For those of us who seek to be followers of Jesus Christ, the central demand of the New Testament should dominate our lives—the worldwide proclamation of the gospel. That gospel tells us that Jesus of Nazareth was the incarnate Son of God who died on the cross to atone for the sins of the world and rose bodily from the dead. This message is to be presented to people primarily because it is true and not because it works, though the practical benefits of knowing Christ are certainly important. If we follow the New Testament example, we are to present the gospel as a rational message to be believed and we are to defend it against objections.
— J. P. Moreland, from Scaling the Secular City, p. 249
God, the Creator of the universe, in order to rescue man from punishment for his rebellion, came to earth and took on humanity in Jesus, the Savior, to die on a cross and rise from the dead, so that in the final resurrection those who receive his mercy will enjoy a wonderful friendship with their sovereign Lord in the kind of perfect world their hearts have always yearned for.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2758
Centuries ago, John Newton, the author of the hymn “Amazing Grace,” put it this way: “I am a great sinner; and Christ is a great Savior.”
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2453
Repentance involves a change of direction. You are turning from a life of selfishness and self-centeredness in which you (or other idols) are the center of everything to a life where God is the center and you (and everything else) are under him.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 2149
[Francis Schaeffer] observed that the gospel is complex enough to keep theologians and philosophers busy writing learned tomes for years, and yet simple enough for a child to grasp the essentials.
— Greg Koukl, from The Story of Reality, kindle location 227
Have you read the Ten Commandments recently? Take a quick personal moral inventory by asking yourself these questions:
- Have you ever given allegiance to anything else over God in your life?
- Have you ever used anything as an object of worship or veneration?
- Have you ever used God’s name in a vain or vulgar fashion?
- Have you worshiped God on a consistent basis?
- Have you disobeyed or dishonored your parents even once?
- Have you murdered anyone, or even had harsh thoughts about someone (see Matt. 5:22)?
- Have you had sex with someone other than your spouse, or even thought about it (see Matt. 5:28)?
- Have you taken something that wasn’t yours?
- Have you lied?
- Have you hungered after something that didn’t belong to your?
Sound tough? It is. This is God’s law. These are God’s requirements…. Saved by our own goodness? The Law gives us no hope other than Jesus’ righteousness.
— Greg Koukl, from Solid Ground, March/April, 2017
We must never forget that the first part of the Gospel is not ‘Accept Christ as Saviour’, but ‘God is there’. Only then are we ready to hear God’s solution for man’s moral dilemma in the substitutionary work of Christ in history.
— Francis Schaeffer, from The God Who Is There, p. 132
If the good news is an invitation to a Jesus way of life and not information about somebody who accomplished something on my behalf, I’m sunk. This is law and no gospel.
— Kevin DeYoung, from Why We’re Not Emergent, p. 114
This text teaches powerfully, then, that people must hear the gospel of the death and resurrection of Christ in order to be saved, and that the Holy Spirit was sent precisely to empower this very proclamation in the name of Jesus, that people in all the nations might be saved. The notion that the Spirit works independently of knowledge of Christ and the gospel is directly refuted by Jesus’ teaching in this text alone.
— Bruce Ware, from Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: Relationships, Roles, and Relevance, kindle location 1623
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