Thursday, January 19, 2017

True Gospel - Living the Gospel Series

"This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God's wonderful grace." Colossians 1:6 NLT

The Good News or the "the gospel" is proclaimed today the same as the first century Christian church spread its message. Colossians discusses the truth of the gospel and its outcome of fruitful living. Paul writes this letter to the church in Colosse some 30 or so years after Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. Already there are skeptics and critics crowding and distorting the truth of the Gospel message. Paul's letter reinforces the True Gospel of Jesus Christ as the redemption for those who believe. Today, as then, false and inaccurate information attempts to threaten and discredit the Good News. 
The true gospel message will prevail over competing voices, no matter how attractive they seem.    
David Jeremiah
Let's spend the next several weeks trying to understand the "true gospel" and how it impacts culture. One of the themes in Colossians is Christian living. When a person unites with Jesus Christ, the outcome is holy living. Like the first century church, Christians today find themselves surrounded by unrighteous behavior that takes its lead from the world, not from the message of the Good News. Oswald Chambers' words, penned a century ago, still challenge our culture, "There must be a sense of need before your message is of any use. Thousands of people are happy without God in this world." The great lie from the world rests in the myth of "happy" while the True Gospel offers "fruitful living". In responding to the Good News, a person does not find happy but hope - infinite hope! - dho