Don’t Fall for the Lie that the Gospel Is In a Code and Must Be Decoded

Posted: June 11, 2009 in Evangelism Dynamics, Missional Evangelism, Personal Evangelism, Prayer Evangelism, Uncategorized, Understanding Biblical Evangelism, Witnessing Dynamics

I recently received an email from a Christian Web site that was asking question, “What is the gospel?” As I contemplated the question, I thought have we gotten so far away from biblical teaching that we are asking the question “What is the gospel?” No wonder our churches are declining. No wonder we have churches full of people who are clueless as to what it means to be a Christian. No wonder we have preachers cursing from the pulpit. No wonder we have pastors and churches promoting a beer ministry or bar ministry. We have forgotten who Jesus is and what He did for us. We have no clue as to the holiness of God and His attributes.

In the search of new and better way of doing ministry, so-called politically correct evangelism and seeker sensitive worship services, we have lost our identity as a people of God. We are to be holy because He is holy ( 1 Peter 1:15) The gospel means “Good News”, Jesus came preaching the Good News, “the kingdom of God is at Hand.”

The reason why it seems that evangelism does not work is due to the church working in harvest fields that are not prepared. Jesus taught on the four different kinds of soils, the hard packed, the rocky, the thorny and the fertile. The church must pray in the communities for the people asking God to set them free from bondage. Evangelism is about spiritual warfare. I think too many Christians that there is a devil out there and he is working in the spiritual realm and then in the physical realm. Lost people need to be prayed for by the churches.

The gospel consists of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). God the Son, Jesus, the second person of the Trinity came to earth and live a perfect human life. He started his ministry after God the Father, the first person of the Trinity called Jesus to full time itinerant preaching and teaching ministry. After three years of miracles and preaching the kingdom of God, Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. Then after three days in a tomb, he resurrected from the dead with a new body, thus making the only way to heaven and to God the Father. Now that is the gospel, and it is available to the whole world, (John 3:16).

Jesus strategy for evangelizing the world was to go where there were lost people. He being the full embodiment of the gospel took the good news wherever he went. When Jesus came into a city, the gospel was present. When he went into a village, the gospel was present. So now a born again believer receives Jesus as Lord and Savior, we get Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit, but we also get the gospel. So that wherever  a follower of Jesus goes, there goes the gospel.

So if the gospel is in us, then we must let it out. How does this action happen? It occurs when the believer opens his or her mouth and lets the gospel out. Evangelism is a God driven action, it is  a Holy Spirit driven action, 1 Corinthians 9:16. The Spirit of God compels the Christian to proclaim the gospel to people wherever he might be. Evangelism should be as natural for the believer as breathing. Why? Because the gospel is a part of the spiritual DNA of the believer. It comes into you the moment you trust in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

 I have written a book that discusses the lie that the gospel must be figured out. Or that the church must find a secret way or better way of sharing the gospel. The gospel is to be presented especially when we are told not to mention it. The problem with the Church today is not that it does not know the gospel, but that it has been told that we must first find special way, a new way of sharing.

The first century church was persecuted and told not to speak about Jesus, but they continued, Acts 4, 5, 6, 7. But the Bible says that they were turning the world up sided down, Acts 17:6. The church today cannot be accused of this. Instead the church is turning away from the world, or it has become just like the world. God forgive us for sinning against God for not sharing the gospel. We have the truth, Jesus, let’s go tell the world about Him and turn it up side down.

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