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Basic Gospel: Just a Minute! with Bob Christopher


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Friday, March 23, 2018

Bob Christopher

Recently, an influential pastor said that the belief that Jesus is the only way to heaven is "insanity." Needless to say, his words have reignited the debate about the exclusive claims of Christ.

And they are exclusive. And here's why. We were spiritually dead and in need of life. That is and was man's problem. And there is not a law, or a religious system that can make us alive spiritually. Only Jesus can, because he is the only one who has life to give. As He said, I have come so that you might have life and have it abundantly.

It is as simple as this. If you have the Son you have life. If you don't have the Son, you don't have life. Let's be bold in declaring that there is one way to be made alive and that is by grace, through faith in Jesus.


Judgment Day - Thursday, March 22, 2018

What is God going to say about you on the Day of Judgment?

Many believers live in fear that he is going to flash every sinful deed and thought on the heavenly video screen for all to see. But that's not true. In this New Covenant, God remembers your sins no more. They are gone as far as the east is from the west. Your sins are not going to be a part of your eternal story.

Why? Because your story is one that has been written by grace through faith in Jesus. To see what I mean, read Hebrews 11. Just as God commended those saints of old for their faith, he is going to commend you for your faith in Jesus Christ. And that's good news.

A Priest Forever - Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Did you know that Jesus Christ is your high priest? According to the law, he shouldn't be. Priests came through the line of Levi, not the line of Judah. But God declared him to be a priest, and to be a priest forever.

Now this is important, because when there is a change in the priesthood, there is a change in the law as well. As a matter of fact, a change in the priesthood necessitated a change in the law. So when Christ died, offering himself as the final sacrifice to take away our sins, he did what was necessary.

He set aside the first covenant to establish the New Covenant. And this is the covenant you live in today. A covenant in which God remembers you sins no more.

Deniers - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

What do you call people who... Deny God's involvement in everyday life. Who deny that there is a resurrection of the dead. Who do not believe in an afterlife. Or in angels or a spiritual realm. Back in Jesus's day, these were the Sadducees.

Now this is strange because the Sadducees were religious. They held the strong conviction that only the written word, the first five books of the Bible, was the word of God. They even maintained the Temple. But they could not see beyond the here and now. Or their own self-sufficiency.

I bet you meet people like this everyday. Let me encourage you to pray for them and ask God to open their eyes to see the life and hope and forgiveness that is in Christ Jesus.

Grace is the Message - Monday, March 19, 2018

If the church has lost its voice in the world today, maybe this e-mail I received gives us the reason. The gentleman wrote, "I've been going to a church for 25 years. In all that time I have never heard a sermon on God's grace."

This is downright sad. That a person has been involved in a church and has never heard about the grace of God that redeemed him... That took away his sins and forgave him once and for all... That made him alive in Christ... That will teach him to say no to sin and to live a righteous upright life...

That will sustain him through thick and thin. Grace is our message to the world. And it is the good news. And I certainly hope you are getting a full dose every week at your church. And right now that's certainly what the world needs to hear.

Why Did Jesus Come? - Friday, March 16, 2018

Why did Jesus come? Let me ask, how would you answer?

Well you don't have to figure that out on your own. Jesus listed out the reasons. In John 10:10 He said that he came that you might have life. Hebrews 10:7 says that He came to do the will of his father.

In John 1:18, he said that he came to make the Father known. And when he stood before Pilate, he said that he had come to testify to the truth. He added, everyone on the side of truth listens to me. Are you on the side of truth? If so you will know why Jesus came...

Because you will know that you are alive in Him. And that Jesus carried out the will of God and made you holy and righteous in His sight. And that the truth about His Father is this – that God is love.

Walk in New Life - Thursday, March 15, 2018

In college, most of my science professors denied the existence of God. Or at least, they didn't think he was relevant to the human story.

No, they were a part of a growing group of intellectuals that believed science could explain everything in our world. Stephen Hawking summed up this mindset when he said, "One can't prove that God doesn't exist, but science makes God unnecessary. The laws of physics can explain the universe without the need for a creator."

Here is the problem; they haven't found the law of physics that can explain the resurrection of Jesus. To them it's merely religious foolishness.

One day I hope they will see otherwise and will discover what you and I have discovered; that just as Christ was raised from the dead, you have been raised to walk in new life.

Jesus is the Truth - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Have you seen the latest New York Times ad campaign?

It's a series of 19 statements about truth. Things they believe that characterizes their journalism in a world cluttered with fake news.

The final four statements of the ad caught my attention.

-The truth is under attack

-The truth is worth defending

-The truth requires taking a stand

-The truth is more important than ever.

These statements beg the question, what is the truth?

Well, if you are believer, you know the answer.

Jesus is the truth. That is a hard reality for the world to accept. One they are pushing back against. But let's not waver. Let's take our stand on Christ and give a solid defense for the Gospel Because Jesus is more important than ever.

Rock Solid Faith - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My friend Rich passed away recently. A rare lung disease along with an aggressive cancer took his life. Before he died, I asked him if he was afraid.

In Rich like fashion, he said, "What do I have to be afraid of?"

He was ready to see Jesus. And when he took his last breath, he did so with peace in his heart. My friend is absent from the body now, and present with the Lord. I will miss him. But I will always remember his final week. He faced his impending death with rock solid faith in Jesus and a hope that could not be shaken.

That's the power of the Gospel. I pray that it is bringing to you a rock solid faith and an unshakeable hope to you as you face the circumstances of your daily life."

Because He Was Raised - Monday, March 12, 2018

All of Christianity rests on this one single truth – Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. But what if it didn't happen, as the skeptics have suggested? What would this mean to you?

If Jesus was not raised, then faith is merely a word, of no value to you or anyone else. Your faith would be futile, useless, and empty.

If the story never happened, you've believed a lie. If it is a lie, you are still dead in your sins, lost. And without hope in this world.

But Jesus was raised. And because he was raised, you have been born again into a living hope and raised to walk in the newness of life.

And you can say along with Paul, "But thanks be to God! He gives me the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).

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