People Need The Gospel

7 Feb

People need the Gospel because it is objectively true.  It is true that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the form of a man to fulfill the Old Testament Scriptures and bring salvation to His people by dying on a cross for the sins of many and rising from the dead in victory three days later.  We are called to respond in repentance (recognition of our sinfulness and turning to God for forgiveness) and faith (trust in our new Lord and Savior, and what He has accomplished on our behalf).  All people must respond, either by receiving or rejecting these claims.

People need the Gospel for its effects.  We need it for the freedom it brings, the way it changes lives and provides healing, the community it builds and the satisfaction that comes with it.  Yet, people need to receive the Gospel in repentance and faith primarily because it is true and the only source of salvation for sinners like you and me.  To deny it is to deny truth and deny hope.

All throughout Acts, we see this idea supported.  The apostles did not preach for people to change their lives, or to find comfort, community or healing in Jesus, but rather they preached Christ crucified for the forgiveness of sins, through the cross and resurrection, and called people to either receive it in faith or reject it in unbelief.  However, upon receiving the Gospel, many different things take place, and are wrought within a person.

This is what I want to look at in the coming weeks.  We are going to spend the next few posts looking at the different aspects of the redemption Christ has purchased for us, and their impact as they are applied to our lives through the eyes of Scripture and the Westminster Catechism.  It is my prayer that as we study what Jesus has accomplished for us and the implications of His work, we will be driven to worship and love God, which will in turn cause us to love others.  All of which serves to glorify Him.

 

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