Back to Basics

29 Aug

“If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and the Father.” 1 John 2:24 

Life can get complicated, and sometimes we can forget the importance of going back to the basics. One of the first verses most Christians memorize is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

The gospel has never changed. Christ died for sinners and made a way for us to have a relationship with God. Romans 3:25 explains, “For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.” (NLT)

That’s it! The gospel is so beautifully simple. We were separated from God through sin. Christ came and lived a sinless life and sacrificed Himself as the spotless lamb, removing our sin so that we can reconnect with God. When we believe that He did this for us, we are saved. (Romans 10:9)

Many of us learned the basics of the gospel in Sunday school as little children. We sang “The B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the Book for me. I stand alone on the Word of God, the B-I-B-L-E.” The Bible is our source for truth, and we need to watch for any teacher who argues for something that isn’t supported in the Bible.

The old hymns are great at weaving in the basic doctrines of the faith. Amazing Grace was written by John Newton in 1779, yet the words still proclaim the grace that the Father showed in sending us His Son:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

that saved a wretch like me!

I once was lost, but now am found

was blind but now I see!

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