Bible answers to Your Questions by our Minister
It is so important that when we present the gospel, we have a clear understanding of the Godhead.
God the Father
Starting at the beginning, the gospel of Christ was revealed in Genesis 3:15 when man committed the first sin. It is God's will that we obey God. When
mankind disobeys God, he will justly receive the punishment due. The gospel or good news is that God has designed a way out for our sins.
God the Son
God the Son
In Jesus Christ, we see the love of God the Father who sent His Son to die in our place so that we may be redeemed from our sin. Jesus lived a sinless
life, satisfying the demands of the law and willingly laid down His life to purchase us from the penalty of sin. The cross signifies His sacrifice and His resurrection assures us of the hope of His promise.
The Holy Spirit
The book of Acts begins with the coming of the Holy Spirit and ends with the words of the Holy Spirit (Acts 28:25). In between these chapters we see the good news preached to the Jews first, and then to the gentiles.
On the day of Pentecost after Christ's crucifixion, Peter is chosen by God to present the first gospel message. His hearers are convicted and three thousand are obedient to his plea to 'repent and be baptized'. As the gospel is preached, churches are established, elders appointed and lives transformed.
The gospel, in brief, is the good news. It is God's purpose to save fallen men that they may repent of their ways which will condemn them for all eternity. By God's grace through faith in Jesus we find full and complete remission of all sins. As we turn from our former ways to walk with Christ in the light, we conform to His image and maintain a living relationship with Him until we
return to be with Him forever.
So the proper proclamation and response to the gospel must include:
1. An understanding of the message (e.g. conversion of the Eunuch - Acts 8:26-39)
2. A change of heart (e.g. conversion of 3,000 - Acts 2:14-41)
3. A life of service to Christ and His church (e.g. conversion of Lydia - Acts 16:13-15).
God is the judge of all things, including a person's response to the gospel and his eternal salvation. As Christians, it is so important that we teach the
gospel in its totality, ensure that our hearers understand the message, and disciple them to mature faith.
This will definitely take more effort and work, yet we are assured that "He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him" (Psalms 126:6).
Hebrews 2:10 puts it this way, "For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings."
However, if we fail to go the distance, Jesus warns us that we may be doing more harm than good. "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than ourselves" (Matthew 23:15).