The Bold Message of the Gospel Day 1 – The Boldness of the Gospel
Proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance. (Acts 28:31, ESV)
[Pray] also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19, ESV)
“Get out, GET OUT!” the two firefighters yelled as they ran up and down the aisles of the store. People looked puzzled, but the men shooed them quickly toward the exit, giving them no chance to disobey their orders. While the shoppers didn’t immediately know what sort of danger was causing a disruption in their food shopping, they knew by the urgency in the voices of those men that they meant business. Their message was bold. Why? Because lives were at stake!
When we have a bold message to share, we generally don’t whisper it, hoping someone might hear us and avoid danger. We speak with a sense of urgency and with persistence. And quite frankly, the gospel message is the most urgent of messages for those who are lost and oblivious to the danger they are in. And if they are to hear it, then we must have the courage to boldly proclaim it.
The gospel, in itself, is bold. It declares we are sinful and lost. It reveals that if we do not accept the truth of it, we are destined for an eternity in hell. This is not a place to hang out with other sinners, laughing and joking about life and the good times we once had; there’s no beer there and no friends. It’s a solitary place of eternal punishment and suffering. This truth should spur us on to boldness in declaring the freedom offered through the gospel message—freedom from the penalty of our sin, which is hell and eternal separation from God.
The gospel is bold in stating there is only one way to heaven, and it is through the finished work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the grave. There isn’t another way—we don’t get to choose our method for entrance into heaven. Heaven was created by God, and He makes the rules for how we may enter. The sobering truth is that many believe that when “good people” die, their “goodness” will grant them a golden ticket into heaven. This is absolutely false and contrary to what Scripture teaches us. The gospel rejects our own good works as a way to gain access to God. Christ is the way, the truth and the life!
And so, the gospel message is bold, yet also simple—salvation is not a complicated process. The gospel centers around these simple truths:
- We are sinners in need of salvation
- Our sin disqualifies us from entering heaven
- Jesus came to save us through His shed blood on the cross
- Only Jesus could do this because He Himself had no sin
- We must accept that He is the only way to heaven
- Jesus died for our sins, and in believing on Him, we can be pardoned
- Jesus rose from the dead and went to prepare a home in heaven for His people
- We have been commissioned to share this gospel message to the lost
- Jesus will return soon—we do not know when—and we must be ready
The gospel isn’t religion. The gospel isn’t boring. It’s not irrelevant or outdated. It’s the most powerful message and it’s filled with hope. Without it, we are doomed, hopeless and lost. Our prayer is that, as we start this study on the gospel, we might remember the tremendous impact it has. It saves, transforms and breathes light into the darkest of souls, sparking joy, peace and hope in our hearts. It changes lives and lifts burdens. It lays our guilt and shame in the grave, filling us with new life—life in Christ. May we take this urgent message and, rather than whisper it, lift up our voices with courage and boldness and share it with the lost.