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Philippians 1:27 ” Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.”

The Apostle Paul was writing to the Church of Philippi from a Roman prison…a deep, dark, dank place filled with hopelessness and misery, yet he was exhorting his fellow Believers to live a life worthy of the Gospel…worthy of the calling they had received.  Jude 3 calls it contending for the faith.  Of taking the truth of the Gospel Message we’ve received and studying it, learning from it, believing in it, and finally, defending it.  When we conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel we are fulfilling our duty to stand firm against those who may attempt to alter/ or change the grace of God into some man-made Religion.  For the next verse goes on to say, “Stand firm in one Spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the Gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you.” Philippians 1:28)

Galatians 1:6-7 ” I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the One who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel – which is really no gospel at all.”

Paul used the word gospel twice in this verse but both had very different meanings.  The first meant the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ…that by way of His death, burial, and resurrection, we might have eternal life.  The second gospel could not have been farther from that truth.  It was distinctly different and deceptive and was leading the Church of Galatia astray.  In II Corinthians 11:13-15, Paul called these teachers, “false apostles and servants of Satan masquerading as apostles of Christ.”  They came proclaiming a ‘new and improved’ Gospel Message that was categorically incorrect and flawed, but the people were accepting it.  Paul here was charging them to be vigilant and discerning…for if the message did not proclaim justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone…it was a false gospel.

Revelation 3:3 ” Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent.”

What was John telling the Church in Sardis they needed to remember?  It was the Gospel Message…the Good News of Jesus.  We should never discount or dismiss the wonder-working power of the Gospel.  For within its message is the Holy Spirit at work in hearts and minds.  And when we hear and receive the Good News, it’s then our responsibility to obey and repent.  For true repentance is a moral reorientation of our soul…a acknowledging of the error of our ways and a turning towards truth and righteousness…of turning to God.

I Corinthians 15:1 ” Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.”

The Apostle Paul was telling the Church in Corinth to focus on the Gospel Message, not on the person that had presented it. There was disunity and infighting in the Church depending on who they had heard the Gospel from…Paul or Apollos.  Paul wanted them to move on from that and rather center their minds on the Good News of Jesus…not on man.  For too many times we can get caught up by a dynamic, charismatic personality and end up following the person… not Jesus.  For if you think about it,  the Gospel Message doesn’t need theatrics or drama for it to be powerful and life-changing.  All it needs is an obedient soul sharing its story.

Matthew 28: 18-19 ” Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘ All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…’ “

This week our Bible Study Group wrestled with this verse…The Great Commission, and with Evangelism.  While we all agreed that Christians everywhere are called to share the Good News of the Gospel with others…we also readily acknowledged the intimidation it can bring.  So why are so many of us uncomfortable to evangelize?  Let’s look at it from a completely different perspective…so forget yourself and your hangups, and think of it from the other person’s view.  Imagine you are a beggar telling another starving beggar where they can go and find bread…you wouldn’t have a problem with that, right?    You’d be happy to share that information so they might eat and live.  And that fellow beggar would be appreciative of your actions simply because you hadn’t hoarded or hidden the source from him.  Telling others about Jesus should be just as easy.  For we should be eager to share good news.

Mark 10:15 ” I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

The first time you heard the Gospel, what filters did it go through in your head?  If your background is in Engineering, maybe you applied scientific and mathematical principles.  Or if your background is in Liberal Arts, maybe you dissected, examined and scrutinized the message from a different point of view.  But if you were like me, in the end,  we had to take the Gospel at face value…believing it was the truth, and deliberately and readily receiving it as such.  Being receptive to the Gospel demands a leap of faith…of embracing something with child-like faith that we don’t fully understand…but trusting God will show us the way.  In the verse before this,  Jesus tells the disciples to, “Let the little children come to Me.”  We are His little children, and that’s how He expects us to come to Him…filled with child-like faith, confidence, and hope.