BICR About the Gospel

The Problem

Think about a time when you’re at work or some other place you frequent with non-Christians.  They know you’re a Christian and you get into a discussion about religion.  It feels really good to be thought of and accepted as a Christian.  You feel like you can fit in without hiding your faith. Then, you’re asked, “What’s this Gospel I always hear Christians’ talking about? I always hear, Gospel this, Gospel that and was wondering.”  You freeze and think for a moment!  Maybe you think of John 3:16 and what you’re actually going to say, but you still aren’t sure.

Hopefully, this hasn’t happened to you and you can share the Gospel fairly easily.  However, from what I’ve read, heard and experienced first hand many Christians aren’t sure how to begin when sharing the Gospel.  I’ve seen Sunday School classes sit silent then asked, “What is the Gospel?”  A pastor friend of mine had some interesting answers from his congregation when he asked them to write down the answer to this question.  Don’t feel like you’re alone if you fit this description. I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point.  This doesn’t excuse us, but does tell us we have some work to do.

A Solution

So what do we do about this?  I got an idea from reading Mark Dever’s book The Gospel and Personal Evangelism.  Dever’s approach when presenting the Gospel is basically to follow the pattern of God, man, Christ, response.  I like that pattern and understand the thought process.  Not long ago I had to give a short presentation and decided on the topic of presenting the Gospel.  I decided to use Dever’ formula as a starting point.  After thinking it through I came up with the acronym BICR.  Beginning, Image, Christ, Response.  I thought this would be an easy way to remember the Gospel in situations where nervousness sets in.  You could even verbalize a comment like, “People tend to BICR (bicker) about the Gospel so let me explain it to you.”  I’ve shared this idea with several folks and they liked it.  I thought I’d share BICR here in case others may find it helpful.

Beginning – In the beginning was the one and only God who is the holy and perfect, creator of the universe.

Image – God made us in His image to love, know and obey Him.  We sin by disobeying and turning away from God. In simple terms, we break the law of God in our hearts, minds and, even physically, making ourselves enemies with God.  This condemns us to death and eternal punishment.

Christ -But in love, Jesus Christ, who is God the Son, came to us as a man, lived a sinless life keeping God’s law perfectly.  He died on the cross for sinners like you and me taking the punishment for sin of all who will turn to and trust in Him.  He rose from death on the third day defeating death itself.

Response – We as sinners are to have sorrow over our sins and turn away from them.  And turn to Jesus Christ in faith that He took the punishment for our sins on the cross.  Only then can we have forgiveness and a right relationship with God.  By the grace of God we are born-again into a new life, an eternal life with God.  We are to love God with all of our heart, mind and soul living by His commands.

Final Thoughts

Don’t stop here!  Take the acronym, if you find it helpful, and re-word what I’ve written if that suits you better.  Do this while staying biblical, of course.  Pray about the Gospel, that you would understand it and present it clearly.  Preach yourself the Gospel.  Meditate on it and it’s implications.  Fall asleep thinking about the Gospel and its presentation.   And then pray some more.

For the Kingdom,


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1 Nathan W. Bingham October 15, 2008 at 12:32 am

Hi. I followed you here from Steve Camp’s blog.

These four steps are helpful for a short and simple presentation. I appreciate how you began with God, and ascribed to Him the attribute of holiness. The gospel heard today is often distorted because it begins with us, or with our inherent ‘worth’, or even if with God, with an incomplete view of His person.

I’m presently exploring this topic on my blog (, and I have addressed many issues including the misuse of God’s Love and the distortion of Hell in many gospel presentations today.

Anyway, I’ve subscribed to your blog so you might see me around here more often.

2 johnMark October 15, 2008 at 7:38 am


Campi is a good friend. Thanks for stopping by. I will link you.


3 Carla Rolfe October 19, 2008 at 3:29 pm


I’ve been thinking about this (and meaning to come read this post) all week, and I’m so glad I finally remembered to do that. As a homeschool mom living in the middle of nowhere, I don’t have a lot of opportunity to share the gospel face to face with many people – but I do have some opportunity, so this post was very very helpful and encouraging to me.

Thank you brother!
(and please tell your dear wife hi, and that I’m praying for her daily)


4 johnMark October 20, 2008 at 4:36 pm


I appreciate the encouragement! It’s nice to know that the blog isn’t just for my own (in)sanity. 🙂 I’m happy to know there is some utility to what I write at times.

I relayed the message to my wife, thank you!



5 Paul October 5, 2010 at 12:05 am

This is really interesting. I have similar content on my blog.


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