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This is the gospel, from Mark Driscoll:

God

God exists. He is the triune God: Father, Son, and Spirit. He is infinite and sovereign and has always been. He is the very definition of good. He is the Creator who made this world and us. He made us for relationship with Him, that we would revel in His grace by enjoying Him and the creation He put us in.

Man

Man chose to reject God and choose our own way. Each of us have turned our backs on the one true God and chosen sin, chosen to seek our joy in the creation and in what defames God’s name. So we are diseased by sin. We are dead in our sin. We are lost and away from God. We now hide from him. We have no taste for His goodness. Our trajectory is a place called hell – cut off, dark, alone, in painful fire, separated from Him just like we wanted. We have no hope in ourselves.

Jesus

Jesus, the Son, is sent to rescue us. He was not ashamed to call himself our brother. He willing came as a human, in flesh. He walked in our shoes not as a rich king but a poor carpenter, born in a stinky manger. He taught and showed us the very character of the Father in 3 key years among us. He ultimately demonstrated who God is by dying a gruesome and horrible death, being crucified on a cross, as a payment and atonement for all of our sin. He took our baggage and rejection of God on Himself. He took our deserving of hell on himself. He showed us God still wants us. He showed us that there is now a way back to God. He played the ultimate trump card that God truly loves us and wants to restore our joy in Him.

Response

So now the choice is before us. Jesus’s death on the cross calls us to a response. Will we reject His death on the cross for us? Or will we confess our desperate need for him, for his offered forgiveness and relinquish our fight to rule our own lives (to our own demise). Will we choose the life offered in Jesus, or the death offered by our own way, our own rule? Will we let him be Dad? There is no middle ground. Jesus’ call is not on our terms but his. The Father offers us everything through his Son: the family we were made for, forgiveness of every hideous act or thought we ever had, life, and an inheritance and heaven waiting for us, but, most of all, He offers us the best thing in the world, Himself. Our hunger, thirst, loneliness, our nostalgia & ache, and our desire for eternity all point to His offer. He alone can satisfy. So He calls us, holds our HIs hands to us, knocks on the door of our hearts, and whispers to us, ultimately through His Word, The Bible. But He is our King, Savior, and treasure, or He is not.

Have you heard his voice? Will you respond to Him? Will you live with Him and in Him instead of hiding and running to your own death and destruction? Will you take his hand? Will you accept Jesus’ death on the cross for your sin and call him your brother?

By God’s grace, I made this choice almost 16 years ago and haven’t looked back. He spoke to me and broke into my life. I felt his pursuit and couldn’t help but respond. It hasn’t been easy and there have been times of fog and darkness and being overwhelmed by my own sin and the evil within, but He is good and the best thing that ever happened to me. As much as I struggle as a parent with my own selfishness getting in the way, there is ultimately only one thing I want for them: to know and respond to Jesus’ offer and to walk in life enjoying Him. There is nothing else that matters apart from that. For all of us.

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (Romans 3:21-26 ESV)

Also check out What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert

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The question so much of the time for me is: Does it really need to be this hard? Why does life have to be such a battle? Why can’t life be easier? I love Jesus and my joy has grown immensely since I met Him over 15 years ago, but still, life is hard. I deserve better! I deserve more good than struggle! My life is very blessed and yet I can battle these questions watching others deal with immensely difficult external and internal evil and pain. I have also grieved and felt the sting of death. But I can still feel like I deserve an easier and less painful life, or at least desire it so much so for others. Am I being too honest here? A major idol for me is comfort. Why can’t my life be all leisure and as much reading time and film viewing and nice slow meals with my wife and play time with my kids without feeling tired? This is so what my flesh screams for and thinks I deserve above anything and anyone else. Many of my struggles in my home flow out of this. But the other night, I saw the below video clip and it crushed me. Apart from Jesus, what do I deserve? Hell. Our depravity is deeper than we can imagine. Simply ignoring and watering it down and being passive and calling it someone else’s problem makes me feel like I deserve to be utterly crushed and obliterated by God. How can this be happening? How? Be aware, the video below is extremely graphic.

Don’t waste my time with arguments that this is fake. Take it up with them. It’s real. It’s happening. It’s been happening for a long time now. How do I deal with this? What is a proper response? How do you think God feels about this? He doesn’t see some short 3 minute clip, He sees it all and has seen it all. As my wife told me after watching this, how does God restrain Himself from stepping in and giving us all what we deserve? His restraint towards me is truly amazing.

None is righteous, no, not one;    no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.”

“Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

“Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Romans 3:10-18 ESV)

Only by the Blood of Jesus.

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