Friday, June 05, 2009

A confusing gospel is not good news

I hope to post my slides for the lesson, “Talking about teaching the gospel,” no later than tomorrow, and I plan to answer the question: “What is the gospel?” I posted on this last year, “Avoid Muddying the Water.”

That post references an article by Dr. Harry Leafe, who answers the question this way, “The Bible states that "The Gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1:16). Being a Christian involves an informed confidence in Jesus Christ (the God-Man Savior). A person is informed about His death as a satisfactory payment for their sin (the Gospel), and that person places their confidence or trust in that payment. That informed confidence and trust is what the Bible means by the term believe. Anyone who places their confidence or trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin and eternal life is a Christian.”

The true gospel is good news. A confusing, or misleading message is “really no gospel at all.” (Gal 1:7). Jay Hancock answers the question in his lesson plan from Carmel Baptist.

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