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Don Stewart :: What Is the Message Believers Are to Proclaim?

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Don Stewart
We are commanded by God to tell others about Jesus Christ.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19).

Must Understand The Message

Before the message can be shared with someone else, it should be understood by the one giving it. The gospel can be simply explained as follows:

Humanity Was Originally Created Perfect

The Bible says that this world is in the state it is now in because of sin. When God first created human beings, they were perfect, without sin. The Bible says:

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning - the sixth day (Genesis 1:31).

All that He made includes humanity. Perfection was everywhere.

Sin Entered

However at a certain point in time, sin entered into the earth. The third chapter of Genesis records that sin entered our world when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, Did God really say, You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?: The woman said to the serpent, We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, `You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die. You will not surely die, the serpent said to the woman. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden. But the LORD God called to the man, Where are you? (Genesis 3:1-9)

Broken Relationships

The relationship between God and humanity was now broken. No longer could humanity approach God directly. The harmony between humankind and the natural world was also broken. Humankind, created with authority over nature, became subject to the harsh ways of nature and was often its victim. The harmony which was designed by God was destroyed. Tension, disagreement, war, and even death became the standard results of men and women interacting. Humankind needed a restoration of that original relationship with God.

Christ's Death

Christ died upon the cross to restore the broken relationship between God and humanity. The Bible says.

God made Him [Christ] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Personal Responsibility

By personally accepting what Christ did for us, we can be restored to a right relationship with God. Each individual has a personal responsibility to receive Christ or reject Him. Jesus said:

I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins (John 8:24).

That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9,10).

Do It

Once the message is understood the next step is doing it. It is helpful to read books on the subject on how to share one's faith but the way in which it is learned is by doing it.

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