What is the message and meaning of the gospel? How would you describe it in seven words or less? That was the challenge presented recently to a few Christ-followers at Lafayette (I got the idea from Christian Century, you may want to check out their responses). Here are some of the responses from Lafayette —
To simply love and be loved by Him. — Lizzy Smith
Overwhelming grace and love found in Christ. – Bonnie Enix
God’s love through the life of Jesus. — Glenn Uhls
Life of Christ leading me to salvation. — Diane Weber
God still loves you and will forever. –Colin Allstun
God lives with, in, and through us. – Lourene Clark
The gospel is the DNA of Christianity. – Kevin Fields
The Gospel=the good news. – Lindsey Keim
To follow our LORD in love and faith. — Deborah Copeland
Flawless man sent to rescue undeserving sinners. – Michalie Brown
Death, burial and resurrection of Christ. – Deb Leahy
God’s desire for a relationship with you. – Greg Malcolm
Through Christ is our salvation! Period!! – Sue Bond
God’s truth and love personified in Christ. – Kathy Zeller
Unconditional love from Creator to His created. – Les Keim
God created. People sinned. God is recreating. – Bob Clark
God returns man to a pure state. – Dennis Enix
Jesus the Messiah, God’s son, redeems us. – Jim Zeller
Thanks to all those who took time to ponder and respond! How would you describe the message and meaning of the gospel in seven words or less? Anybody want to add to this list?
— Bob Clark
This is quite tough. I imagine I’d have a different response each time I tried to respond. Here goes, though:
Selflessness. Selfishness. Selflessness. Transformation. Together. Kingdom. Forever.
Our opportunity to glorify God for eternity.
Jesus: The way, the truth, the life.
Thanks Keith, Bill, and the anonymous one — Kevin Leahy. I like all these and I agree, Keith, If I were to write mine next week, it would probably be different from what I wrote last. –Bob Clark
My one path to peace with God.
I’m certain that the gospel cannot be reduced to a “sound byte,” but, at your request, I’ll add: “God so loved He gave His Son.” helen
Thanks Richard and Helen! Two more good ones. One of the blessings of this exercise to me is seeing how we all manage to express this amazing story using different words. A friend emailed me, reminding me that “Love God Love All” was a wonderful way to summarize the law and prophets.
I can “name that song” in 6 notes!
Relationship with God made possible again.
Learning what to live for.
God in the flesh died for me
I read this in the book Unconditional Grace by Phillip Yoncy…
” Were bastards, but God Loves us Anyway”
Life Death Judgment Sinful Guilty Pardoned Kingdom