When I read the Book of Acts in the New Testament, I see a stark comparison amongst the gospel that the Apostles preached as well as the gospel that is preached in numerous American churches now. America is a stylish country. It looks that for every cultural trend there’s a gospel to suit that trend. How does the church respond to a materialistic society? No condition! It’s called the “wellness and wealth” gospel. And the postmodern trend? No condition! There are gospels that emphasize “deconstruction” and “bad theology.” Occasionally I question what Peter, James, John, and Paul might think if they took a consider the books found on the Christian right seller lists now. Or what might they think of the “if you’re seeking meaning and fulfillment in your existence, come to Jesus” altar calls? Will the real gospel please stand up?
Here’s my proposition. What if rather of striving adjust the gospel to create it relevant to the culture, we proclaim the gospel as is and allow the culture adjust to the gospel? What might that resemble? What are the important ingredients that Jesus as well as the Apostles thought were important to qualify as a genuine gospel presentation? Why not only preach what the Apostles preached?
After a cautious research of the Book of Acts as well as the letters of Paul, I’ve come up with a succinct statement that I believe qualifies as the essence of the gospel. Since the term preach virtually signifies “to herald” or “to announce”, think of the as Aaron D. Taylor’s official gospel hit launch.
Here goes. The Apostolic gospel is as follows: “Jesus Christ died found on the cross for our sins. He was buried and rose again found on the 3rd day. He ascended into paradise and today He sits at the proper hand of the Father.
On a day that God has furnished, Jesus Christ is coming back to judge the living as well as the dead. Anyone who repents and believes in Him might obtain forgiveness of sins as well as the present of eternal lifetime.”
I question what might result if the average American preacher utilized this form of code when preaching the gospel? Some state that the average listener might cannot emotionally connect with directly Bible speak like this. Maybe, possibly not. I don’t absolutely understand, but I think that whether or not that have been true; God possibly knew that when He inspired the New Testament. Maybe gospel code isn’t meant to be reduced to what we perceive our felt should be. Either method, I’ll take the real gospel over the best-seller variation any day.