In which is the Gospel of Jesus in two words

by Craig on January 9, 2013

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So the skeptic asked me…

“What makes you a Christian?
What is it that makes you saved?
Give it to me, simple and quick.”

And so begins the last part of the discussion with a skeptic, which started here.

I answered…

“Accept the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross…
and lay your life down as a living sacrifice.”

That was it…simple and quick.

“Tell me more.” requested the skeptic.

So I did.

“The gospel’s really straightforward and simple…
but also complicated way beyond comprehension.

We have a Bible and it’s bursting with history and illustrations and explanations. We have people who can write volumes on the subject and never exhaust all of its nuances.

But it’s this simple.

Accept the sacrifice of God.
Live life as a sacrifice for God.

Or…

accept forgiveness…do 1Corinthians 13 love.

Or…

Believe…Do.”

“So you’re making up your own gospel?” he said with a hint of laughter.

“No,” I answered, “I’m just using normal words for the message that’s always been the same. Even with religious words it boils down pretty simply. Accept Jesus as Savior and Lord.”

I grew up around Italians, so I began using my hands.
You know the way; left hand right hand, this-or-that style .

“Same message, different words.” I continued.

“Accept Jesus as Savior (left hand)…and Lord (right hand).

Or…

Accept the sacrifice of God (left hand)…then live as a sacrifice for God (right hand).

Or…

Accept forgiveness (left hand)…then do Love (right hand).

The gospel in two words:

believe…do.”

“I’ll think about that.” said the skeptic.

Then I remembered what he asked me at the start. “What would I say to that person in the pew, who was just taking up space?” And I suddenly thought it applied here.

“I would tell that person in the pew that having a better relationship, a real relationship, a living relationship with the God who is the Source of everything, is as simple as believe…then do.

And I’d also say.

Don’t think about it forever because forever can come quicker than you think.”

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

A. January 9, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Craig, what a terrific explanation! I heart this post, or actually, this series!!!!! This is the way children could even understand the message. Adults need it this way, too. So, now, Craig, what would a salvation message tract a la Craig look like?

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A. January 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm

And a Laska translation of a tract, too…..what would that look like? I think I would like some…..

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Sylvia R January 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

This is great! I’m going to remember this! I’m sure it will come in very helpful some time.
Thanks!
And yes, I second the tract a la Craig.

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Martha Orlando January 10, 2013 at 10:34 am

“Believe . . . Do.” In a nutshell – so perfect, perfect, perfect, my friend.
God bless you, Craig!

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Debbie January 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm

So grateful for you and the words He gives you! Thanks and God bless!

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thefisherlady January 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

well scripted! Wow! I’m taking the thoughts in this nutshell along with me today as I work this afternoon at my goats chucking manure. These thoughts are going nowhere but my heart.

Accept forgiveness …then do Love .
The gospel in two words:
believe…do.”

Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only :) Got it!!!

your clincher… awesome!
“I would tell that person in the pew that having a better relationship, a real relationship, a living relationship with the God who is the Source of everything, is as simple as believe…then do.
And I’d also say.
Don’t think about it forever because forever can come quicker than you think.”

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