What is the Gospel?
UPDATE: I apologize for the format of this one the site editor kind of messed it up.
Interesting topic right? Well one night it just came to me, I realized at youth one night that we are always being told to SHARE the gospel. Which is 100% without a doubt the most important thing we can do. The Great Commission, well it struck me that as we are always being told to share the gospel it has rarely been preached to the congregation at Church. I find it so interesting, that something so fundamental to our faith is not being preached more in the modern day church. Now I’m not bashing the Church or anything, however I cannot let this continue to go unnoticed and I felt led to say something about it and then to preach the Gospel. In todays Church almost every sermon you hear , you get bits and pieces of the Gospel and we slowly begin to piece them together over time until we get a decent picture of what it looks like. When we do this however we are never able to actually put together a full picture if we don’t look into the Bible for what god says the Gospel actually is.
This sermon is geared towards two groups of people.
- Non Christians seeking out the Gospel, it will be presented to you as you continue to read.
- Current Christians who have never heard the entire Gospel preached out, probably a shocking number of you. I am not trying to re save you, as you are already Christians. However read carefully and study, because we need to be sharing the Gospel with everyone. So its just as if not more important that you listen up and take heed.
The gospel is the message that Jesus died in our place for our sins as a substitutionary atonement. He was buried and he rose from the dead, proving that he was the Son of God himself. In the most famous verse of Scripture Jesus said that whoever believes in him has eternal life.
Yes, it’s that simple! It’s so simple that a child can understand it and so jaw-droppingly deep that a Seminary professor can choke on
The best preachers throughout the ages have been equally obsessed by the gospel. From Martin Luther to Martin Lloyd Jones to George Whitefield to Billy Graham the message of the cross was the engine that drove each of their sermons to believers and unbelievers alike. Charles Spurgeon was once asked, “What is your style of preaching?” His answer was simple and straightforward, “I take my text and make a beeline for the cross.”
Our sins separate us from God.
Sins cannot be removed by good deeds.
Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again.
Everyone who trusts in him alone has eternal life.
Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever.
It’s clear that many Americans — including Christians don’t know their Bible. Just look at the numbers from a recent study:
- More than 60 percent of Americans can’t name either half of the Ten Commandments or the four Gospels of the New Testament.
- Some 80 percent including “born again” Christians believe that “God helps those who help themselves” is a direct quote from the Bible.
- And 31 percent believe a good person can earn his/her way into heaven.
And even though the Bible is very clear about the sinless nature of Christ, 22 percent believe that Jesus sinned while he was on the earth.
The big piece to that equation is that, that statistic INCLUDED CHRISTIANS!!!!!!!!!! What are we doing??? We need to be equipping Christians to share the Gospel to the Americans who cannot name the 10 commandments. How can we possibly get the gospel out if we cannot even get the word out to people who claim to know Christ. Keep in mind this statistic was taken by secular people and Christians, these Christians that were interviewed attend church on a regular basis. So what does that say about the people who do know the Gospel?? We need to be sharing it now more than ever!
So I challenge you tonight to pray, and ask God to help prepare you! Ask for opportunities to share and ask God to help you seek out the opportunities. You see they are not just going to come up to our doorstep. We have to actively seek out the chances to share the gospel and then ACUALLY SHARE IT!
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