Sunday, February 21, 2010

Seek the Old Paths

Recently, archeologists found a 1,500 year-old Jerusalem road that was once a bustling thoroughfare used by numerous Christian pilgrims to enter the Holy Land. Although the road had been “missing” for centuries, experts have long believed they knew its location from ancient maps. The road lay nearly fifteen feet below the current surface beneath several layers of archeological strata. Because the ancient road lay under a very busy modern street it was not excavated until city officials authorized the dig as part of an infrastructure rehabilitation project.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

What is the Gospel?

The word “gospel” (Greek: euaggelizō) literally means “to announce good news”. The term “evangelize” comes from the same root word. From a biblical perspective, the gospel is God’s message to mankind. In this way, Abraham and Moses with the Jews of the exodus heard “the gospel” (Gal 3:8; Heb 4:2). Jesus also preached “the gospel” from the beginning of His earthly ministry (Mat 4:23; Mar 1:14). It appears, then, that the gospel is God’s message of “good news” to the people for that particular time.

Therefore, in the New Testament era (in which we are still living) the essence of the Gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4). This is the “good news” of God’s grace and power. Because of Christ’s sacrifice, humanity can be saved from the curse of sin, have peace with God, and inherit eternal life.