Have you ever questioned things that you KNOW the answer to? I do this often, I don't know why I choose to torture myself. Lately topics have included: Is there really assurance of salvation? Why were we created? For relationship with God or to bring glory to God? A million questions about The Fall, a million questions about the Resurrection, Questions about prayer, sin, atonement, election, sanctification, what does it mean to be the Church, and even the basic tenet of Christianity: What is the gospel?
I'm being bold here and going to admit that lately I've been wondering what really is the Gospel. Oh, I can rattle off an impressive illustration. I can walk you through scripture, citing it as my source to "prove" my points. (and hope you believe that the Bible is truth and an authoritative source)
One of my Book Clubs is reading Jerry Bridge's The Discipline of Grace. (wonderful book, by the way) and in it Bridges wrote of a survey taken in 1993 at a "large Christian convention attended by several thousand people." On the survey was the question: "What is the gospel? Many answered but only one gave the correct answer.
I have read another book by Ravi Zacharias and he also made the point that Biblical preaching was important, and challenged churches to ask the youth in their church to "take a Bible and show you from Scripture, the path of salvation." and said that that could be difficult for most. And I ask you: What is the Gospel?
So that's part One. A reflection of what is the Gospel. Is it systematic? Is it personal? Can you describe it? Can you explain it? Can you tell someone why it's important? What would those words sound like? Individual and personal? Factual and sterile? Is it necessary to use the Bible to back up your assertions? Is it necessary to use words at all to tell the gospel story?
Think about it: What IS the Gospel? And yes, I do want you to comment!