How Do You “Share the Gospel” if You Don’t Know What It Is?

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What is the gospel?

It is a question we all need to spend some time working on answering.

It isn’t steps of salvation – that is our response to the Gospel.

It isn’t just dying and going to heaven (although eternal life is part of the gospel).

But what is it?

Is it penal substitutionary atonement?

Or is it something else?

What is the gospel?

The more books I read the more complicated it seems to get and yet, somehow, for hundreds of years the church grew exponentially with an uncomplicated gospel.

I heard someone say there was an inverse correlation between how much theological education a person has and how much evangelizing they do. I don’t have the stats on that but I can believe that to be the case…that the more theological education you have the less likely you are to reach the lost.

Maybe it is because we learn so much nuance that it becomes nearly impossible to explain to a beginner and the people who need to hear it most are the uninitiated!

And if anyone is fascinated by nuance it’s me! But nuance and niche theology can become an idol and if our salt is becoming less salty because we have gone in so deep that it takes a PhD to decipher our conclusions.

We have a responsibility to be clear on the core tenants of our faith…to go back to the Bible, read it and determine what the gospel is really all about.

I will share my view on the gospel soon…stay tuned!

In the meantime, how would you define the gospel? What makes the good news good news? What makes salvation in Christ more significant than learning you are cancer free or that you won the lottery?

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