Gospel power

‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.’

Romans 1:16 NIV

Paul tells us the gospel ‘is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.’ The Greek word for ‘power’ is dynamics, and we get our word dynamite from that. That shows just how much impact the gospel can have. We can so easily forget that the gospel has power. We can view it as a nice story of God’s rescue, and forget that it’s actually truth. And not just truth, but truth that can bring about transformation in our lives. When we hear the gospel, it has the power to lead us to Jesus and His promise of eternal life. It has the power to change how we live our lives, and can set us on a new path. It can change our hearts. The Bible says: ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV). The gospel changes people profoundly. And we shouldn’t keep it to ourselves. The people around us need to hear it, so let’s make sure we’re looking for opportunities to share it with them. Jesus told His disciples: ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19 NIV). That’s what we’re called to do too. We might worry we don’t have the right words to say, but the gospel has the words we need. And we shouldn’t be going about telling people they’re sinners. When they understand the gospel for themselves, they will recognize where they’re going wrong and naturally want to make a change. Our job is simply to share the gospel, and let God do the rest.

What now?

Share the gospel with someone this week. Tell them the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and that there is a God who loves them and has a purpose for them.

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