Monday, October 16, 2006

Gospel Study Update

Here is an update of an in-depth study of the Gospel I am leading.

We moved the study to Fridays from Tuesdays due to conflicts some were having with their university class schedules. There are four coming to the study, all of them are attending universities here in Brasov. There names are Alex, Andreea, Daniela and Silvia. Please pray for all of us as we study the Gospel, that the Lord would open our minds and hearts to all He wants us to learn from this study.

In addition to meeting on Fridays we have a study group on Google where we can interact on-line. I decided to try it out and see how it will work as when I go to the States I hope to be able to continue the study in some fashion. There are all kinds of new on-line collaboration websites so maybe we will end up trying something else if Google group doesn't end up meeting our needs.

As part of the study those coming have to do some reading, research and writing in order to be prepared for the study each week. So far I have had them write out a one sentence definition of the Gospel, a longer version around a half a page and an outline of the key parts of the Gospel. For this coming Friday they are suppose to spend time researching, thinking and praying about how to improve their outlines.

Here are our group's one sentence definitions of the Gospel.

The Gospel is the good news of the great gift of a new life offered to us by God in his love and it's available to us if we repent of our rebellious ways and receive by faith what his Son, Jesus Christ, did on the cross for our sins.

The Gospel is the good news that we can receive eternal life and be called children of God by faith in the perfect life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His Son.

The Gospel is the good news of God's love for all of us, it is the way we can be restored in our relationship to God by receiving Jesus his Son into our lives as Lord and Savior.

The Gospel is the 'Good News' that Jesus Christ came into the world and paid the penalty for what we have done wrong against God so that we can be reconciled and restored in our relationship with God both now and forever.

The Gospel is the good news that we can be restored to a meaningful love relationship with God through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross for us.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Whatever someone's definition of the gospel is, it must be cross-centered--that Christ died for our sins must be included--not just our response (repentance, receiving Christ into our life, etc.) Many unsaved people have prayed prayers of "receiving Christ into your heart" but they didn't know of the effects of the cross.