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The Five Second Gospel

Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg state in their book “Becoming a Contagious Christian” that;

“There are many aspects of God’s nature that we could study, but He has three characteristics that are especially relevant in evangelism.”

· God is loving

· God is holy

· God is just

God’s Message – “The Five-Second Gospel”

“God loves us, we blew it, Christ paid for it, and we must receive Him.

The Four Key Characters:

Character 1: God. “God loves us.”

· God is loving. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (1st John 4:16b)

· God is holy. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of His glory.” (Isaiah 6:3)

· God is just. The Lord is known by His justice. (Psalm 9:16a)

Character 2: Us. “We blew it.”

· Humans were originally created good, but we became sinful. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

· We deserve death. For the wages of sin is death. (Romans 6:23a)

· We are spiritually helpless. All of us become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6a)

Character 3: Christ. “Christ paid for it.”

· Christ is God, who also became man. Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, (was) made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5b-7b)

· Christ dies as our substitute. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. (1st Peter 3:18a)

· Christ offers His forgiveness as a gift. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Character 4: You. “We must receive Him.”

· We must respond. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. (John 1:12)

· We receive Him by asking Christ to be our forgiver and leader. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1st John 1:9) But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord (1st Peter 3:15a)

· The result of receiving Him is our spiritual transformation by the Holy Spirit. What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun. (2nd Corinthians 5:17 NLT)