The Gospel

Gilson LacerdaJanuary 2024 WOF, WOF Current IssueLeave a Comment

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The Gospel message should be the most understood message Christians carry. Yet, in our circles, most of us can spout out the ABCs of faith quicker than we can Jesus died, was buried, and was raised for our justification. Not everyone is called to be an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher. But every one of us has been called to share the Gospel with the people we know and meet.

First Peter 3:15 (NIV) tells us, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

What is the Gospel message we are commissioned to share? The Book of Romans lists four scripture passages that have been called the Roman Road. By memorizing these verses, you can easily share Christ with the lost.

Romans 3:23 (NKJV), “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Every one of us has sinned. If a person has never encountered Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, they are in sin. They are separated from God.

Romans 6:23 (NKJV), “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The punishment for sin is spiritual death. Jesus, however, provided hope for anyone who is separated from God.

Romans 5:8 (NKJV), “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

“Every one of us has been called to share the Gospel with the people we know and meet.”
Doug Jones

When humanity was in a sinful, hopeless condition, Jesus became our substitute. He took our place and was crucified on the cross of Calvary. His death paid the penalty for sin and released us from its bondage.

The Gospel has nothing to do with what we have done through our own ability, works, wisdom, or strength. It is about what God has done for us through Christ. The Gospel is about a man—Adam—who messed up his relationship with God, and a God who provided a way to reconcile and restore that relationship. The Gospel is the message of how God did right to rescue man from the effects of what Adam did wrong.

Once an individual becomes aware of what Jesus did, a response is needed.

Romans 10:9–10 (NKJV), “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Salvation is gained by believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth. Below is a prayer of salvation. Simply have the individual repeat this prayer after you.

God, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. I admit that I have sinned. I ask You to forgive me and cleanse me. Thank You for sending Your Son to die for me. Jesus, I ask You to be my Savior and Lord. I receive everlasting life. Thank You for saving me! Amen.


[Editor’s Note: Doug Jones is an instructor at Rhema Bible Training College. This article was adapted from his 2023 Winter Bible Seminar message.]

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