Hey everyone and welcome back to The Faith Filled Friends. It has been busy for us, but its great to have some time to share another devotion with you all. Tonight, I want to talk about the best news ever: The Gospel. It is the Good News of who Jesus is and what He has done. It is so important we know The Gospel and get it right because unfortunately some people choose to change it or not to preach it at all.
2 Timothy 2:8 Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile
The Gospel isn’t just good news, it is incredible news! It is a message of God’s forgiveness, love, mercy and Grace shown through Jesus. Each of us has chosen to reject God and chosen to live our own way. The penalty for sin is death and we rightly deserve to pay it. God sent Jesus, His only Son to pay the punishment of death for us. He became sin for us so that we might gain His perfection. He died on the cross but three days later He was raised to life, defeating death.
How are we to respond to what Jesus has done? There is nothing we can do to earn His amazing grace but trust Him. We must repent from our sin and trust Him as the Lord and Saviour of our lives. He has done all that is necessary for us have access to God, the cross bridged the divide between us and God.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures
That is the Gospel, nothing more and nothing less. As I said in the introduction, there are some who like to change the Gospel. They would have you believe you still need to work for your salvation, despite the bible clearly telling us there is nothing we can do to earn our salvation. None of us are worthy of God’s saving grace, not even one! That’s why salvation is a gift.
Then there is the prosperity Gospel, sometimes known as the health and wealth Gospel. Essentially, it falsely preaches that the Christian life is full of prosperity and that it is full of good things, not bad things. That couldn’t be further from the truth, because anyone who has been a Christian for any length of time can tell you life isn’t always easy. We can be sure that while we’re here on earth, we will go through good and bad. Being a Christian gives us a sure hope for eternity, but our faith doesn’t guarantee us a perfect life. We explored the topic of suffering and hardships during our recent birthday celebrations if you would like to read more.
Because the truth is so easily twisted, it means we have to be absolutely certain of what the Gospel is so we can test those who try to modify the message to suit themselves and their own agendas.
The whole Christian life comes back to the Gospel. We first understand it when we become a Christian, but we must keep coming back to it and remind ourselves of how amazing it is. We will never reach a point in our walk where we don’t need the Gospel. It is the core of all we believe and all we do.
It includes the songs we sing and listen to and the messages that are preached at church. I always remember something my youth pastor told me. He said it is important to listen out for the Gospel in every sermon. It doesn’t matter what topic is preached on, whether it is from the Old Testament or New Testament, the speaker should ALWAYS come back to the Gospel.
When the Gospel is mentioned, it should be spoken with boldness and clarity. It is no good brushing over it and giving bits and pieces of the message.
When the Gospel is spoken it should be done with Romans 1:16 in mind. There should be no shame in someone speaking the Gospel, because it is a message all who Jesus is and what He has done. If He is the Lord and Saviour of your life, why would you have any reason to be ashamed of the Gospel?
We shouldn’t be ashamed of the Gospel because it the power of God. The message is so powerful because it is from God, the same message we have the privilege to proclaim.
It makes me upset and somewhat angry when I hear a sermon and I don’t hear the Gospel, or I don’t hear it proclaimed clearly. Like I said previously, there is NO reason to be ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God that brings salvation to all who believe.
I say this in light of an event I attended a couple of weeks ago where I struggled to hear the Gospel, if at all and it was sad. I left the event feeling upset and disappointed that the speaker tried to preach a message without mentioning the Gospel clearly. People came forward at the end of the talk, but as a friend of mine wisely said; “how can they respond if they don’t know the Gospel”? She was right, people can’t be saved from their sin if they don’t know how they are saved. If people respond to the message and think they have try to clean up their act on their own, they are being led astray, rather than understanding that it is Jesus and Jesus alone who can forgive and save us through faith in Him.
I want to urge us all to know the Gospel and remind ourselves of it. We can never hear it too often because it is what our whole faith is based upon.
Check whether your Pastors are preaching the Gospel correctly and clearly, because the Gospel is not something which should be changed or watered down.
Begin each day reminding yourself of the Gospel and that fact you are saved by God’s grace through trusting in Jesus’ work on the cross.
Finally, I want to end tonight’s devotion with the bridge from ‘I still Believe’, a song from Building 429’s new album. The first time I heard this verse, I loved it because I heard the Gospel accurately and clearly and it was a great to be reminded of what is true.
Open your eyes
We believe in one Lord
Jesus Christ, the only Son of God
True God from True God, Light from Light
For our sake, He was crucified and buried
But on the third day, He rose again
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