17th February 2018

The Simplicity Of The Gospel 

“You’ll remember, friends, that when I first came to you to let you in on God’s master stroke, I didn’t try to impress you with polished speeches and the latest philosophy. I deliberately kept it plain and simple: first Jesus and who he is; then Jesus and what he did–Jesus crucified.”
1 Corinthians 2:1-2 (MSG)

Sometimes we are so earnest in trying to share our faith or teach people ‘The Way’, that we overlook the basics. Like a class in computers, Christians often speak their own ‘language’, using terminology that is foreign and unintelligible to non—Christians. We may assume that a friend has certain understanding already and so we leave them behind in our explanations.

Romans 1:19-20 (NLT) makes it plain, “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.”

I heard a story that made me laugh: The Rev. Billy Graham tells of a time early in his career when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, “If you’ll come to the Baptist Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven.” “I don’t think I’ll be there”, the boy said, “You don’t even know your way to the Post Office.”

If we want to show people the Christian Way, we need to be sure that we know the way ourselves, and give instructions or guidance that people can follow.

Prayer
Thank you God, for the simplicity of the Gospel, and for the truth that even creation makes plain. Help us to frame our words so that we share the Good News with others effectively.
Amen
 

Study by Nancy Silcox

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About the Author:
Nancy Silcox attends the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK. Nancy prepares and uploads the Day by Day studies submitted by members of the Worldwide Church of God UK/Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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