The Essentials Of The Gospel Message

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Suppose I ask you, “What are the essentials of the gospel message?” Would you be able to articulate them clearly? For the believer to be effective in evangelism, he needs to clearly understand what Scripture declares the gospel is. Please turn to 1 Corinthians 15. The apostle Paul gives us the precise definition and content of the gospel message in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4The Gospel message in its simplest form is this: Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead. Paul mentions Christ’s burial to emphasize the reality of His death. Jesus did not merely fall unconscious on the cross and later become conscious in the tomb and found a way to escape (Swoon hypothesis). He died, and His death was a payment for our sins. Paul also in verses 5 through 8 includes a list of eyewitnesses to support the reality of the resurrection. The gospel literally means “good news”. It is good news because it is an answer to the problem of sin. The good news is that Christ has provided a way for sinners to be forgiven instead of punished. We are all sinners by nature and by choice. We have all failed to live according to God’s standard of perfection (Rom 3:23). Because of this, we are separated from God and deserve to spend eternity in hell (Rom 6:23). By ourselves we can do nothing to be reconciled with God because we cannot pay for our own sin. But God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to this world to do what we cannot on our behalf. Without ceasing to be God, Jesus became a
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