For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Romans 1:16
This is the gist of the Gospel: All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). Because of that sin we deserve death (Romans 6:23). In God’s great mercy He sent forth His only Son Jesus Christ to provide for sinners the way of eternal life (John 3:16). Eternal life Is a free gift to all who will trust in Christ as Lord and Savior, (Ephesians 2:8-9, Acts 16:31 and Romans 10:9-13).
We are made right by God–not by our works or efforts, not by our good deeds, but by faith alone. The only way you can receive the benefit of Christ’s life and death is by putting your trust in what Jesus has done. You do that, you’re declared just by God, you’re adopted into His family, you’re forgiven of all of your sins, you are given a new heart to serve Him, along with the power of the Holy Spirit to walk out the Christian life. And in the end, final and everlasting joy awaits those who believe in Heaven.
This is good news, which is what “gospel” means. And there is power in this message. There isn’t power in fancy presentations, good speakers, slick tracts or emotion evoking music. In 1 Corinthians 1:18 Paul writes it this way: “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” And in verses 22-24 he goes on to say, “Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
When you explain the Gospel to people, some will try to shame you because you believe in Jesus or that you think there is such a thing as truth at all. Jesus endured shame, and so will we. People will think it is foolishness and they will look to other things to save themselves. But no, not us. We know that this message of Jesus paying the price for our sins is what saved us, and we know that it will save those whose hearts are tuned to listen and receive God’s gift of grace.
We won’t back peddle from it, or go to an easier message that doesn’t even mention sin, or hell, or self denial. We don’t change it to make the message less offensive or easier to listen to. There is no power in that. People’s lives won’t change. This power is not only what saves us, but it is what keeps us. God’s power is what keeps us following Him until the end.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that people come to Jesus by funny or emotional stories, by fancy equipment, or by polished speakers. The power of the Gospel is put into the hands of humble servants who know its capabilities and then present it in any way, shape and form that they can.