This past Sunday we wrapped up part one of our study on the book of Romans. If you've missed any of the sermons
from chapters 1-7, you can find them all here. Our goal in
this series has been that our faith family would better understand the Gospel, have the ability to clearly articulate
the Gospel, and that we would better live out the Gospel in our daily lives. As a means of review, set aside some time
and try the following:
How are you going to answer when someone asks you the question, "What is the Gospel?" Based on what you
know from Scripture, write down your answer to that question on a piece of paper. Review it to make sure that it is
clear, concise, and accurate.
If you're having trouble with this or you're just interested in how you can be more effective at answering
that question, there are tons of great resources out there to help with this. I highly recommend the book (it's very
short!), What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert. This book presents a systematic way to easily explain the Gospel to
Remember, opportunities to share the Gospel generally come in the context of
conversations. Therefore, take some time to practice speaking your answer to "What is
the Gospel?" It's one thing to be able to write it, but another thing to be able to share it
verbally with others. We should absolutely be able to explain the general framework of
the Gospel at any given moment. However, don't put pressure on yourself to say
everything perfectly—if you've been given the opportunity to articulate the Gospel, I can
assure you that God is already at work in that situation or person.
The Gospel is not just something that we understand and articulate, but we are called
to live in response to the Gospel everyday. Jesus changes us—in the moment of
salvation, but also continually through the process of sanctification. Looking back over
the past 12 weeks in this series, how has Christ changed you? Where do you see God
at work in your life right now? If you don't know the answer to that question, I would
encourage you to do two things. First, simply pray that God would open your eyes to the
work He wants to do in you. Secondly, ensure that you are spending time reading and
studying the Bible. The Bible is literally God's Word to us so we must dig in and be
desperate to hear from Him.
The Gospel changes everything and it is at the center of everything we do and are as a faith family. I hope that this
series has been beneficial to you and your family, and that the powerful words in Romans will continue to impact you for
the rest of your life.