Whether you are uncertain of the Gospel, skeptical, accepting or wanting to share the Gospel . . . this is for you
For those who are uncertain about the Gospel
Thank you for taking a few moments to consider the message of the Bible, which it calls “The Gospel”. The gospel means “Good News”, but its message is actually some very bad news followed by much better news.
As you read this introduction, you will probably find yourself in one of the following three categories:
You are aware that you don’t understand the gospel
You may think you have understood the gospel, but actually have not
Or, you may truly understand the gospel and have chosen to reject it
Most likely, you belong in one of the first two categories, and the reason is simple. The Bible can be overwhelming and hard to understand. But the message of the Bible doesn’t have to be confusing. God has designed the gospel to be explained in a variety of ways, depending upon audience. Jesus Himself gave the gospel to people in different ways, yet it was always the same message, anchored in the same absolute truths. In this website, we will start at the beginning, and give you a clear explanation of what the Bible says, and what it means for you.
As you start through the next few pages, start by ask yourself the five following questions:
What does the God of the Bible care most about?
What is God’s main problem with mankind?
In the concept of salvation… what is God primarily offering mankind?
Who is Jesus and how does He enable this offer?
How does a person receive this offer?
If you can answer these questions, then you are well on your way to finally understanding what the Bible is actually saying… and you are ready to consider what you now want to do with it.
For Those Who are Skeptical About the Gospel
We love science, reason and empirical proof. In our western culture we are careful to only trust that which is proven and reasonable. Faith, though acceptable for someone else, is largely seen as a weakness and a crutch.
You are a person of faith. Some believe in a defined faith such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism or Christianity, while others, such as secularists, agnostics or atheists, hold to an undefined or more informal belief system.
Our views on assault, intolerance, bigotry and beauty show that we truly believe in absolutes and ultimate morals. Each of these absolutes go beyond reason and cross over into the realm of faith, regardless of whether we choose to admit it.
The hope of this website is to allow you, as a reasonable person who rests on faith (again, all of us do, ultimately), to have the chance to “hear out” a simple summary of the faith that is found in the Bible. Truthfully, our ultimate hope is that in doing so, you hear the voice of Christ calling you and place your faith in Him.
For Those who Accept the Gospel
God changes people through the gospel. It is the precious foundation for all of our thinking and the most powerful tool we have for accomplishing our mission. We must be gospel-centered people who preach the gospel to ourselves daily and eagerly seek the opportunities to share it with others.
The gospel is greatly misunderstood and quickly forgotten. One of our greatest obstacles to sharing the gospel is our world’s impression that they already understand it. The same can be said of the Church. Therefore, our greatest ambitions will always be our own personal understanding, our own belief in the gospel and our own ability to convey that message to the world around us.
The gospel can be explained simply in a few sentences or fully unfolded as the whole 66 books of the Bible. Yet God has given us the freedom and obligation to communicate the gospel in the most effective fashion possible. To accomplish this, our communication of the gospel needs to meet three standards:
It must be Biblically correct and paint a clear story
It must establish core concepts, while clearing up common misconceptions
It must provide the believer with clear direction for every area of life
As you read through this website, consider two things: First, are there areas of your life that suffer from poor understanding, forgetfulness or partial disbelief of the gospel? And secondly, but just as importantly, how would you explain the gospel to the people God has placed in your life?
Take a moment to think through the five questions above and keep your answers in mind as you work through the following six pages:
The Question is for You...
Do you desire to be made “God-Centered”? Does the idea of being owned by God... Him getting to call the shots and being in a relationship with Him forever, appeal to you? Do you desire to become part of His family and a part of what He is doing in history?
If so, will you submit to the idea that only God can save you based upon what Christ did by living, dying and coming back to life? Will you ask Him to forgive you....to bring you back to spiritual life.... to save you? He promises He will. You must speak to Him personally... asking Him for salvation based upon His promise.
Won't You Trust Him?
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.”
Matthew 11:28–30 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
If you have Repented and Placed Your Faith in Christ…
You get to live this life and eternity as a God-centered person through the influence of the Spirit who now dwells in you!
You now have God’s complete approval and love for you as His child. (Romans 8:37-39)
He has permanently adopted you and guaranteed His love for you. (Galatians 4:5-7)
You now have the freedom and obligation of loving and obeying Him and in joining Him in His mission to reconcile the world to Himself. (Matthew 22:37-40 and 28:18-20)
You will come to know Him better by listening to Him (reading the Bible) and speaking to Him (prayer) through the help of the Spirit. (Colossians 3:16, I Thessalonians 5:17, Romans 8:26-27)
He desires that each of His children be an active part of His family by being connected in a local church. (Hebrews 10:24)
One of the first things He asks of you is to demonstrate that you were spiritually dead and were made alive by Christ by demonstrating this in the act of baptism. (Matthew 28:19-20) Our new identity as a God-centered person in God’s family on His mission shapes our lives and all other priorities for God’s glory and our joy.