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Gospel 101 – An Apostolic Introduction, Part 1: A Gospel for All

November 28, 2007

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(The following is completely and accurately excerpted from HeartCry Missionary Society’s Magazine, Issue 54 pgs. 8-13)

I am going to have to break my own personal rule of “no posts outside of my authorship” with this one. I have been greatly effected by this ministry and its founder, Paul Washer. And their latest trimester newsletter magazine has truly struck a chord and pierced to my heart. The theme: The Gospel, naturally. I pray it will impact you as it has me.

——————the following is excerpted from HeartCry’s 54th Edition———-

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I
preached to you, which also you received, in which also
you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast
the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in
vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I
also received, that Christ died for our sins according to
the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was
raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,

I Corinthians 15:1-4

A writer or preacher would be hard pressed to produce a better
introduction to the Gospel of Jesus Christ than that which is
given here by the Apostle Paul to the church in Corinth. In these
few lines, he gives us enough truth to live on for a lifetime and to
bring us home to glory. Only the Holy Spirit could enable a man
to write so much, so clearly, and in so little space.

A Gospel for All
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel…
I Corinthians 15:1

In this simple phrase, we find a truth that must be rediscovered
by all of us. The Gospel is not merely an introductory message to
Christianity. It is “the” message of Christianity, and it is not only
the means of salvation, but also the means of continued sanctification
in the life of the most mature believer.
The Apostle had already preached the Gospel to these people!
He was their father in the faith!1 Yet he sees the greatest need to
continue teaching the Gospel to them, not only to remind them of
its essential ingredients, but also to expand their knowledge of it.
At their conversion, they merely began a journey of discovery that
would encompass their entire life and carry on through the endless
ages of eternity – the discovery of the glories of God revealed in
the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As we look through the annals of Christian history, we see
men and women of unusual passion for God and His kingdom. We
long to be like them, and we wonder how they came to have such
enduring fire. I have studied the lives of quite a few of them, and I
find one common denominator among them. They all seem to have
caught a glimpse of the glory of the Gospel, and its beauty kindled
their passion and drove them on. Genuine and enduring passion
comes from an ever-increasing, ever-deepening understanding of
what God has done for His people in the person and work of Jesus
Christ!

Today, there are so many conferences and such, especially
for our youth, which are designed to excite the believer’s passion
through fellowship, music, eloquent speakers, emotional stories,
and impassioned pleas. Yet, often whatever excitement they create
quickly vanishes. In the end, little fires have been built in little
hearts that burn out in a few days. We have forgotten that genuine,
enduring passion is born out of one’s knowledge of the truth, and
specifically the truth of the Gospel. The more one comprehends
its beauty, the more one will be apprehended by its power. One
glance of the Gospel will move the truly regenerate heart to follow.
Every greater glimpse will quicken its pace until it is running
recklessly toward the prize. Such beauty, the truly Christian heart
cannot resist. This is the great need of the day! It is what we have
lost—the preaching of the Gospel.

1 I Corinthians 4:15

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2 Comments
  1. Steve W permalink

    Jonathan,
    Just found your blog. You’re doing a good work here! Keep it up.

  2. Steve W, thanks a bunch. All Glory has to go to God on any good work done here. I started this blog as a last ditch effort to keep my blogging addiction going and my desire to center my life around the Gospel and the Cross of Christ. I pray that it will bless you as much as these things have blessed and grown me. Thanks again,

    Sincerely,

    Jonathan Chambers

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