When we talk about the Gospel, we think of how someone becomes a Christian. Once you believe in Jesus, then you need to learn how to live a Christian life.
There is some truth in this, but there is also something really wrong.
The Gospel is not just for the beginning of the Christian life. It is for the whole Christian life.
This just means that God’s love and care for us is our foundation, and we need to hear about it again and again. As the Apostle Paul said, “It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you” (Phil. 3:1). We always need to go back to this starting point.
What does this look like?
Someone’s job is coming to an end, and they don’t have a plan as to what to do. They need help in finding a job, but they also need to hear, “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).
A husband is frustrated with how his wife speaks to him and feels like she does not respect him. He needs guidance in how to communicate better with his wife, but he also needs to hear that the foundation of his worth as a man is not in his wife but in God “who created him in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Eph. 2:10) and wants to partner with him in service.
Two siblings have been in a fight. Even in the midst of this, they need to hear that God still loves them. “You are the beloved’s, and his desire is for you” (Song of Solomon 7:10).
This is really the first thing we need to hear. God loves us, values us, and wants to use us.
As you speak to people about various problems and especially as you talk to your children, remind them that they are loved and valued by God. This continues to be the first thing that people need to hear.