Recently, we had a quarterly newsletter go out. If you don’t receive them, we can remedy that. Here is the article I wrote for July’s edition.
There are a few things that come to our mind when we hear the word “gospel.” We think generally what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, “that Christ died for our sins… that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day.” Jesus revealed that message to His closest followers, but it wasn’t His main message. In Mark 1:14-15, Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news.”
Jesus borrowed this phrase from Caesar’s messengers who would announce the ‘peace of Rome’ was upon newly conquered areas. Caesar and Jesus were announcing peace, protection, provision, and leadership. This was intended to be ‘good news’ or ‘gospel’ by both. Caesar’s messengers then commanded the newly conquered people to change their allegiance to Rome, trusting that it was a good thing to be under authority of the Roman Empire.
As leaders, ministers, Sunday school teachers, parents, etc. are we teaching this kind of repentance? Are we living this kind of repentance? …not just stopping doing bad things and adding a few good, but are we calling people to a total change of allegiance to Jesus’ leadership and authority?
This is the only way to start out if we are going to have churches or campus ministries with people who are selfless servants (Titus 2:14) and bold ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5) like Jesus desires.