Clarifying the Gospel

Posted: June 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

The next few posts will come directly from the Family Discussion Guides that I (with the help of others) have put together to go with our upcoming sermon series:  Ten Marks of A Healthy Church. 

BE TOGETHER 

Question:  Have you ever been confused by something someone said? 

Question:  What is the best news you have ever heard?

 THINK TOGETHER

When communicating important information we want to make sure what we are saying is understood.  As Christians we have the most important information in the world today.  We have a message that must be communicated clearly and consistently.  That message is called the Gospel.  

The sad reality is that this message has become misunderstood by many people.  Christians today have trouble communicating the Gospel clearly because, for many, they do not really understand what it is.  What is the Gospel?  Why do we, and everyone else, need to hear the Gospel?  How do we respond to the Gospel?  Those are questions that require clear and consistent answers. 

The word “gospel” is one that means “good news.”  But this “good news” starts with some “bad news.”  That “bad news” is that we have sinned against a holy God and deserve eternity in hell.  But (now the “good news”) God has chosen to love us by sending His Son to pay the penalty for our sin by dying in our place.  Jesus, the Son of God, came to this earth as a man, lived the perfect life we could not live, died the death we should have died, and three days later rose from the grave.  Jesus has paid the debt of sin and defeated the enemy of death.  Because of Jesus death has lost its sting (1 Corinthians 15:55).  And the only right response to this message is to repent of (turn from) our sin and put our faith in Jesus.  When we do we find that we are no longer separated from God because of our sin.  Instead, through our faith in Jesus, we stand as sons and daughters of God.  In Christ, God is for us and not against us.  That is the Gospel! 

Question:  Are people basically good or bad?  (Discuss your thoughts as a family, then have someone read Psalm 51:1-5, and Romans 3:9-26.  In light of these verses how have your answers changed, or did they?).   

GO TOGETHER

Question: If the Gospel is indeed the “most important information in the world,” and we as Christians have it, what should we do with it? (Acts 1:8, Matthew 28) 

Question:  What are ways we show the world that we believe in Jesus? (James 1:22, 14-26; Ephesians 4:17-32; Colossians 3:1-17)

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