The Coffee — The roast that I have been drinking lately comes from Verve Coffee Roasters out of Santa Cruz, California. The roast is the Edgardo Tinoco Natural, a single-origin roast originating from Honduras. This coffee is sweet and smooth. Notes of berry jam and fudge complement each other well. it reminds me of chocolate and berry cobblers that I have had. With this strong offering, I look forward to trying more from Verve Coffee Roasters
The Theology — The Gospel of Jesus Christ is an important message. It is the most important message. Our Lord gave us this mandate: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19&20) Followers of Christ have been commissioned to teach the gospel of Jesus, in order to gather his people from all nations. To teach believers to love God and love their neighbor. Because of the importance of this message, I have asked for the assistance of three seminary-trained men of God, who I respect greatly, to explain the gospel in their own words. I encourage you to read carefully. Examine the truth in these paragraphs.
“Although the truth that God delivers people from the guilt and power of their sins by his grace alone may be new to many modern people, God’s unmerited gracious deliverance of his people is as old as Abraham, even Adam. What is genuinely new news in the Good News (Gospel) proclaimed by Jesus and his Apostles is how God definitively accomplished this gracious salvation in the birth, life, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus the Messiah—especially his ascension and session at the right hand of God the Father as the promised Davidic king. The New Testament makes it clear that the Gospel is summarized in the phrase “Jesus is Lord,” which means the incarnate Son has been elevated to the highest heaven to rule over God’s creation. He can, therefore, be trusted (=faith) to accomplish for us everything God has promised to us—forgiveness of sins, empowerment for living, and a secure place in the new heavens and earth at the resurrection of the dead on the Last Day. This is all truly very good news.” — Pastor Jeff Meyers, Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church
“The gospel is the transforming message of salvation through Jesus Christ for all who repent of their sin and believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord. To understand why a person needs this salvation, we must look at the very beginning of the Bible where we see a holy God creating a perfect world. Humanity was created in God’s image, meant to worship and obey him. Yet we see early on that this perfect world became broken through Adam breaking God’s command. In fact, the Bible tells us that through this act of sin, we all became sinners and fall short of the glory of God. Sin leaves us broken, alienated from God, and deserving of eternal punishment. Yet, because of God’s love for us, God made a way for us to be restored. He did so by sending Jesus, His only Son, to live a perfect life so that He might die as a perfect sacrifice for our sins on the cross. The punishment for sin is death, therefore Jesus had to die in our place as a substitute for us, bearing God’s punishment for our sin. It is through this death and by Christ’s resurrection from the dead that the power of sin and death is defeated. By God’s grace, all who look to Jesus, turning away from sin and putting their faith in Him will be saved and forgiven of their sins. The Bible tells us that all who are saved by God become new creations in Christ, restored from the brokenness of sin, and given the gift of eternal life.” — Aaron Boeving, Bethlehem Christian Academy
“The gospel in its simplest form is Jesus dying for the sins of mankind in order to reconcile the world to himself. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21) 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 lays out the simple formula of the gospel: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures and three days later he was raised. His death in our place pays the penalty for sins that we have committed and his resurrection is vindication that not only did he fulfill the law of God but everything that he said was true. Full salvation will be realized for mankind when the resurrection happens and the souls of the saints who have already died will be reconciled with their bodies, and their bodies will be made brand new like the image of Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15)” — Pastor Martin Winslow, Canaan Baptist Church
All of these paragraphs are great explanations of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are similarities in these paragraphs. All discuss the reality of sin. Mankind is condemned due to its sin and rebellion against a Holy God. All talk about the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God. who lived a sinless life that we could not, and died the death on the cross that we deserved to pay for our sin. All talk about the hope of the resurrection. Jesus being raised from the dead and ascending provides great hope for mankind. We have a high priest who broke the barrier and intercedes for us. Jesus explains through his word, that if we have faith in these truths, that we are saved by his grace alone through this faith alone.
I encourage anyone who would like to discuss this truth further to reach out to me via the contact link of this website or at firstname.lastname@example.org