The following letter was given out to all those attending our Vacation Bible School Commencement last night at West Broadway Baptist Church. It essentially contains my notes for the gospel presentation which I shared during the program. I wanted everyone to be able to take this home and look over it and I’m praying that God will use His gospel to the salvation of souls.
The theme of this year’s Bible school was: “Set Sail – Spread the Good News!” But what is the good news that we are called upon to spread. The “good news” is the gospel! In fact that is the definition of the Greek word found in the New Testament evangel which is translated gospel. It is “good news”! Well, one of the songs which the kids sang this week explains in very simple terms what the gospel message is. The songs three verses basically said the following:
“Set Sail Spread the Good News!”
1. “That God the Father is the Lord of Love.”
2. “That Jesus Christ came down and died for me.”
3. “Christ rose again and lives eternally.”
This is essentially the way that the apostle Paul defined the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. There we read:
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you — unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Let’s consider the “Good News” that the children sang about this week for just a few minutes:
First, the song said the “Good News” consists of the fact that “God the Father is the Lord of Love.” This is amazingly good news, because we do not deserve God’s love. In reality, we deserve God’s wrath because we have each rebelled against our Creator (Romans 3:23, 6:23). He has the divine right to put us all in hell eternally, and He will if we do not trust in Jesus! You see God’s love is shown to us ultimately in the person and work of His Son Jesus Christ.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. 1 John 3:16
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
This is the “Good News” that the children sung about: “That Jesus came down and died for me!” In order to be saved you must first of all believe that you are sinner who needs to be saved, then you must also believe that Jesus Christ died to save sinners!
But Christ did not stay in the grave! The final stanza of the song says: “Christ rose again and lives eternally.” This is an important part of the gospel message, as we saw in 1 Corinthians 15:1-4. According to Romans 10:9, this fact must be believed and confessed in order to be saved. There the Bible says,
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Let me plead with you now to believe this “good news” and “you will be saved”!
Steve Weaver, pastor
West Broadway Baptist Church
* All scripture quotations are taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.