21 Days of Prayer, Day 6
The gospel is what makes Christianity different from every other faith in the world. Maybe you grew up in church, maybe you didn’t. For those of you who grew up going to church but didn’t hear a lot of good news, something was missing. That something was probably the gospel. The gospel literally means “good news.” If your past experience with religion felt more like bad news then what you experienced or heard regularly was either incorrect or incomplete because the gospel is good news.
Think of religion as advice. “This is what you need to do to get right with God.” The gospel, because it is first and foremost news, is not advice. You may have been given the idea that Christianity was about following a set of rules and avoiding certain behaviors. You may have an idea that Christianity is about a list of things you don’t do or don’t agree with. The reality is, the gospel is news. What do you do with news? You receive it, and decide if you believe it.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church,
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:1-5).
At Harvest, one of our cultural distinctives is that “Jesus is our message.” You might think, isn’t that true of any church? In a way, we hope so. And yet, I’ve known too many people who grew up attending a place with “church” on the title but the message taught was not the gospel. The focus was on what people need to do to be right with God instead of what God has done through Jesus. We need a Savior not to just change our behavior.
Jesus himself claimed, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
How central is your faith in Jesus to all of your hope in life?
Will you pray?
- Ask God to open doors with people around you to talk about how trusting Jesus works in your life.
- Ask God to use Harvest to point many, many people to Jesus.