tamar..."
(MAN reads silently to himself for a little while, then throws the book over his shoulder and walks off, reading his newspaper again while shaking his head)