“For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” — Galatians 2:19-21
When I was 13 years old, I went on a summer mission trip to Europe with a group called Reign Ministries. We travelled around campgrounds putting on shows filled with songs, skits, and clowns. Afterward we would share the gospel via the Campus Crusade booklet, The Four Spiritual Laws:
God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.
Man is sinful and separated from God. Therefore, he cannot know and experience God’s love and plan for his life.
Jesus Christ is God’s only provision for man’s sin. Through Him you can know and experience God’s love and plan for your life.
We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know and experience God’s love and plan for our lives.
I still admire and agree with that formulation of the gospel. But with thirty years of hindsight, I would add that the way we “experience God’s love and plan” is by continually allowing God to rewrite our story, so that we die to ourselves and live for Him.
The gospel is not just a set of facts written on a piece of paper. It is the power of God, written on our hearts with the blood of Christ.
It is not just something that happened two thousand years ago at a place called Calvary. It is something that should be happening every day, even at a place like this.
I pray we all will continue to be a part of living and sharing that story.
- Evangel, Part I: What is the Gospel?
- Evangel, Part II: The Story of God (and Me)
- Evangel, Part III: The Good News
- Evangel, Part IV: The Bad News