The Importance of the Gospel

—Our weekly article in the Northport Gazette.

Watering the Tulips

3/16/2011

 

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”Romans 1:16

 

Oh, the many thoughts that come to mind as we meditate on this verse.  The Gospel truly is the power of God unto salvation (II Ths. 2:14).  How many in the world have forgotten this blessed truth? How many today believe the Gospel is not sufficient to save?  Oh, how many believe we must dress up the Gospel to make it appealing to the lost?  How many think God’s way of salvation is no longer enough?  How many churches have found a way to make the lost comfortable in church and now their churches are full of lost people?  We shudder to think that many today believe they are secure because they have fun at church and they know nothing of real salvation in Christ!!

 

Then, the thought arises, am I ashamed?  Have I shared the Gospel with anybody recently?  How many children of God have never shared the Gospel with one soul?  Proverbs 11:30 says, “…he who wins souls is wise.” How many of the Lord’s own people are so entrenched in the things of this world that they never share the good news with their friends and family?  How many are embarrassed to share the message of the Gospel?  Did not Jesus bare our shame on the cross?  Are we unwilling to be a little uncomfortable considering all that He has done for us?  How will we feel when we watch as our lost friends and family are cast alive into the Lake of Fire?

 

Even more sad, how many today believe the Gospel is unimportant?  How many have put their stock in church membership, or baptism, or turning over a new leaf, or repeating a prayer?  As important as those things are, salvation is not to be found in any of those things.  We are saved by the message of the Gospel alone – faith in Christ alone.  We must believe in Jesus plus nothing!!  He absolutely finished the work that the Father gave Him to do.  He saved His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

 

Child of God, seriously consider the verse before us today.  Are you presently attending a place where the Gospel of Christ is not the focus?  Is your place of worship little more than a country club where people gather for more of an “experience” than real worship?  Has the worship of God been pushed aside for programs that suit everybody?  Even more, do you believe it’s necessary, as a believer in Christ, to share the Gospel in your daily life?  Is not this the command of our Lord?  The most serious question is, “are you trusting in Christ alone?”  Or, is your hope in something other than the Gospel?

 

Take this moment to consider the seriousness of the verse before us today and all of the implications that go along with it.  May the God of all grace help us all!!

 

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