The Gospel Message is Simple

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4).

Some things in life are simple, and some are complicated. Basic math, 2 + 2 = 4. Simple. Rocket science. Complicated. PB & J Sandwich. Simple. 5 course dinner catered to a crowd. Complicated. So when you think about the gospel, do you think simple or complicated? I would argue it’s simple.

I often say it to the church I pastor this way. The gospel in 4 words: Jesus took my place. The gospel in 3 words: Him for me. The gospel in 2 words: Substitutionary Atonement (that’s for you theologians out there). The gospel in 1 word: Grace.

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See, not only is the gospel relevant for everyone, and includes everyone--the gospel message is simple. It’s not rocket science. You don’t need a degree to be saved. You just need to know, embrace, and live out a simple truth--that we were dead in our sins, Jesus died for us, and we’re made alive in Him.

The Apostle Paul says it this way, “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4). This is the go-to verse to define the gospel, and Paul does it in just a few words. So simple.

Now, just because the gospel message is simple doesn’t mean that it’s easy. In fact, if you survey Christians you’d find the opposite to be true. It’s easy to say that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, but it can be difficult to live that out each day. This is especially true when the culture you live in doesn’t share biblical values, or even worse, in a culture that actually persecutes Christians.

But as we continue to embrace the truth of the gospel, living it out becomes easier. Knowing that Jesus took my place and saved me from the fiery pits of hell makes everything else pale in comparison. It doesn’t matter what people think of me, what difficulties I’m going to endure in this life, or even if I lose my life because of it. The gospel message is simple. It's the most important truth in this life, and needs to be shared with everyone on the face of this earth.