Today’s Scripture: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
If you only had one minute to share the gospel, could you? What would you say? Is it even possible to give the gospel in such a short amount of time? I believe it is something every believer can do, and we all should be ready for such an opportunity.
A giant of the faith, Dr. John Whitcomb, recorded an audio segment titled, “The Gospel in One Minute.” The transcribed text is below:
“Friend, wherever you are, whoever you are, in this world today, you, as well as I, have the image of God indelibly imprinted on our innermost being from creation. That means we are capable of listening and responding to the gracious, loving, invitation of God to believe in His beloved Son Jesus Christ, who died for our sins on the cross and rose again, and thus to receive the gift of eternal life. Remember this promise — God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him — just believes — you don’t have to earn it, you don’t have to deserve it — just believe — will have now, and forever, everlasting life. Yes, just as we read in Acts chapter four verse twelve — there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved. Do you know the Savior? Have you trusted in Him? Have you accepted His love gift of eternal life based on what He has accomplished for us all on the cross of Calvary two thousand years ago?”
The best place in Scripture to find the gospel in a concise fashion is in our verses today. Notice in verse one that this “gospel” that he preached, they had received. In verse three, it is the same gospel he had received. Then he finished verse three with defining what he and they had received – Christ died for our sins.
“…he was buried, and that he rose again the third day….”
From the above passage, I believe we can get the gospel down to one short sentence of only 8 words: Jesus Christ died for our sins and arose. Let’s make it a point to be able to share this quickly and concisely when necessary.
Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.