"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, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me." 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
The Gospel is God’s in-breaking into human culture in order to redeem it for His purposes and His glory, through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, resulting in the expression of the supremacy of God and the joy of all peoples throughout the whole world.
The Story The gospel is God's story from Genesis to Revelation. It is His meta-narrative (Large story attempting to answer life's bigger questions), reminding us that we were created by God for His glory and our enjoyment. The gospel is not our own testimonies, which are a result of the gospel's transforming work in the individuals life.
In spite of the fact that God provided for all of our needs at creation, we felt it was our right and need to become like Him, and to tell our own stories for our own fame, so we rejected the truth and created our own versions of the truth, and worshiped the creation instead of the creator! To this day we are still substituting our stories and our ways while rejecting His story and His way.
Because of that initial rebellion and every human's subsequent rebellion toward a holy God, God rightfully demanded justice for this cosmic rebellion, and therefore we are in need of being saved from His righteous justice. In spite of God's righteous anger, by grace, He immediately promised redemption through the seed of a woman. Even though redemption was promised, man once again rejected salvation at the hand of God, and have developed many idols and religious systems to assuage the guilt of sin and to once again bring fame to his own name. Man's nature and deepest desire is to be his/her own god and savior, and are blinded to the truth of God's story..
In spite of mankind's attempt at religion and other means to appease themselves, humanity is a broken wreck in need of a solution to its incessant wars, prejudice, hatred, greed and arrogance. We continually tell ourselves that the next generation will be better, but other than advances in comfort there are limited advances in mitigating hatred, depression, arrogance, greed and hopelessness, etc.
Man's desire for power and pleasure, as well as moralistic self righteousness will never take away our sin, shame and God's righteous judgment on our head. In spite of our continued rebellion toward God, manifested as religious or anti-religious, the seed of a woman was born 2000 years ago. Emmanuel ("God with Us") came to earth for the purpose to "Seek and save the lost."
Christ came for one purpose; not to show us the way, as many religious leaders had done before, but to be the way, as the perfect sacrifice to demonstrate God's righteous justice, because beforehand in His mercy and grace, he allowed men and women who died into His presence, without the payment of justice for their part in the brokenness of humanity, since all men everywhere have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Christ, however paid the penalty for all sin, and gave us His righteousness, so that God would be justified, and we could be saved to restore the relationship with the heavenly Father that was broken when we sinned through Adam, and in our own actions.
Christ's cross is the place that all justice, pain and righteousness meet God's perfect love, grace and mercy. While we were His enemies, He died for us, so that we could be redeemed and restored to a loving relationship with the father and His purposes for us, which was to glorify Him by enjoying Him forever, while we care for His creation here on earth, and in eternity to come.
In order to be restored to God through the power of His Holy Spirit, we need to first repent of our sins, acknowledging that He is truly God and we are not, and then believe (Trust) that He is who He said He is, and that His work on the cross is sufficient for us to live again, and to love Him and others as he has loved us. We are trusting His righteousness as the means by which we are redeemed.
We pray that you too will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and follow Him as your Lord and Savior!
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