Episode 102: What is the Gospel?
welcome to this episode of real Christianity my name is Dale Partridge reach week I offer 15 to 20-minute answers to tough the illogical and pastoral question this is 100% listener supported audio Ministry of relearn. Org and for those who don't know our mission a tree learn.org is to educate and equip ordinary Christian the plant biblical confessional and missional house churches for more information just visit relearn. Org forward slash house or I guess what is the gospel now there are so many different presentations out there how can the average Christian share the gospel with a friend or family member this is a question that I get quite often and I've done a handful of episodes in the past on this topic but I thought it was important to do another one because sometimes just a certain angle or presentation of the Gospel might register with one person it might not register with the other still work
 do another one of those today it's the most important thing that we do write the Great Commission is not the great suggestion so we need to be prepared and equipped to present a biblically accurate and intelligible gospel presentation in Pakistan for discussion I want to make just too quick announcements first are you interested in planting a Biblical House Church if you if you are and you just feel a little bit unqualified or unprepared or not equipped to do so but you feel called consider visiting Saint Justin's. Org this is our companion Ministry and it's a Biblical house church planting school it's a one-year program we have some incredible faculty that are teaching along side of me and it's a great program to equip the average Christian man who wants to plant and passed your house church with everything you're going to possibly
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 the gospel with another person I have spoken about Jesus I have let others know that I'm a Christian but I have not proclaimed the gospel to another person after much thinking I believe the reason is that I don't really understand the basic mechanics of the gospel and it makes it difficult to explain it to others can you share how you or in a conversation would present the gospel to another person okay good question Hayden I thank you for asking that question I can also emphasize with you there was a period in my journey with God where I did not share the gospel because of fear and intellectual and Theological insecurities we also live in an era of the church that hasn't taught Christians how to present the gospel instead they preach a motivational sermon series and encourage you to Outsource your Evangelistic Duty by simply inviting
 people to the church where they can't evangelize them for you this is not biblical shepherding the Great Commission is not the great suggestion right every Christian has been called to share the gospel now does that mean that you need to share the gospel with everyone that has a pulse know what this does mean is that when you find yourself in a moment that the Holy Spirit convicts you to share the good news with the person that you are with you need to do it right James 4:17 says so whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it for him it is since we tell your story a few years ago I was going to the gas station here in Central Oregon and here they fill up your gas for you which is really nice especially when it's snowing but I was waiting for gas to be filled up and I was actually watching a video on John Piper on presenting the gospel and I actually felt called at the moment to preach the gospel to the guy that was
 filling up my gas and pretty rare that I'm not the guy that's necessarily A Street Preacher but I just called cuz I was talking to him and I disobeyed that conviction and I started driving back home and I remember that verse in James 4:17 that basically said so whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it for him it is sin I turned around my car for Miles drove back got out of the car and presented the gospel to this gentleman and so we just have to be obedient to these convictions cuz you don't want to walk and willing send it was just too much for my heart now preach the gospel is not based on a Model Cape meaning there is really no one way to do it in fact it's quite OrganiCann John 3:8 Jesus says the wind blows where it wishes and you heard it sound but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes so it is with everyone who is born of the spirit now I know this is the reaction of the results of the Gospel preaching
 let the Lord bring somebody to New Life or there's a born-again experience but this means that our sexual desire should be that our evangelism efforts are the odds of Angeles and efforts were not trying to do our own evangelism Africa seeing too many Christians walk outside of the spirit in an attempt to manufacture a spiritual moment and this is Halloween Ministry not driven by the prompting of the directing of God it's driven by the strivings and Zeal of men and that's that's not that's not what we want to go for my first point is this evangelism is God's Ministry and you are simply a vessel
 which he is going to use and this means the first thing we must do is be yielded available and willing to be used by. Read Romans 10:17 we talk about this in the previous episode from last week so faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of Christ God may use you to present the word of Christ now this just takes us to the root of Hayden's question here right what is the word of Christ I think it's the one presenting the gospel you know I'm not going to give you what to say I'm going to give you some principles behind it and I think it's really for required points that people need to adhere to during their presentation of the gospel and send everyone is it a person has to believe that God exists and that he made them because if he made them he's a claim and a right to say how that person should live how they
 to live so that's number one number two is that you have to believe that God has made it known to the world how has created beings human beings should live and that this person has failed to keep those commands
 number three is it you have to believe that because they failed to meet his commands God is righteously angry and because he's also just he's going to require them to receive the consequences for their Disobedience or else in this is the bad news and should cause repentance okay so we got a situation where you're not an autonomous being independent you were made because you were made you there is a God who created you and told you how you should live you have failed to stand up to the standards and you are in his wrath or judgment and there is a penalty do for those consequences and this is bad news and should cause you to repent
 number for is you have to believe that God not out of a requirement okay but out of his grace love and mercy sent his only son to the Earth to live a sinless and perfect life for the very purpose to die in that person's place or to die in your place not to take the consequences this is what Jesus did it to take the consequences that you deserve for your sin so that by belief or faith in him you will be right with God forever so Jesus did two things right he paid the penalty you deserved
 and then which which created the Forgiveness that you needed and then he imputed or applied Jesus is righteousness his perfect simplest life to you through faith this is the good news and should cause joy and obedience and so you have to believe these core things you know it also goes on in Romans chapter 10 talking about the idea that you have to believe that God raised Jesus from the dead to you can get deeper and deeper into theology arguments about what's required what's not required because when you talk about one thing you talk about everything but I think that's the core message right there is it basically God Made You
 therefore he has a claim on how you should live your not eponymous
 he's made it known how you should live there's a law you disobeyed that law and are under God's Wrath that's bad news but God made a way out of that where you can be forgiven and reconciled to God and he can he will actually impute Christ perfect sinless life his righteousness to you through faith and belief in his son so this should put some more breath and meaning behind a passage in John 3:16 that many of us have memorized right for God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life see this is just again you can wrap that message. Message is that scripture in what I just spoke about now notice that I said a person must believe he's at the front end of each of those four points and I say this because if a person doesn't believe that there a sinner they can't be saved
 that critical if they don't believe that there's a God that can't be safe they don't believe that they broke in God's law and they can't be saved Charles Spurgeon once said I do not believe that any man can preach the gospel who does not preach the law the law is the needle and you cannot draw the silken thread of the Gospel through a man's heart unless you first send the needle of the law to make the way for it if men do not understand the law they will not feel that they are sinners and if they are not consciously Sinners they will never value the sin offering that's Christ there is no healing a man to the law has wounded him no making him alive so the law had slain him so this is really important the bad news before the good news for example people who believe they are well don't go to a doctor but those who know that they are sick seek one out pretty quick
 this is why Jesus said in Luke 53132a those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick I have not come to call the righteous but Sinners to repentance and this is why the good news must always begin with the bad news again without the bad news the good news is no effect so Hayden to answer your question how do I personally present the gospel I don't have a specific formula or outline that I use I think the solution to this problem really is to fold first you need to understand the biblical gospel you know who deeply in your mind and in your heart you know what you heard at church or what you thought it was isn't necessarily the right thing you need to really evaluate what the scripture says against what you do you currently believe but what the Bible says about the gospel is is really the central Secour part second what I want you to do is you need to have a genuine comprehension of that biblical gospel in your own life
 I truly believe that you can't explain what you don't understand or you can't offer what you haven't experienced and sadly thousands of people that church are walking around calling themselves Christians because they were a victim to what I call or many pastors call Easy believism right or decision ISM they prayed a prayer they go to church they read the Bible every now and then but they don't have a clue about what the gospel really means because they've never experienced it themselves a quote that I use often from dr. Steven Lawson he wants said the only thing worse than not having the Assurance of Salvation it having the false Assurance of Salvation you guys were in an era of the church that is filled with false dead convert because they really never heard the true gospel they they they believe that your God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Gospel and
 jumped on the moral philosophical religious bandwagon but we're actually never born again so Hayden and anyone else listening the what I want you to do is I want you to study the scriptures really understand the gospel really understand that the The Narrative of Matthew Mark Luke and John study of the words of Christ study Romans is a great book bury yourself in God's word seek to understand the beauty of the gospel and then experientially try to really translate what was happening in your own heart and the measure that again the scriptures cuz our emotions are always honest to us and we need it to measure those again scripture give you a few resources for anybody that wants to look into this more and he's too resources actually I think I have 3 resources will be available at the post page for this episode at relearn. Or do you just go to the search function and you can type in the time
 which is what is the gospel this is also episode 102 and so they should be able to be found that way as well but you just go there and I'll have these three links there there's a YouTube video that is titled what must someone believe in order to be saved by John Piper great short video to watch does a book that I read that I'll link there as well called what is the gospel by Greg Gilbert short book really great read breaking down the gospel another book that is a deeper understanding of how the gospel works the mechanics of the Gospel on the back end for the believer not necessarily for the Lost person is titled chosen by God by r.c. Sproul again you can go to the site find those links there that's it for this episode that was helpful if you guys are regular listener to the show we just ask that you leave a review you don't even need to write anything just go to the podcast out the iTunes podcast out and just have the Stars
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