Annually, the IMB gathers statistics and data from missionaries around the globe. The proper departments in Richmond count and collate and conjugate and calibrate and masticate and all other sorts of other excitingly geeky verbs. They analyze the information and produce reports that allow trustees and SBC churches to know and understand what their missionaries have been doing between coffee breaks.
One subsection relates to the following question: How many individuals received a gospel presentation?
Simple enough, eh?
Define for me, if you will, “a gospel presentation.”
When people (and select SBC animals) out there read the reports and stats, what do you think they envision when they see the phrase “…a gospel presenation”? What do you think are the rock-bottom, most basic elements of a gospel presentation; elements that, if missing, cause the presentation to be not good enough to achieve gospel-presentation status?
If I tell someone about sin, death, eternity, Christ, blood, the cross, and resurrection, is that enough? Do I have to include baptism? The trinity? Heaven and Arminianism? Hell and Calvinism? End of the world? The Devil? Adam and Eve? The symbolism of Christ’s sacrifice in the prophecies of Isaiah?