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What is the priority of the gospel?

A soap manufacturer and a pastor were walking together down a street in a large city. The soap manufacturer casually said, “The Gospel you preach hasn’t done much good has it? Just observe. There is still a lot of wickedness in the world, and a lot of wicked people, too!” The pastor made no reply until they passed a dirty little child making mud pies in the gutter. Seizing the opportunity, the pastor said, “I see that soap hasn’t done much good in the world either; for there is much dirt, and many dirty people around.”     There is a continual need for the gospel because of the wicked world we live in and once apart of. People need to know there is hope. If I were to ask you what the most important message you ever received was, what would that be? Ladies, would it be the first time you got the news you were pregnant? Men would it be the time your wife told you she was pregnant? I am sure these are moments you will never forget. What is it that takes priority in your life? All imp…

What does the gospel do for you?

I would like to start out by asking the same question once again that I asked in the my recent post: what do you think of when you hear the word gospel? My unceasing prayer is that you think of one person, Jesus Christ. For the gospel is all about him. It is about God, who loved man, that was and is dead in transgression and sin, so much that He would send his Son, Jesus, to die for us while we were still sinners.  What awesome love and wonderful good news.

 I want us to understand that the gospel does something. If you remember the word 'gospel' in the Greek means good news. We discussed this in an older post, 'Have You Take Your Stand On The Gospel'. That is important to know as we continue our study of 1 Corinthians 15. Most news is just news. You listen to it, watch it or read it and move on. It may stir up some emotion for you, may educate you some but all this essentially is temporary. And the news these days I find hardly worth watching because it is always …

Have you taken your stand on the gospel?

Recently I had a conversation with an English teacher at a Bible College. The conversation centered around the resurrection of Jesus Christ. What she admitted surprised me. She stated that she believed in Jesus yet she struggled to believe in his resurrection. She is not alone in this. According to the latest Gallup polls 78% of the USA identifies themselves as Christians and in other news, last time Gallup did a poll on this topic was in 2008 which resulted in 80%. Meaning Christianity is on the decline. However, According to CNSN News the percentage of individuals who believe in the resurrection of Jesus is even less. They report that from 2012 to 2013 the percentage dropped from 70% to 64%. Based on the Gallup poll and CNSN we have a group of people that claim Christianity some of which deny the resurrection, and both are declining.

   Apparently the Corinthians had this problem as well. In Paul's first letter to the Corinthian church he included a passage regarding the …