The Pastor\’s Pen

An Independent Baptist Preacher\’s Musings and Observations

What is the Gospel?

Posted by Pastor Szekely on April 13, 2007

If you were asked, “What is the Gospel?”…what would you’re answer be?

I’m amazed at the responses I get to this question when I ask it…especially from churchgoin’ folk…for example:

A while back, I talked with a young man [17 years old] whose mother was a “pastor” of a church. God truly opened the door to talk with him on spiritual things. I asked him if he was a Christian…he said “yes”. I asked him how did he become a Christian. He explained to me that while at a youth function, the “Christian Rock” band was playing and everyone was swaying and having a good time. After the set, the band had an altar call. The lead singer said if you want to be a Christian, then come on up to the stage. [Friends, I’m not making this up…this is what the young man told me]. He didn’t know what to do, and his friends motivated him to go onto the stage. When he got up there the lead guy lead him in a prayer – he was “saved” – and he told me that everyone was clapping and he felt so good.

Well, I wanted to explore this a bit further…after all, “Let the redeemed of the LORD say so” (Psalm 107:2). I asked him, “So, do you know what is the Gospel?”. He replied, “Whoa, that’s a great question”…and after some more thought, this “pastor’s” kid who was “saved” concluded, “I can’t answer that”. Can’t answer that??? Even though the Lord Jesus Christ said, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the Gospel” (Mark 1:15)?

Now I anticipate some saying, “Well, this young man may be saved, but he just may not understand that he heard and believed in the Gospel…he just may not know the terminology”. Really? Are we that ignorant today? Even though [allegedly] THE GOSPEL was preached that evening, and even though [allegedly] this young man repented and believed THE GOSPEL that evening, and even though he attends a church that [allegedly] preaches THE GOSPEL, he couldn’t answer “what is the Gospel”?

If YOU were asked, “What is the Gospel”…what would you’re answer be? I’d be interested to read your response to this question.

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2 Responses to “What is the Gospel?”

  1. Tim said

    Didn’t Paul say it the best:

    1 Corinthians 15

    1Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

    2By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

    3For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    4And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

    To me it would be the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

  2. Bro. Szekely said

    You’re right, Tim! That is the gospel! It is amazing to me the responses, or lack of a response, I get from people on defining the gospel. Paul states it very clearly as you’ve mentioned.

    There ought to be an open declaration of the Gospel daily.

    Thanks for your reply ~ Lord bless!

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