All tagged What is the gospel?
“Well, I have good news, and I have bad news. Which would you like to hear first?” Have you ever been on the receiving end of that question? I have. It’s not my favorite place to be. My mind is racing with all the possibilities that could be coming. What I’m hoping is that the good news is going to help me with the devastation caused by the bad news. That the best of the good news will be greater than the worst of the bad news. That’s not always how it goes, but it is fully true about good news from the Bible. The good news of what Jesus has done and what we gain in our response of faith is exceedingly superior to the bad news of what we've done.
I remember the first time someone expressed the gospel succinctly and clearly to me. It felt like classified information that I had been working to uncover had just been uttered, out in the open, on a normal day, in a casual conversation on my college campus. “Did this really just happen?” I thought. My life, the Bible, and my mission made sense. I had to understand the truth about God and the truth about my sin to grasp the fullness of the message.
If you read Christian blogs and books, you’ve probably heard the word “gospel” a lot. Gospel people, gospel-centered, gospel-proclaiming. And Verity Fellowship is no different. We use the term constantly, but it's not just a buzz word. It has a concrete meaning. We must understand exactly what the gospel is to be able to ground ourselves in its message. Grasping the gospel is crucial. This is the first postin our series on "What is the gospel."