The Gospel

If you read only one thing on this blog, please let it be this.  The following is a brief explanation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as I understand it.

I like to break the Gospel down into three parts that coordinate nicely with the Trinity (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).

The Father: God is perfect and there is no sin in His Kingdom (Heaven).  To enter his Kingdom you need to be perfect as well.  The problem is that none of us are perfect.  Since Adam and Eve all people have sinned and “fall short of the glory of God.”

The Son: Thankfully there is a way for sinners like us to enter into heaven that satisfies God’s requirements.  Jesus died on the cross for our sins and washes them away from our record.  In the Father’s sight we are made perfect and sinless.  All we have to do is believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Lord and Savior.

The Holy Spirit: Good works are not a requirement for admission into Heaven.  They are, however, a natural result of our appreciation for what the Lord has done for us.  Allowing Jesus to become our Lord means that we submit ourselves to His will and promise to strive to be more like him.  This is an impossible task to accomplish by ourselves, but the Lord himself takes up residence in our soul in the form of the Holy Spirit in order to guide us along our way.

I strong urge you to pray about this to the Lord.  Ask Him to make these things clear to you and if you are ready to accept Him, please pray for him to become Lord of your life.  If you have further questions, please seek out guidance from someone you know and respect.  You are welcome to contact me with questions as well.  God bless.

3 thoughts on “The Gospel

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  2. Hi Jeff,

    I’m a long time reader of Celtics blog and your writings, and a fellow Christian out here in the Jersey Shore. Just want to let you know that I am encouraged by your witness to the faith. I’m originally a Knicks fan back in grade school Ewing era, then stopped NBA altogether the second the Knicks got bad after the 2000 finals. I became a Celtics fan when the big 3 trade happen. But mainly now, I’m a fan of NBA storylines, especially Nets, Celtics, and Knicks, then East Coast Teams. I barely watch games, just read NBA blogs/news.

    Wondering if you have any advice or can recommend any books or testimonies regarding in overcoming addiction to sporting news? I know that God calls us to love him with our whole heart, mind, spirit, and soul. But I find myself having my mind consumed to basketball news rather than the Good News. Or whenever I’m stressed (at work), I escape by looking up basketball news, rather than going to God in prayer. It’s like I try to find my joy in basketball news rather than in God; like I don’t trust that God can make me happy or satisfy my deepest longings so I end up trying to find it in the world (i.e. basketball). I know it’s only by God’s grace that I can overcome any weakness, it’s just the how (to access that grace) that I’m confused about.

    Yours in Christ,

    Eric

  3. Hey Eric, thanks for the kind words. That’s convicting because at times I find myself having the same issues with priorities and focus. I’d say it is a mild form of idol worship any time you put something ahead of the Lord. I don’t think I’d make that a direct correlation, but you can see how putting the Lord first should always be our priority. Maybe look for teachings on that subject. Hope that helps. God bless.

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