Declaring the Gospel

We know that we are to communicate the gospel — to speak it, declare it, articulate it, and defend it.  Yet many of us miss opportunities to speak the gospel, as this chart demonstrates:

Part of the reason we don’t tell the gospel is because we don’t know the gospel well enough to say it simply, as Jonathan Parnell notes in “Tell Your Co-Worker the Gospel.”  He would simplify the gospel this way:

The gospel is that Jesus Christ came to the earth to die for our sins, that he was raised from the dead, and is enthroned as Lord of all, and that when we repent and believe in him he brings us into fellowship with God by his Spirit and makes us new creatures fit for a new world.

In one sentence, I say that the gospel is, “Our sin is imputed (accounted) to Christ and Christ’s righteousness is imputed (accounted) to us so that we can enjoy God forever.”

How would you say the gospel in one sentence?

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