"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our Lord stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

14 August 2006

The Gospel According to Me

For many years I believed in what I will call “The Gospel According to Me”. It was based on a general belief in a God with no real substance. He was the God of my own creation, a big teddy bear in the sky who let all the “good people” go to heaven. I believed that simply because it worked for me.

But during my late twenties I slowly became interested in the Bible. I bought a book from the bookstore bargain table which described some of the people in the Bible. At the same time TNT ran a few miniseries on some Bible stories while A&E had “Mysteries of the Bible” (which I don’t recommend now). As my interest continued to build (which was God calling me) I eventually attended church with my boyfriend at the time (now my husband) and we both accepted Christ as our Savior. The details are a bit blurry but I know that my transformation was sudden and dramatic, and I felt like a blind person who was suddenly given the gift of sight.

What I learned from the Bible those first few months after accepting Christ was that I now had a way to learn about God. He wasn’t that big teddy bear in the sky anymore, he was something much bigger and much better. He was the creator of the universe, yet he loved me and wanted to have a personal relationship with me. He was perfect and holy while I was sinner, yet he had a plan to take care of all that.

In my life I don’t run into too many atheists. Most of the people I know that aren’t believers have their own version of “The Gospel According to Me”. Usually their God is similar to what my God was before I was saved. The problem is, we can’t each have our own God. There either is a God or there isn’t. And if there is a God, then his characteristics can not be left to our own choosing. We must find the truth and not relying on what feels right.

So what I would like to do is share my knowledge of the one true God. The God that revealed himself to me through his Bible and has been faithful to me ever since. I think this will be a multi-part series, but I am sorta winging it right now.

I would like to start with my own version of what is God all about. Basically, what did Jesus do and why (a paraphrased version of the Gospel that I like to use to give people a starting point). From there I would like to move into the Gospel message directly from the Bible. And then I’m not sure where we will go from there – maybe talk about the Bible some more.

I have a lot of topics I would like to post on but as usual, time is a factor. I will eventually get to Sola Scriptura and also talk more about the doctrine of justification. And I would still like to do a post or two on Galatians. But for now I’d like to focus on the basics of the Gospel message and what it means to me. More to come.


e-Mom said...

Nice idea! Some of your testimony, and also the Gospel message. I look forward to reading more...

Reformed Mama said...

i can't wait to read more.

your blog reminds me of my church history and my theology classes. :)

Anonymous said...

my own history was much different than yours, yet we all are in Christ - God leads us in different ways, yet offers us all "Blessed Assurance".

I'm looking forward to more of your story.

T. Suzanne Eller said...

I like your website. Blessings!

Suzanne Eller

Moonshadow said...

Very well-written post and excellent plan for presentation.

eph2810 said...

I am looking forward reading more. Thank you for your simple yet powerful message. :)
I have to say that for me personally, the Gospel of Luke is my favorite, not sure why though...
Have a blessed day in the Lord.

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