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What is the GOSPEL??? Answers from Reformed Evangelist

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on March 12, 2008

Just wanted to give a shout-out to to new sites I discovered and that I think might be beneficial to many.

The First One is “REFORMED EVANGELIST”, which is a site I’m still investigating but that I think would be good for everyone to please consider. This has literally become one of my newest FAVORITE sites to visit, especially seeing the LACK OF EVANGELISM that takes place nowadays in many Reformed Circles as opposed to  THEOLOGICAL DISCUSSIONS ON THE BLOGSPHERE ALONE.

If anyone’s ever heard of the statement that “CALVINIST BELIEVE IN PREDESTINATION AND THEREFORE HAVE NO PURPOSE EVANGELISING or probably don’t believe in it,!!!!!,  then I’d HIGHLY SUGGEST ya’ll hit them up.

In their Words, ”

The Reformed Evangelist blog launched in July of 2006 with a group of theologically reformed evangelists who desired to join the discussion of reformation theology that already existed in the blogosphere, share witnessing encounters and matters of practical evangelism, and affirm that Calvinists make good evangelists (afterall, we’re living proof).

We’ve taught evangelism courses in local churches and preached in church pulpits. Most importantly we share our faith with many people we come in contact with in our daily lives such as mormons, muslims, athiests, satanists, evolutionists, false converts, little old ladies, grocery clerks, waitresses, punk rockers, skateboarders, intellectuals, homosexuals… and all sorts of others. And we’ve never had to compromise the message of the gospel to share our faith.We affirm that salvation is by sola fide–through faith alone; sola gratia – by grace alone; solus Christus – in Christ alone; sola scriptura – according to the Scriptures alone; soli Deo gloria – to the glory of God alone (Rom. 3:21-26; Rom. 10:9-10; Luke 24:46-49). This is the only good news; the narrow way that leads to eternal life. Anything less, no matter how sincere, is just a cheap substitute. When the souls of people are at stake, may we not speak with timidity, uncertainty, or unbiblically. But let us speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:11-16); always ready to give a reason for the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15-16). ”

         For anyone interested in checking out a couple of their articles and videos of them witnessing, go here:

Mahaney on “Reformed AND Charismatic”

Benny Hinn Outreach

http://www.paulkaiser.net/audiosgnn.htm

Campus Outreach – Sacramento State University!

VIDEO: Gay Man Responds When Confronted With Romans 1 VIDEO:”Who Is Wrong? Logically They Can’t All Be Right!”  And here are some of the resources they offer on their page regarding WITNESSING (which in my opinion in a GOLDMINE, with everything from E-BOOKS to ARTICLES and MORE…and here are a couple to investigate):

God’s Wonderful Plan by WOTM TelevisionThe Firefighter by WOTM TelevisionPractice What You Preach by WOTM TelevisionTrue And False Conversion by Ray ComfortWhat Did Jesus Do? by WOTM TelevisionHell’s Best Kept Secret by Ray ComfortOne thing you can’t do in Heaven by Mark Cahill: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Who is Mark Cahill?Here’s something I think everyone should check out from their webpage:

http://reformedevangelist.com/

The Glory Tour Revisited: What Is The Gospel?

Paul Kaiser March 4th, 2008

What Is The Gospel?

Now you may be asking yourself, “Paul are we discussing the “Glory Tour and What Is The Gospel Again”? The answer would be yes, but hey we’ve never addressed the topics in the same post before.

Actually, as of late there has been the rise of discussion in regards to “should I persist in seeking to get my church to evangelize?”,”should I be concerned if my Pastor doesn’t embrace the WOTM method, and “should I consider leaving a chruch that isn’t on fire for evangelism?” So in light of that I think that it is time we cross this bridge once again.

There seems to be this mentality among our circles (Street Evangelists) to have a bent towards thinking that all Christians should be street preachers, and that all churches should be using our methods. I would disagree… Now don’t get me wrong – I believe that all Christians should have a personal witness and that all churches should be evangelistic in their ministry, especially their pulpit ministry.

With that said, I don’t believe that evangelism is a method but rather it is a message and that message is the Gospel. As believers our primary goal is to have a clear understanding of what the Gospel is and how we convey that message to others. Yet even in our circles there is some discussion as to what it entails:

What is the Gospel….? Is it….

1) Law to the proud, and Grace to the humble?
2) The death burial and resurrection of Christ?
3) A story about a Sovereign God of Mercy and Grace?
4) A warning to Sinners of the coming Judgment?
5) A message about deliverance from the power and bondage of SIN?
6) A message of divine election and providence?

The list can go on and on but for your sakes I’ll exercise brevity. However I would say that the Gospel is and includes all of these things and more!

Many of us have struggled with this situation time and time again. We all know what it is like to be part of “club frustration” You know, you’ve been trying to sound the alarm: trying to get others to join you on the streets, pass out tracts throughout their daily lives, put on training classes to equip the local church for the work of the ministry and trying to convince your Pastoral staff that they should be the ones out in front raising a banner high and incorporating walking sinners through each one of the 10C’s in every Gospel presentation and from the pulpit each Lord’s Day!

Now, I know that some may get offended by what I’m about to say but please hear me out. I begin by saying that I have nothing against the WOTM method, Living Waters Ministries, Ray Comfort or Kirk Cameron.

Let it be known that we all owe a great deal of gratitude to Ray and Kirk and more importantly a huge praise and thanks to God for raising up men like them to bring a teaching that may not have reached many of us in the modern church and truly by the Grace of God it was used as a means of the Holy Spirit to bring conviction to the hearts of those who were lost and decieved by the modern gospel….

So, to that I think we all say AMEN!

But when it comes to measuring the fidelity of a church or Pastor what should we look for? That he embraces our methodology? That he uses the term “Law to the Proud and Grace to the Humble”? That he uses the Good Test from the pulpit? That he goes out and street preaches or that he shares the same convictions about HBKS that we do?

What do we do about the Pastor that is a faithful humble servant to his congregation, is a student of the Holy Scriptures, preaches and teaches doctine and theology in their purest forms, has an evangelistic pulpit ministry -calling sinners to come to Christ, and preaches the whole counsel of God: His love, mercy, grace, compassion, holiness, righteousness, judgment, – hell, sin, regeneration, sanctification, justification, and faith – but doesn’t see that our methods are for everyone, though he doesn’t condem but rather encourages us in what we do? (there has to be some type of crime I just committed for using such a long run on sentence!)

Now, it’s one thing if our local church is steeped in the modern gospel, and doctrine and theology are not held to a Biblical standard. If this is the case in your situation you have a far greater problem than just getting the pastor invested in evangelism.

Would we ever consider using the same criteria for such Pastors as John MacArthur, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, or D. James Kennedy (Evangelism Explosion)?

My point is a simple one: We should judge a church on doctrinal fidelity. Our assesments should be – does the church hold to the faith once and for all handed down to the saints? It breaks my heart to see the unneeded burden we put ourselves under by trying to fit pastors and their pulpit ministry into a particular evangelism methodology box. Personally, I don’t even think the staff at Living Waters would want us doing such a thing.

Let’s get back to basics: “What Is The Gospel?”

We should let the Gospel be the determining factor as to if we stay in a church or not. I hear so many say, “My pastor is right on, if I could only get him to embrace Biblical Evangelism!” Hold on just a minute!!! If your pastor is “right on”, though he may not use the Good Person Test every Lord’s Day, he will be accurate in conveying the Biblical Gospel and thus he will be practicing Biblical Evangelism – Bringing a knowledge of sin against a Holy, Righteous, and Just God. He will be preaching the realities of Hell and moreover he will be pointing the way to how we (sinners) can find freedom from our burden of guilt and condemnation, being delivered from the bondage of sin and that way is nothing less than being found in Christ!

If your pastor measures up to the biblical standard and is fulfilling his call by all means embrace that fellowship, pray for him, and continue to be a faithful witness in the streets. You never know maybe he will join you out there to support with prayer if not to take a round on the soap box. Be grateful, we can never have enough prayer support when confronting sin in the market place!

On the other hand if he is pedeling a false gospel: Telling people about a Wonderful Plan, saying that Jesus wants to give us riches, and/or not bringing the knowledge of sin and repentence towards a Holy God – then my suggestion would be run him through the Good Person Test and if he hardens his heart…. Knock the dust off of your feet!

Now that’s “Law to the Proud and Grace to the Humble!”

It is always good for us to not only preach the Gospel to others but as Christians we should be constantly under the preaching of the Gospel ourselves. So in that light I offer a few sermons as a refresher to “What Is The Gospel?” May our great God and King be glorified in all we do!

Pastor John MacArthur

How Can We Witness If We Don’t Know What The Gospel Is?

Pastor William Downing – His introduction to a 29 Part Series

What Is The Gospel? Introduction pt. 1
What Is The Gospel? Introduction pt. 2

The Entire Series Can Be Found Here – A Must Listen!

Albert N. Martin – What Is The Gospel?

What Is The Gospel pt. 1
What Is The Gospel pt. 2
What Is The Gospel pt. 3

Brother Paul Washer – What Is The Gospel

What Is The Gospel? pt. 1
What Is The Gospel? pt. 2

May we all grow in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…

Soli Deo Gloria!

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2 Responses to “What is the GOSPEL??? Answers from Reformed Evangelist”

  1. Emissary!

    How providential is our God… I actually saw your comments on another Blog discussing “Porn and the marriage bed…” I’ll save my comments on that topic…
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    I thank you for featuring my article and links to our blog… It has been my long desire for the “Black Reformed” community to frequent our blog and hopefully listen to our podcast that airs on Sunday evenings – Call in live we’d love to talk to you.
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    I pray you will find that we are sound and biblically solid in our theology and approach to the Great Commission.
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    May this article equip and strengthen your readers.
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    SOLI DEO GLORIA!

  2. It’s hard to come by knowledgeable people on this topic, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking
    about! Thanks

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