“What is the gospel?”

 

Harley Hitchcock

 

How many times have you heard people say “We go to a very

good church you know – our pastor preaches the

gospel.” Everybody listening then nod their heads with gravity

and understanding saying “Oh, that’s good. Ours does too!”

So, what is the gospel? The following is a brief summary of

most pastors’ efforts at getting people into heaven.



 WHY DON’T YOU TICK THE ONES

 THAT APPEAL TO YOU?

“Let Jesus come into your heart”

“Come to Jesus. Things go better with him.”

“You won’t find true happiness except through Jesus.

      Why not give him a go?”

“Jesus wouldn’t die for rubbish. He died to save

     someone special like you!”

“If you’ve been doing it hard and you need a break.

     Why don’t you let God love you tonight. Let him put his

     arms about you and swamp you with his love.”

“You’ve a God shaped vacuum in your heart that only

     He can fill. Let him fill that tonight.”

“Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, won’t

     you let Him in”

“Let Jesus take over your life and see the difference”

“Just confess your sins to God tonight and he’ll  forgive

     you.

“God is love and he loves you right there where you

     are. Just come to him tonight and let him in and love you.”

“Slip up your hand if you want Jesus to be real in your

     life tonight and just come out the front and he’ll meet you

     halfway.”

“Aren’t you tired of just getting through life? You need

     Jesus!”

“Stop trying to run your own life, let Jesus take control!”

“Maybe you’ve tried everything else, and can’t get your

     life together. Well there’s a reason for that. You’re doing

     God. Why not give him a go?””

“Are you depressed? Anxious? Worried about the

     future? Stressed? You need God.”

“God has a plan for your life and you’ll never know what

     it is until you give your heart to  Jesus. What do you have

     to lose?”

“We are all God’s children and he loves everybody, so

     why don’t you just come home to him.”

“Jesus opened the door to heaven, so if you repent and

     turn from your sins, he can save you.”

“Why not hand over to God tonight all the hurt and  pain

     and let him take care of it.”

“Are you depressed, rundown, lost the will to live,

     worried about the future, just getting  by everyday?

     Try Jesus and you’ll be amazed what will happen in

     your life!”

“Your transformed life is right here at the altar.

     Get out of your seat and claim a victorious life in God.”

 
WELL, HOW DID YOU GO?

You have to admit that some of them are pretty convincing

right?

Unfortunately, if you ticked any of the above, you do not know

what the gospel is either. In fact, dear reader, you may

not be saved. You may be just a heart beat away from hell.

 
SO WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

The gospel is God’s action in sending  Jesus Christ to a cross

2000 years ago. Although you weren’t born then, God made

the full and final payment for the future sins that you

would commit.

 

 God sent himself to a cross as Jesus and the blood that was

shed made payment for your sins. The Bible says “…for it

is the blood that maketh an atonement for the

soul.”

(Leviticus 17:11)

 

 This is why it is called the good news. “Wow! All your sins

paid for in full. Are you ever so grateful or what? Wow!

Who are you going to thank for that?”

 

 THE GOSPEL IS NOT…

It has nothing to do with whether you feel happy, sad,

remorseful, depressed, fulfilled or whether you are a

millionaire. It had nothing to do with whether you feel

peaceful, spiritual or live a good moral life; whether you

go to church or got baptised.

 

 1. THE PROBLEM:

My friend, you are a sinner, you were born a sinner, you will

die a sinner, you will be judged as a sinner, and you

will be condemned a sinner. Furthermore, God is holy and

without sin and won’t let sin or sinners into heaven. In fact,

God has prepared a place for you already. You are hell bound

and will spend eternity in flames which will torment you

forever. This is God’s just punishment for your sin and sins.


 2. YOU WILL DIE A SINNER

When Adam sinned, he set the scene for all future men in that

they would die as a result of his sin “Wherefore, as by one

man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and

so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:”

(Romans 5:12).

 

3. YOU WILL BE JUDGED A SINNER

When you die you will stand before God to be judged. “…it

is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the

judgment:”

(Hebrews 9:27)

 

4. YOU WILL BE CONDEMNED A SINNER

Your good works won’t be able to save you “But we are

all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses

are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our

iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

(Isaiah 64:6)

 

5. THE PROBLEM YOU NOW FACE

Unless your sins are removed from you, God will not accept

you into heaven and will cast you into everlasting flames

forever.

 

6. YOUR ONLY HOPE IS JESUS CHRIST

Jesus Christ took on himself your sins and paid for them

because you can’t. “Neither is there salvation in any

other: for there is none other name under heaven

given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

(Acts 4:12).

 

JESUS CHRIST PAID IN FULL

Jesus Christ paid your way to heaven for you! By believing

that he has done this for you, you will be receiving God’s

ONLY means of salvation for you! By believing that Jesus

Christ died for your sins you can be washed from all your

sins in his blood “But God commendeth his love toward

us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for

us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood,

we shall be saved from wrath through him.”

(Romans 5:8-9)

 

YOUR DECISION

Will you have God’s wrath of everlasting hell fire OR

Will you have Gods’ love by believing that the shed blood of

Jesus Christ paid for your sins?

 

 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and

he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but

the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36)

WHAT YOU MUST DO

You must renounce all faith and trust in your love,

your goodness, yourself, your good works, your baptism, your

self righteousness, your church tradition and its sacraments,

your religion. There’s not a single thing you can add for your

sin payment. Your ‘sin-bill’ has been paid for and cancelled.

Will you believe it?

 

WILL YOU BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART AS FOLLOWS?

DEAR GOD, I’m a lost sinner. Please save me because

I can’t save myself. I believe that the shed blood alone

of Jesus Christ at the cross paid you for all my sins forever.

Thank you that I now have everlasting life in heaven.”


Is repentance turning from sins?



                   
                             


 

                                                                                                                                                                                                           


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