What is the Gospel Anyway?

Between EXIT Tour (see February blog posts) and INSPIRE conference (I’ll write more soon) our team and network of churches/youth groups have been discussing A LOT about sharing the Gospel.

blogTheGospelBraceletThe Gospel, ie. evangelia, is the good news that God the Son was sent to Earth by God the Father. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross, rose from the dead, an has power over death and sin and evil. He came for you because He loves you and has an incredible plan for your life and eternity. Trusting Him and asking Him to be Lord of your life is the only way to mend your broken relationship with the Almighty, perfect God and Creator. When you make this decision, God the Holy Spirit enters the believer’s life and helps you to live for Jesus. And just as He came 2,000+ years ago, Jesus will come again to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will be again perfect and endless. Christians await this reconciliation, renewal and redemption with joy and an unquenchable hope that helps them endure life, love others, and share this hope with everyone who will listen. Those who do not make Christ Lord and King of their lives will spend a different eternity, which is eternal separation from our Good and Beautiful God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the non-Jew.”

But did you ever think about the fact that every Christian has his or her story to share, connected to God’s story? Sometimes when people are turned off by religion, they are not interested in hearing about “your God”. But they will be more often interested in your personal story. Always connect your story back to God’s story.

May God radically prepare hearts to accept Him as we radically obey Him by sharing our own stories with those who are not yet following Jesus. There is no greater life than in Christ. If we truly believe this, then we will share. If the love of Christ is in us, then we will share.

Acts 4:18-20 “So the [religious leaders and teachers of the law] called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”

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