Keeping It Real: The Gospel

Some thoughts: The Gospel

Reading Paul’s word to the Church in Corinth, he speaks of the Gospel: “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures . . .” 1 Corinthians 15:1–4
What is the Gospel? The word gospel simply means “good news.” The central message of the Bible is the gospel, or good news, about the person and work of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15:1–4, Paul provides the most succinct summary of the gospel: the man Jesus, or Christ, is also God and died on a cross in our place, paying the penalty for our sins. Three days later He rose to conquer sin and death and give the gift of salvation to all who believe in Him alone for eternal life.
As Disciples of Christ, the Gospel is @ the heart of who we are, we are saved by grace as an act of faith in Jesus and we want others to know about this Good News. The Gospel speaks of life instead of death. Freedom instead of bondage. Eternity with Jesus. Sons and daughters. Family. The Gospel truly is good news to a broken and lost world.

Keeping it practical

  1. Reflect on the day or season you “accepted” the Good News of Jesus: how did it change your life? What did others see different in you?
  2. In your own words, how would you share this experience with family and friends? Write it down. This is your “testimony”.
  3. Do you think your family and friends would benefit from hearing and accepting this Good News? And why?
  4. Go over the central aspects of The Gospel and thank Jesus for what He has done for you as Saviour and Lord.

On a personal note, we will be away on annual leave from Monday 22 Sep to Tue 7 Oct. If there are any urgent pastoral matters during this time, please contact your life group leader or Mike & Louise Beaton.

Paul Zanardo