“The Gospel” … a Living Message

Posted by donna on October 5, 2016

circle hands.png“People do not care how much you know, till they know how much you care.”

Last month, I began a two-part message on the Gospel. In particular, I shared that the Gospel is the ‘Power of God unto Salvation’ (Romans 1:16) and the Gospel is the ‘Righteousness of God revealed.’ (Romans 1:17)

Yet, the Gospel is also something that we need to live out. In 2 Peter 1:3, Peter declares that “His (God’s) divine power has given to us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” He continues by saying, “for this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith (Gospel) goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self control; and to self control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love” (2 Peter 1:5-7.)  Peter reminds us “to be eager to make our calling and election sure.” (2 Peter 1:10)


The power of the Gospel is a transforming power that not only remakes us into the image of Jesus and partakers of the divine nature, enabling us to dwell in God’s presence, but it also makes us godlier people.  James 2:18 … “You have faith; I have deeds” (works). Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”

Scripture teaches us in 1 John 3:11-20, that as a result of the Gospel, we ought to love.  It also teaches that an absence of the works of love, such as caring for a brother in need, is tantamount to a declaration that the Gospel has not taken root, and therefore, we cannot say that the love of God lives in us. These are strong statements. These statements must be taken seriously in an age of autonomy, where self-fulfilment is the goal of many lives; even in the church.

The Gospel is not something that is for us alone, rather it is the gift of God, to be shared with others.   We take care of one another as a reflection of the Kingdom to which we belong. One of our high values in the AGC is to be a church in the community. We have a great provision in the power of the Gospel to be that ‘divine nature’ by serving our community. By that, I mean the community of faith, but also, and very importantly, the secular community in which we live.

We used to strum our guitars and sing, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, yes they’ll (community) know we are Christians by our love.” Our job is to make this a reality, so that the transforming Gospel will transform many more who need this GOOD NEWS!

Willem Fietje

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