For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes – Romans 1:16.
1. God’s power to save people is found in the gospel.
2. In our desire to see our friends believe in Jesus and find salvation, unashamedly tell them the gospel.
I’d imagine that most people reading this post would agree with these statements. The challenge then is to understand how to share the gospel.
I’ve spent my entire Christian life trying my best to understand the gospel and the more I study it the more I am in awe of its simplicity and its mystery. I went to seminary, received an MDiv and wrote on the gospel anytime an assignment could be turned in that direction. I went to Scotland and wrote an MLitt dissertation on how the gospel was communicated in the early church. I am currently writing a PhD thesis on how evangelicalism understands key components of the gospel. I’ve done my homework and still have lots to do, but any simple search online will tell you that the gospel is the “good news” based on the meaning of the original word. Good news. Another foundational understanding is that the gospel includes God’s response to our sin in the birth, life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus (I can back that up if anyone needs that info).
1. The power of salvation is found in the gospel.
2. The gospel is good news.
3. The gospel is primarily believing in the full life of Jesus to save us from our sin.