What is the Gospel?
This week we are going to be looking into the very basics of what the Gospel is. Talking to friends about God and about Jesus can be a very daunting prospect, what I want to show here is a very basic way to remember and speak about the Gospel, what it is about, how the bible backs up its claims and the simple but powerful meaning of what the Gospel is saying.
Something I have learn’t which has been very helpful for me is a process called 2 ways to live. This is not the only way to show the Gospel or the formula you must use. It can just be a helpful way to speak about the Gospel.
One way to divide the Gospel up is into 6 different sections that are key to the Gospel, as I said, this is just one way to divide the Gospel up and you might want to thinking of other ways to think through the Gospel.
- Your choice
These six area are vitally important to explaining the Gospel and the power it has though God. Each area is a large part of the story of God and humanity and ultimately shows how we all have a choice about how the Gospel affects us.
To help formulate this way of looking at the Gospel, each section will have a few points about each part of the Gospel and a bible verse to show we are not just making this up and that the bible is key backing up all we say.
God created the world and everything in it. He is a loving ruler. He also created us to rule over the world but at all times ruling under his authority.
Revelation 4 v 11 – “You are worthy to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being”
We have rejected God rule and are trying to run our own lives in our own way with him. We can’t rule ourselves successfully and we see the affect in our own lives, society and world.
Romans 3 v 10-12 – “There is no-righteous, not even one; there is no-one who seeks God. All have turned away… there is no-one good, not even one.”
God is a God of justice and therefore he will not let us rebel forever. Gods punishment for rebellion is death and judgement.
Hebrews 9 v 27 – “… people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgement.”
Because of his love, God sent his son into the world, Jesus Christ. Jesus was a sinless man always living under God’s rule and authority. Yet he died in our place, he took the punishment of sin for us. Giving us a chance of forgiveness.
1 Peter 3 v 18 – “For Christ suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God”
God raised Jesus to life. Jesus has conquered death and sin, offering us new life and he will return again to judge sinful people.
1 Peter 1 v 3 – “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new life into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ form the dead”
This offers a choice in ways to live:
Our Way – Reject the ruler, God, and try to run our lives our own way. Result: Condemnation by God and judgement will follow resulting in death.
God’s Way – Submit to Jesus as our ruler and rely on Jesus’ death and resurrection. Result: Forgiven by God and given eternal life.
John 3 v 36 – “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.”
This is just a basis to start simply showing the Gospel, adding pictures, putting these sections in your own words and finding other verses is a great way to get to know the Gospel even better and therefore giving you the best chance of telling the Gospel to others.
This view of what is the Gospel can be massively helpful, firstly for ourselves to help order and remember the simple and clear Gospel that has transformed our lives and the Gospel that we want other to be transformed by. As well as ourselves it is helpful so that we can speak clearly of the Gospel to others. Having scripture remembered and the Gospel message ready to tell others is vital for sharing God with others.
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This post was written by Pete Oram, an intern at Gold Hill and one of the leaders in our youth ministry.
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