What is ‘The Gospel?’

This morning I opened the latest prayer letter from a Counties evangelist (www.countiesuk.org) and was struck by the photo and comment that she incluLifeguardded…

I recently walked past this sign and God reminded me of the urgency of the Gospel. Many souls are lost and drifting out to sea with no one occupied in watching, warning, rescuing those who are in danger.

 

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2v2

Writing to a church full of problems, and ripping itself apart through factions and party politics (“I follow Paul,” “I follow Apollos,” “I follow Peter”), Paul sought to take them back to the beginning – “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” It is interesting to note that Paul travelled to Corinth from Athens, where his time had been taken in discussing and debating in the Areopagus. Perhaps he determined to take a different approach in Corinth, a return to a simple Gospel, “but we preach Christ crucified.” 1 Corinthians 1v22

At a meeting last year, with leaders of other evangelistic organisations, one leader asked, “What do you mean when you say The Gospel?”

It is appropriate that we, along with local churches, Bible colleges and others, reflect on what it means for us to be truly ‘missional’ in Britain today. We must certainly do the hard work to make sure we share the message in a relevant way. However, the truth is not complicated – people are lost and separated from a Holy God, who loves them so much that he has sent his Son.

Evangelists have a twofold ministry:
1. To make the way of salvation clear and call people to trust in Christ.
2. To equip God’s people to do the work of evangelism (Eph. 4v 11, 12).

May God help us to be clear about the message we preach, and then to share it in all its glorious simplicity.

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