Tuesday, October 15, 2013

But What Is The Gospel?

It's the power of God to save anyone living on this planet. Here's the Gospel in a nutshell"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:16-17

He didn't just sit there and merely wish you would eventually think about it and come with repentance and faith. He did something. He acted selflessly and generously, without any finger pointing.

You know how His arms were lovingly opened wide for anyone who would come. Jesus died like that on a cross for you and me, one that He didn't even deserve.

God the Father gave His best, very very very best, His own sinless Son ..cuz He cared so much about you. He cared about how you'd think and live. He cared about where you'd end up for eternity. He wants you with Him safe forever. But He was and is thinkin' about your friends and family members as well.

"Never lose heart in the power of the Gospel. Do not believe that there exists any man, much less any race of men, for whom the gospel is not fitted." ~ C.H. Spurgeon

"Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.." ~ Paul, 1 Cor. 15:1-4 nkjv

"Avoid a sugared gospel as you would shun sugar of lead. Seek the gospel which rips up and tears and cuts and wounds and hacks and even kills, for that is the gospel that makes alive again. And when you have found it, give good heed to it. Let it enter into your inmost being. As the rain soaks into the ground, so pray the Lord to let his gospel soak into your soul." ~ C.H. Spurgeon

One of the greatest weakness of the church and of so called ministers today is that so many of us don't really believe that God invests His power in the Gospel. So many choose another message to preach or teach and sadly have another Jesus to present. But God still does put His power in the simple Gospel and we need to trust what He has said and obey Him with it. Yup, He told us where the power is, but when was the last time you heard a straightforward Bible Message about the cross of Christ and His Gospel? It seems like everyone calling themselves a Christian these days is often out running around looking for "power" in a program, in a word-faith confession, in a special hanky that they paid for, in a person who is skilled to speak (Tja a mere mortal), in a new methodology, in a trendy TV technique, back-breath or twitchy-jerk, or in churchy kinda buzz words, or in anything relic or religious lookin' that can attract people somehow, or in everything else that is from so called higher learning that's secular and appeals no matter what it is, except in that in which God says He has placed His power—His Gospel. Let's face it, He alone has authentic power to forgive, to restore, to heal inside or outside. And to change lives for all eternity - that power is focused on Jesus Christ in the Gospel as is clearly shown to us in the Bible.

Preach the Word boldly for decisions and then let God convict, save, and sanctify. The Apostle Paul said, "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16 kjv). 

Yeah, I say it's time we seek again to really know the God of the Gospel, that we live the Gospel where we go or stay, and that we with gentleness and respect preach the Gospel in a non-preachy (non-pushy) sort of way.  facebook.com/shareJesus 
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