The world we live in today is marked by spiritual decay and disorientation. The darkness grows ever more rapidly around us.
It’s a huge problem, but one that comes with an incredible opportunity to provide answers of hope, freedom and peace.
Sadly, when people turn to the church for answers, they too often walk away disenchanted and disappointed. I wrote about this in Simple Gospel, Simply Grace.
[The Church's] influence in the culture is waning. Her own morals are decaying. She seems to be losing ground at every turn.
What’s the problem? That’s the great dilemma of the day.
It has left many of the leaders within the church scratching their heads in frustration and grasping at straws to fix the problem. We’ve tried to regain our clout through political means. We’ve added the flavor of relevance to the message to make it palatable. We’ve moved from traditional to contemporary services. We’ve used the power of “celebrity” to harness attention.
Maybe the problem is that we’ve lost our first love. Maybe we’ve lost sight of the goal of the Good News. Maybe we’ve become so enamored with the gifts of grace that we’ve missed the giver. Maybe we’ve lost sight of our greatest asset.
That last sentence really gets at the heart of the problem. We have lost sight of our greatest asset. The Apostle John spoke of this in his first letter: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7).
Our greatest asset is the knowledge of God. And this isn’t merely an intellectual ascent to his existence. This is genuine heart knowledge that God is love.
Think back to the time before you heard the Good News and trusted Jesus Christ. What did you think about God?
How did you describe Him? What did you think He thought about you?
The story of the Gospel is this: Through new birth, the truth about God was deposited into you. As John wrote, “Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart” (1 John 5:10). This is what distinguishes you from the world.
As a believer, you know the love of God. You know His mercy and grace. You know His forgiveness. You know His life and His presence.
But sadly, the Church has lost sight of this mind-boggling truth. It’s time to restore this truth!
The Apostle John wrote these words about Jesus: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4, 5).
Jesus is the One who pierces the darkness of this world with the light of His life. And to be sure, the world is a dark place. It runs on a system that is anti-God and anti-Jesus. This is the way it has been since the fall of man. It will continue to be this way until Jesus returns.
Our job in this world is to live as children of light, offering up the hope of Jesus to those lost and dead in sin. He is the answer!
In this time of spiritual confusion, Basic Gospel has put together a plan to Get the Word Out so more desperately needy people can connect with Jesus. And already, we are seeing the plan pay dividends as evidenced in this recent e-mail to the ministry.
I have been a Christian for many years now, but coming across your program on WMCA-570 has helped to answer questions that have puzzled me for quite a while. I was embarrassed to ask friends and my pastor, feeling I should know the answers to these questions. The questions coming through your program while listening to the radio have been an answer to prayer. Not only have some of my questions been answered, but I have realized that I am not the only seasoned Christian who still has questions about the Basics. Therefore, thank you, gentlemen, for all you do and the sacrifices to declare the wonderful news of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Our Get the Word Out plan is a two-year initiative that we believe will result in the greatest impact in allowing Basic Gospel to:
- Expand radio coverage to cover the top 100 population centers in the U.S. Set up a Basic Gospel video channel featuring 100 Answers to Life’s Most Challenging Questions. Grow our social media network to 100,000 followers Publish and provide valuable resources for the purpose of connecting people with the love of Christ.
- Thank you for your faithful support. You are building into others, investing in the way of life Jesus died and rose again to bring. You are part of a select group of people who have given over 55% of all funds received the past two years. Words cannot express the lasting impact you are having in people's lives or the gratitude we have for all that you do to spread the good news that Jesus is alive.
- Here's the challenge going forward. To Get the Word Out to more and more people will require more support from our loyal friends. The projected cost to finance these expansion opportunities is an additional $1.2 million over the next two years. This is a most exciting time for us to meet head-on the growing need within our culture for the basic Gospel.
Your monthly gifts are vital in sustaining this outreach. And your generosity will be key to getting the Word out to more and more people in the future. Thank you again for the wonderful ministry you provide.
In His light and life,
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