The Gospel is powerful and amazing. When we see it for what it truly is, and not what we want it to be, the Gospel has the power to completely transform our lives.
There are several reasons I love the Gospel.
- The Gospel is non-denominational.
It doesn’t matter if you’re Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Catholic, Methodist, or any other ist, ian, and ic, the Gospel transcends all of it. The Gospel is about Jesus, not any one denomination. The Gospel is about love. It doesn’t matter if you wear a suit on Sunday morning or shorts and flip-flops, love never fails.
- The Gospel isn’t doctrine.
I spent way too much time in the past arguing theology and doctrine only to be left with more questions than answers. More hurt feelings and animosity rather than a sense of unity. Look at social media today and all the arguments and “discussions” on doctrine. You can tell where they come from by the fruit they produce. I’ve never seen any that ended in love and reconciliation. Only more alienation and division. I’m sorry, but Jesus isn’t in that at all. If arguing doctrine was from God, it would produce life, not death.
- The Gospel isn’t American.
It doesn’t matter what color your skin is or what language you speak, the Gospel is for everyone. I used to get wrapped up in my American view of Christianity and assumed God wanted to bless this country because we proudly wave a flag of red, white, and blue. God is way bigger than these United States. He sent Jesus to reconcile the entire world. I had to expand my view to grasp a better look at His incredible depth and presence around the globe.
- The Gospel is a transformation of life
If we’re preaching grace or any view of the Gospel that doesn’t include a complete transformation of life, we’re on the wrong track. I wasted a lot of years incorporating Jesus into my life when I should have been looking more like Him. We are to put off the old man and his deeds, so let’s put it off. We can’t use our humanity as an excuse any longer. Jesus was fully human, filled with the Holy Spirit, and look at all the things He did. He told us to follow, so I know it’s possible.
These are just a few of the reasons I love the Gospel. Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ,[a] for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.”
There is power in the Gospel, and it leads us to salvation.
Let’s take hold of this thing and run the race.