Today’s Scripture: For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again on the third day according to the scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

Here at Quentin Road, the gospel is everything to us. Unfortunately, many churches today have taken this message of good news and have made it very difficult to comprehend. God didn’t give us a complicated manual, He gave us His Son. Can you give the gospel in 8 words? I will give you three illustrations of why you should be able to do so:
  • There once was a military chaplain who asked a recruit for the Chaplaincy what he would say to a dying man who only had one minute to live. He stammered about, and at the last second, pulled out a prayer book to hand to the dying man. “Son, this man needs to know about his soul’s eternal destiny, not how to read a prayer book!” exclaimed the chaplain. Needless to say, the recruit did not get that post. What would you say to a man with only a minute to live?
  • A man on flight 961 unbuckled his seat belt in the middle of a hijacked flight and shared the gospel as the plane ran out of fuel. If you were on that airplane as it was going down and you had one minute to tell all those around you the message of hope, what would you say?
  • One Bible college professor prepared his class this way: “Take out a piece of paper. You have one minute to share the gospel with a stranger.” He clicked his stopwatch. “When finished, pass your paper to your neighbor. Grade your neighbor’s paper with the grade Heaven or Hell.” What would your grade be if you were challenged to share the gospel with a stranger in one minute?
Jesus Christ died for our sins and arose! That is the gospel-clear, simple, and untarnished. It is the message of hope in 8 words. Paul preached what he had received directly from God Himself, without contamination. All the people had to do was receive it. (John 1:12) The Scripture did not say, “But to as many as were baptized, gave money to the church, and attended faithfully have received salvation.” It says, “…to them that believe.” So why are we afraid to share the most simple, powerful, life-changing message on earth?

If someone was trapped inside a burning building, no one would think it odd for you to rescue them. Every day, people’s souls are in danger of a much hotter flame, one that will last for all eternity. Don’t hesitate to boldly proclaim the truth-it only takes 8 words and one minute of your day. Let’s use every moment we are given because this world is running out of time.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.