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What is The Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Have you asked this,

Gospel of Jesus Christ
Gospel of Jesus Christ

“What IS the Gospel of Jesus Christ, exactly?”  And if you did, what did you answer? The short answer is that “Gospel” is a short form of “Good News” (The word gospel derives from the Old English gōd-spell , meaning “good news” or “glad tidings”); and the good news referred to is the news that Jesus Christ died for our sins, that our sins are forgiven, and therefore we are in line for eternal life. That is really good news!

  • Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and John.

In the wider sense, The “Gospel” can be the first four books of the New Testamant [Matthew, Mark, and Luke, and John], of the Bible, wherein the life, revelations, and teachings of Jesus Christ are proclaimed. These four books are often referred to as the “Gospels”. Most of the rest of the New Testament is books of “Epistles” (meaning letters), written to various congregations and persons in the first churches.

  • The Gospel of Salvation

If you want to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, [The Gospel of Salvation], therefore, you must proclaim the basic facts of salvation, and as many expanded parts of “the Jesus story” as are relevant to your subject. Failure to include the fundamentals is laying yourself open to error. Whenever we preach we ought to remember this and, if possible, reinforce the message of salvation.  The fundamentqal scripture for this is John 3:16-17 (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”).  A more detailed scripture refereence to the whole process of salvation can be found in Romans 10:9-13. 9 If you confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved.10 For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved.11 The scripture says, Whoever believes in him will not be disappointed.12 This includes everyone, because there is no difference between Jews and Gentiles; God is the same Lord of all and richly blesses all who call to him.13 As the scripture says, Everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved.

  • The Gospel of Jesus Christ

The “Gospel”, therefore, is the wonderful news that we do not have to make sacrifices for our sins to be forgiven, that we do have eternal life, and that we can be living right now in the kingdom of heaven – here on earth. God loves you –  in proof of which, He sent his only son, Jesus Christ, to come to earth to bring us this wonderful gospel of love, and then to die on the cross that all our sins might be forgiven.

 

Why do Christians Choose to Believe in Jesus

Why do Christians CHOOSE to believe one ancient myth as truth vs. another as fiction; Why do you choose to believe the Jesus story and NOT the Mithras, Horus, et al. stories?  This question, asked this week, is based on a false premise.  Christians do not “Choose” to believe Jesus over Mithras, et al; what they actually do is “Choose” to place their trust in Jesus, because He offers forgiveness of sins, everlasting life, and freedom from want.  It is not a ‘selective’ choice, it is decision to commit [to Jesus].

  • Objectivity Vs Subjectivity

You can’t objectively defend your decision to follow Jesus, by logic, because it is an emotional decision.  You are seeking to partake in the love of God and Jesus our Saviour, and this is almost always in response to some deep felt spiritual need.  It is certainly not a coldly logical  decision.  You do this because you want to, not because you logically thought it out and decided Jesus is more credible than some other prophet. See here for another explanation of this.

  • Love, Not Logic
Love, Not Logic
Love, Not Logic

My grand-daughter is addicted to pit bull terriers.  For me they are hateful animals, because I was personally involved with a shocking experience with three young pit bull dogs that went feral and had to be shot to stop them killing others.  To Sophie, they appear to be a beautiful dog, and I pray she never, ever has occasion to defend my great-grandson from it’s fearsome jaws.  I have lots of “logical” and “objective” reasons why she should never expose my great-grand-son to her pit bull pup, but it would be a total waste of breath for me to offer her those opinions, because her attraction to pit bulls is emotional, rather than logical.  I found years ago that you can’t argue reason against emotion because we use love, not logic!.

  • Full-scale Commitment

What we  are discussing here is full-scale Christian committment; not just “going to church;” but total commitment to the Lord Jesus.  It’s like going out with someone is not the same as marriage; because marriage too demands total commitment.  When you are married, it is ” for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, and ’til death do us part” – ie, total commitment. This is the same level of commitment as when you give your heart to God!

  • It’s a Love Affair, Not Reason, or Logic

Just as my wife loves me for myself, and not for logical reasons, so we love Jesus and we don’t have to justify that with logic.  For Christians it is a fact, and we are entirely happy to live within the framework of His love, secure in the knowledge that He will take care of us, and bring us eventually to eternal life. Thank you, oh Lord, for your amazing, unconditional love for us.

 

 

Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Preaching the Gospel
Preaching the Gospel

If you are going to preach anything in this world, this has to be your number one topic: Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We have no other valid message if we don’t preach this Gospel. The good news of Jesus’  life and resurection is the fundamental tenet that we hang all our teaching on.  It is the root of our testimony; the whole basis of all Christian outreach; and the essential ingredient in How to Preach.

  • Gospel = Good News

By definition the word Gospel denotes “the good news”, and of course the Good News is that Christ died to save us and is sitting at the right hand of God today.  The Good News is too that we need only to confess Him as our Lord and Saviour, repent and be baptized to have our sins forgiven; to have eternal life; and to live with Him in all eternity.

  • Preaching to Ourselves

It’s a funny thing, but we can’t preach without Preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ TO OURSELVES! Whenever we ponder the Word; whenever we pray for wisdom and guidance to preach; whenever we contemplate spiritually; we are teaching and blessing ourselves as well. It has been said that whenever we preach we are preaching to ourselves as much as to others.  This is true for me, I know, because whenever I prepare to preach, I enlarge my own understanding. Any revelation granted to me to share also remains within me.

  • Preaching Spiritual Revelation

I believe in preaching spiritual revelation. I do not believe in studying up some subject and sermonizing  a whole lot of  other people’s opinion about it.  To share spiritual revelation, you must first get it, and the only way I know to do this is to take your Bible into your ‘quiet place’ and start in praying and reading and allowing yourself to be ministered to by the Holy Spirit of God.  The truths you discover in this context will be inspired revelation, and will effectively be “God speaking to His people”; when you stand up to share on Sunday morning.

  • Throw Away Your Concordance!

You do not need a concordance, you do not need a book of scriptural reference; you do not need to look up a whole lot of stuff on the internet; and you certainly DO NOT need any theological books written by other people.  God is never boring, and He would never insult His children by offering them second-hand goods; what He will do is inspire you to share your convictions, your testimony, and your own intimate knowledge of His Kingdom – IF YOU LET HIM!  His offer to ‘provide all you need’ includes whatever anecdote or experience you will need.  Any preacher who starts off like this: “A funny thing happened to me this week…..” will be sharing right out of their own Christian walk.  It will be real! If God has called upon you to preach this Sunday, He will always have ALREADY PROVIDED you with what ever you need to make your points! You will be obedient, and you will be preaching the Gospels.

  • The Gospel is All You Need

If your circumstance requires you to preach from lectionary readings, and for instance, you are required to be preaching  the Gospel of John; then the only resource material you will need is that very same Gospel of John.  Likewise if you are needed to be preaching the Gospel at Christmas; then again, the only resource materials you will need are those very Gospel advent stories.