Linking up with Lisa-Jo! You should, too. We’re writing about: messenger.
I’ve been getting a lot of feedback on this series, feedback that tells me people are struggling. With so many things, in so many ways. We need the space and freedom to share these struggles without finger-pointing or stone-throwing. We need to be able to say, “Yep, this is where I’m at right now.”
I am happy to keep on sharing. I hope that my honesty gives someone a boost of courage.
But there is more to this story.
When I began this journey, it was with a determination to hold fast to God (or, in most ways, allow God to hold fast to me). That’s the message that matters to me: God. Who He is. What He says. How He works. Obviously, I don’t have every single nitty-gritty answer, but I do know that God as revealed in Scripture is real. He is there. He is invested in every aspect of my life.
Whatever I write about, I want to come back to that. I want to center on the fact that God is good and that He knows best. This reality doesn’t mean that I (or anyone else) will always understand everything. We won’t always “get” why we go through certain things or why God makes the rules He does. What can we “get?” This:
What is the gospel message? What is it in a nutshell? The Apostle Paul preached the gospel throughout his world, and this is what he wrote:
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1–4)
That’s it. Imbed that thought deeply into your heart and mind. That’s it—the gospel in a nutshell: Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He was raised again on the third day. That is the cornerstone, the foundation of our faith.
Someone once asked the great British preacher C. H. Spurgeon if he could put into a few words what his Christian faith was all about. Spurgeon said, “I will put it in four words for you: Christ died for me.” It’s as simple as that. Christ died for me. That is the essence of the gospel message. (Emphasis mine).
I never get tired of hearing the gospel. You say, “But you are a preacher.” I know. But I still love to hear it. I love to hear it proclaimed, because there is power in that message. It’s explosive.
Just proclaim it. And then stand back and watch what God will do.
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