11
May
08

A New Study on the Gospel.

As I begin to think about the gospel, the core message of what it means to be a Christian, I often get so excited because of just how simple yet intricate God’s plan for salvation really is. But looking at the gospel on the other side of the fence, is it really that easy to understand what the gospel is truly about from the position of an unbeliever or seeker? There are just so many views of who the Christian God is. I want to focus on the many issues that are out there and then conclude with an article on what the true gospel is I pray that in doing this, I can clear up the many misconceptions about what the gospel is not and what it is.

First we will be discussing what the gospel is NOT, by looking at the following beliefs found within Evangelical Christianity:

Open Theism This states that God does not exercise control of the universe but leaves it “open” for humans to make significant choices that impact their relationships with God and others. In this view, God does not know the future and thus not maintaining His sovereign rule of everything that happens. Proponents affirm that God is omniscient, but deny that this means that God knows everything that will ever happen.

Process TheologyThis belief states that just as the world is in a “process” of changing, God is also in a “process” of changing becoming increasingly perfect as time goes on.

Universalism This belief is simply that all people will ultimately be saved and the denial of a literal hell.

Postmodernism in Christian Theology  We will basically be dealing with the idea that truth is relative and that there can be no absolute truth to anything especially when it comes to God.

New Age Movement This belief basically is a collection of Eastern-influenced metaphysical thought systems, a putting together of different theologies held together with an eclectic teaching of salvation, of correct thinking, and correct knowledge. It is a theology of all about feeling good, and moral relativism. 

Then, we will be discussing what the true gospel of Jesus is by reading and discussing scripture from the biblical text. We will be reading from 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8. I would encourage you to be reading this text and think about the implications of the text and as we move through these thoughts, consider the truthfulness and sincerity of the words from Paul in 1 Corinthians. Here is the text from Paul:

“Now I make know 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, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all, as it were to one untimely born, He appeared to me also.” 1 Corinthians 15: 1-8 (NASB).

As you are reading, I would like for us to consider the three main points that this passage makes clear.

1. Paul tells us that this is a message of great importance.

2. Christ died for our sin according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried.

3. Christ was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. Then Christ appeared to many people, including more than five hundred at one time.

I am looking forward to having this discussion with you. I pray that you do study to and if you are looking for truth and wondering about Jesus Christ, please do pick up a bible and read about the accounts of His life. I am thankful for His grace and salvation that He has given us. I look forward to this study. I hope to hear back from all of you.

 

 

Sources:

www.carm.org www.theopedia.com www.leestrobel.com www.reasonablefaith.org www.monergism.com www.albertmohler.com

 

 

 

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