Monday, July 28, 2008

The Gospel in 30 seconds

Our pastor told us Sunday that Mark Dever requires new members to be able to communicate the Gospel in 30 seconds. Got me to thinking, what can you say in 30 seconds? So I'm trying to find a short summary of the Gospel (with Scripture that could be shared as time allows). Something I could memorize and meditate on so that if the opportunity is provided, I can share the Good News in a clear and confident way.

I came across this fantastic summary on the t4g website. If you find something shorter or more concise summary of the Gospel, please send it my way!

The Gospel is the joyous declaration that God is redeeming the world through Christ (Matt 1:21; Luke 1:68; Eph 1:7; Col 1:20), and that he calls everyone everywhere to repent from sin and trust Jesus Christ for salvation (Mark 1:15; Acts 2:38; 17:30).

Each of us has sinned against God (Rom 3:23), breaking his law and rebelling against his rule, and the penalty for our sin is death and hell (Rom 6:23). But because he loves us, God sent his Son Jesus (John 3:16; Eph 2:4; 1 John 4:10) to live for his people's sake the perfect, obedient life God requires (Rom 8:4; 1 Cor 1:30; Heb 4:15) and to die in their place for their sin (Isa 53:5; Mat 20:28; 26:28; Mark 10:45; 14:24; Luke 22:20; John 11:50-51; Rom 3:24-25; 4:25; 1 Cor 15:3; 2 Cor 5:21; Eph 5:2; Heb 10:14; 1 Pet 3:18). On the third day, He rose bodily from the grave (Mat 28:6) and now reigns in heaven (Luke 22:69; 24:51; Heb 8:1), offering forgiveness (Eph 1:7), righteousness (Rom 5:19), resurrection (Rom 8:11), and eternal blessedness in God's presence (Rev 22:4) to everyone who repents of sin and trusts solely in Him for salvation.

I can say this one in about 0:45 seconds. It's so good, I think I'll allow the extra 15 seconds!

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