Think You Know The Gospel?

Krin Baer
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Think You Know The Gospel? | March 14th, 2013

Think You Know The Gospel?

C.S. LewisRecently I was on mission to an English university. Throughout the week we filled the campus with great zeal to share the gospel with any and every person we encountered. We stood in the freezing rain handing out flyers. We engaged students in dialogue after evangelistic talks. And we asked people to take a survey that would map their worldview.

One of my favorite questions to ask students was, What do you think the message of Christianity is?  I was surprised at the range of answers I received. However, even more surprising were the people who claimed to be Christians yet could not state or explain the good news.

I remember very clearly hearing John Piper say that we never, never, never outgrow our need for the gospel. No doubt Piper is correct. But how can we continually reflect on the good news and remind ourselves of its majesty and beauty if we can’t even articulate it?

I met several people on the campus that day who told me, It doesn’t matter which God you believe in, as long as it brings peace to your life. Really?

C.S. Lewis wrote two sentences to put that idea to bed:

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. 

Many have gone before us and staked their lives on this gospel being true. Christians everywhere are called to do likewise—no matter what other people believe.

If you follow Jesus, make sure you know the message. Get a clear picture of what Christians have been saying since Jesus died. And then—because it’s of infinite importance—proclaim it out of love for others.

Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. –1 Peter 3:15.

This video is a beautiful, simple portrayal of the εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion):

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  • thecommonlanguage.com

    Thanks Krin! And I’m adding the video to my arsenal to pass on to those who are visual learners.
    Susan

  • Lexie

    beautiful. thanks for sharing Krin!

  • Teresa

    Thank you for this message. Awesome video!

  • http://twitter.com/_byronmiller Andrew

    Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

    Well, that’s clearly not true. Presumably you consider Islam to be false, but it is clearly an important force in the world. Christianity could be nonsense, but given that half the world’s population adhere to it (at least on paper) it is not “of no importance”. In this view, it is certainly of moderate (neither zero nor infinite) importance.

    That said, I agree with your point that self-described Christians ought to have an idea what that means.

    • Krin

      Thanks, Andrew, for your comment. No doubt many faith systems have been the motivation for many contributions to humanity and the world. However, I dont think Lewis is talking about importance of an economic nature, but rather an essential one. The central claim of Christianity is that Jesus, God in flesh, died and rose from the dead so that every human is able to know God and enjoy Him forever. If the resurrection didn’t happen, then all that flows out of Christian motivation is founded on a deluded belief, and really is of no essential importance. However, if the resurrection did happen, then it’s implications are infinitely important for everyone, hence the assertion of infinite essential importance.

  • Kay

    I love your boldness for Christ, you have made a huge impact on our family Krin. Press on

  • Sanj

    You are a witness my friend. Keep moving the Gospel forward.

  • Brett

    Great message. Awesome video. Thanks for sharing.

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