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The Gospel in a Nutshell

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By Greg Laurie, Christian Post Contributor
August 30, 2005|11:09 am

What is the gospel message? What is it in a nutshell? The Apostle Paul preached the gospel throughout his world, and this is what he wrote:

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:1–4)

That's it. Imbed that thought deeply into your heart and mind. That's it—the gospel in a nutshell: Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He was raised again on the third day. That is the cornerstone, the foundation of our faith.

Someone once asked the great British preacher C. H. Spurgeon if he could put into a few words what his Christian faith was all about. Spurgeon said, "I will put it in four words for you: Christ died for me." It's as simple as that. Christ died for me. That is the essence of the gospel message.

I never get tired of hearing the gospel. You say, "But you are a preacher." I know. But I still love to hear it. I love to hear it proclaimed, because there is power in that message. It's explosive.

Just proclaim it. And then stand back and watch what God will do.

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