“For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)
The Gospel is the most glorious message the church has. In fact, it is the only hope we have to offer those outside of Christ.
It is a sure word of prophecy and an unveiling of the God-man, Jesus Christ. In it, we see Him wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. We see Him at 12 years of age staggering the minds of the most learned intellects in Jerusalem. We see Him as He calls 12 men to forsake all and follow Him.
Throughout the course of His life, He heals the sick, opens the eyes of the blind and causes the deaf to hear. He makes the lame to walk; He raises the dead and tactfully calls out the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. We see Him in His temptations and sufferings and finally, we see Him risen in all of His glory.
The Gospel contains the mind of God, the plan of salvation and the ultimate redemption of mankind. We see the fate of those who would reject its content and the glorious reward of those who receive its gracious offer. We are told the way to Heaven is narrow and encouraged to strive to enter. We are also told of the broad way that leads to Hell and the many who will enter there.
If we preached earnestly the content contained in the first four books of the New Testament, we would be known as men and women who turned a generation upside down for the glory of God. Too many times the Gospel takes the back seat to more culturally-adaptable messages. As we see the unleashing of evil upon our society, it is my highest hope that we will return to the simplicity that is found in Christ — that we would leave off the prosperity teachings that cater to the flesh and profits no one except those who proclaim it.
Likewise, that we would leave behind the self-esteem teachings that feeds the narcissistic spirit of this age. If we would preach Christ as He is revealed in scripture, our churches would be running over and our altars full without the aid of entertainment. If we would return to Basic Bible Christianity, we would see a Revival like at no other time in history!
“The only reason we don’t have Revival is that we’re content to live without it.” — Leonard Ravenhill