Yesterday my son and I were driving around doing errands. Landon asked me, "Dad, have you grown closer to God during your time at Back to the Bible?"
First of all, what 11-year-old asks this? I guess a pastor's son does! But second, I hadn't considered that question.
I paused for a moment and said, "Yes." One of the ways is I'm more passionate about sharing the gospel with the lost. Can you tell me what the gospel is?"
His response is like most Christians I encounter. He said a bunch of things that were biblical, but not quite the gospel.
I quoted him 1 Corinthians 15:1-4: "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."
My friends that is the gospel. Jesus Christ came, he died, he was buried, and he rose again. That's the gospel.
Another name for the gospel is the good news. Why? Because it's good news for sinners. Without Christ's death, burial, and resurrection, we'd still be dead in our sins (1 Cor. 15:17).
What is the gospel? The good news to a world that is overwhelmed with the bad news of sin.
Read 1 Corinthians 15
Reflect: Why does Paul write a list of people that Jesus appeared to? How should that boost our confidence in Jesus' resurrection? Why is the resurrection so important? What is the significance of our own future resurrection?
Respond: Memorize the gospel and share it with one person today.
We look forward to your comments and questions below!