What Is the Gospel?

What is the gospel? Every Christian needs to be able to succinctly and sufficiently answer this question to anyone—it contains the very keys to eternal life.

Let me offer my answer:

The gospel is the good news that God saves sinners who repent and believe in Jesus.

I have this memorized. My two daughters, ages five and six right now, have this memorized. It comes out of our mouths instinctively with almost no effort. But memorizing a canned response is only the first part. You must be able to expound upon its meaning.

Pastor Emilio Ramos of Heritage Grace Community Church shares the gospel with student at the Univ. of North Texas.

Pastor Emilio Ramos of Heritage Grace Community Church shares the gospel with students at the University of North Texas.

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A Biblical Response to “Should We Be So Opinionated?”

While attempting to answer the difficult question, “Should We Be So Opinionated?“, the author asserted that Christians aren’t asked to defend the faith. Here’s the quote:

…making disciples isn’t about defending our faith (something were never asked to do)…

Scriptures most definitely affirm the Christian’s responsibility to defend our faith. Consider these passages: (more…)

The Five Solae of the Reformation

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

In honor of Reformation Day, I have provided a brief summary of what is commonly referred to as the five solae of the reformation.

Sola Scriptura

Latin for “Scripture alone.” It was one of the core tenets that distinguished the reformers from the Roman Catholic church. Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is the ultimate authority for matters of faith and Christian living. It also encompasses the belief that any believer is able to read and understand Scripture. These beliefs were in stark contrast with Catholicism which erroneously held that Scripture and church tradition had equal authority on the believer. The Roman Catholic church also held the view that only the clergy within the Catholic church could reliably interpret Scriptures. (more…)

David Was Not A Wimp

The underdog status of David is often overstated. We all know about the seven to nine foot-tall Goliath that he faced. But have you ever really considered what a stud David was? He may have been just a teenager at the time, but he was proficient with the sling. Not the child’s slingshot that most people think of. The sling of ancient times was a weapon of war, used alongside archers with their bows and arrows. An expert with a sling could hurl rocks up to 150 MPH. David was an expert and, as a shepherd, often defended his sheep from fierce predators. Does the following account sound like a wimpy little boy? (more…)

The Call of Abraham

The Call

Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
(Genesis 12: 1-3)

The Patriarch

Abraham’s legacy is arguably one of the greatest ever. Three major world religions point to Abraham as its patriarch: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. (more…)