I live in an area known as the Bible Belt. The majority of the population identifies as Christian and has some exposure to basic Bible principles (regardless of church attendance or religious practices).
However, some Christian leaders fear this may work in a negative way. People are comfortable with their limited knowledge and never truly seek to understand the gospel message.
I was talking with a friend about such issues and he recommend this book. It’s just over a hundred pages and easy to read. However, it is full of useful information and puts the gospel message in a whole new light.
There are four main aspects to the gospel (God, man, Christ, response).
God – God is the creator of all things, he is righteous and just, he will not tolerate sin, and will punish the guilty
Man – All of us are guilty. Sin isn’t just something we do, it is who we are, it is are very nature. Because of our sin nature, we will be held accountable to God.
Christ – Christ provides hope for mankind. He was both fully God and fully man, so he is the only one capable of paying the penalty for our sins. The author sums it up by saying, “He died for me. They were my transgressions, but his wounds. My iniquities, but his chastisement. My sin, his sorrow, And his punishment bought my peace. His stripes won my healing. His grief, my joy. His death, my life.”
Response – The gospel tells us that faith (reliance) on Christ is required for salvation. We are also called to repent (ask forgiveness and turn away) of our sins. Perfection isn’t possible, so repentance is demonstrated by our attitude toward sin. We can no longer live in peace with our sin.
If you desire to gain a better understanding of the Bible and the gospel message, I highly recommend this book.