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The Gospel Changes Everything

The word "gospel" has lost a bit of its meaning in our modern culture. We say that things are "the gospel truth" that really aren't the gospel truth. We use the word to describe styles of music. And Christians sometimes talk about taking a stand for the gospel in reference to various political and social justice issues. But the word has a rather rich and very specific meaning. The "gospel" is literally good news. Good news about what? Or rather, about whom? The gospel is …

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You’re Never Alone When You’re Sharing Jesus

Most believers understand the "ought to" side of sharing our faith. We know we ought to do so. Some of us understand the "how to." In fact, churches have been quite good at equipping and educating believers in the finer points of the gospel and the act of sharing it. But on a daily basis, I think very few understand the "can do" side of witnessing. This is something you can do, and you can do it in what Adrian Rogers often called a "supernaturally natural" way. I say you …

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The Gospel is the Great Equalizer

The gospel - the good news about Jesus - is the great equalizer. The message of the good news has universal applications. All of us are sinners in need of the good news of grace. And the good news of grace is freely available to all of us. No one is cleared of the guilt of sin without Jesus, and Jesus freely clears anyone who trusts Him from the guilt of sin. This equalizing nature of the gospel prompted Paul to include it in what he referred to as the "armor of God." He …

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Who Gets to Be Saved? Everyone Who Believes

The gospel (the good news that Jesus died for sin and rose again to redeem and reconcile people to God) is good news, but it's only good news to those who hear it, who hear it in time, and who believe it when they hear it. Paul wrote a well-known verse about the good news once when he declared, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16 ESV ) Who gets to be …

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To Understand the Gospel, First Understand God

There are three things I know beyond the shadow of a doubt... There is a God. I am not him. Neither are you. I know that if we were to make up our own "god," he wouldn't resemble the God of the Bible much. I know that because that's what humanity has done repeatedly and still does today. It's easier to serve an idol that looks like our idea of god than it is to serve the Living God. That's why I cringe when people say things like, "Well I just think God probably doesn't …

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King Jesus Saves and Reigns!

We love to take biblical words and weaken their meanings by adopting them for our own usage. One such word is "gospel." We use it in a light-hearted way when we refer to something as "the gospel truth." Like when we say, "Donald Trump's hair is amazing - that's the gospel truth!" Not only are we stating something subjective in objective terms, we're also saying something... weird. What exactly is the gospel? The word literally means "good news." It's good news about a …

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Just How Good Do You Have to Be?

God has rules. The problem is, none of us can or do keep them. But the point of God's rules isn't so that, in keeping them, we can be made right with Him. The point of His rules is to make apparent to us our glaring inadequacies and failure and sin. When we are left with no further claim to earning God's favor through our own goodness we are finally ready to look to Jesus alone as Savior. The Bible says, The Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we …

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Shoes Can Take You Anywhere

Mama says they was magic shoes. They could take me anywhere. - Forrest Gump Warfare always requires walking. And often, it requires running. Either way, good shoes are essential. Shoes offer us protection. Any parent who has stepped on a lego checking on their kids at night understands this. They protect our feet from the harsh ground on which we walk, from the elements, and from infection and disease. In the same way, it is the gospel that brings peace that has covered us …

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Getting Explicit About the Gospel

Rick Warren said, "If you read only one book this year, make it this one. It's that important." The gospel is a message that never loses its relevancy and always needs retelling. I found Matt Chandler's The Explicit Gospel to be an awesome retelling of it. Chandler's explanation of the gospel is ultra-clear, and while I detect that hint of his Reformed leanings (to which he alludes a time or two), his book avoids extremes, stays between the theological rails, and at least …

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What’s Right With the Church in 2011

Because of my role as an Editor and Online Community Facilitator, I'm exposed to a very wide variety of thinking within the modern church. I read blogs by the reformed, the missional, the fundamental, the emerging, the evangelical, and the conservative points of view. I read books about theology, church growth, business, leadership, culture, and life. So I hear it all. And I've noticed that for a couple thousand years now, the church has had this tendency to be quick to point …

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