If You Don’t Share The Gospel
With Your Friends And Neighbors
God Will Find Someone Else Who Will
To start, a definition. A very short one because the Gospel is not complicated.
The word Gospel means Good News. That’s common knowledge so we need to extend the def a little and explain exactly what the news is.
Simply stated, the Good News is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for the sins of the world. That’s it! And we in the New Testament era – the last two thousand years – are the recipients.
To be clear, the Gospel did exist before the New Testament. The plan was formulated in eternity but it was definitively revealed only in the New Testament. It was alluded to and anticipated in the Old Testament but only clarified in the Person of Jesus.
Old Testament folks became believers by believing in the anticipated Messiah and if they were paying attention they could have pieced together details of the Messiah’s sacrifice but the information wasn’t as neatly revealed in the Old Testament as it was in the Person of Jesus.
The point, of course, is that the Gospel is brief but don’t let that brevity fool you. The meaning and intensity of the message are greater than the brevity would indicate.
The Gospel Is Power
The Gospel isn’t just powerful.
It IS power.
To say the Gospel is powerful makes it a comparative issue. The Gospel is more or less powerful than other forms of power but that is not how we understand the Gospel’s power. There are no man-made or natural forces that can measure up.
Gospel power compares only to the power of creation. Believers are even referred to as new CREATIONS!
The Gospel transforms lives completely and forever. Education can transform life to some degree but its effect isn’t very durable. It requires updates to remain relevant.
Food can empower a life physically but only if there’s a constant supply.
One application of the Gospel lasts forever. It’s not like sunscreen. It won’t wear off. [Read more…] about 7 Truths About The Gospel