Friday, October 12, 2012

6 reasons to embrace the gospel

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 Greek. Romans 1:16

When Paul wrote these words early Christians had every reason to feel fear. Many in the Roman Empire considered Followers of the Way (Acts 11:26) a strange sect; a minority group in a majority pagan Roman culture with no rights, respect or legal standing. Early Christians were societal outcasts.

Why would anyone associate with this gospel message that to one sector of society was deemed foolishness and offensive to the Jews? Wouldn't it be safer to down play the gospel and present an inclusive message that offends no one?

Sure, that is an option, but anything less than 100% gospel is a cheap substitute that makes us appealing to the world but offensive to God. The options are slim: either glorify God or please the world!

Here are 6 reasons to fully embrace the gospel and not tamper with or change it:

1. The gospel is the good news about Christ. He is its author, subject and focus. To distort the gospel is to invite a curse on our lives (Galatians 1: 6-9).

2. The gospel diagnoses the heart of the human problem: All have sinned and fallen short of God's glory (Romans 3:23).

3. The gospel outlines the verdict: guilty-- the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).

4. The gospel presents the solution: the gift of God is eternal life (Romans 6:23)

5. The gospel accepts only one response: repentance
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

6. The gospel is God's only means of delivering a sinner from death: it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.

Charles Wesley:
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of your name.