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The Gospel in a Nutshell

Our Human Dilemma Today, wherever we go, the world is in trouble. Men and women everywhere are seeking the solution to insurmountable moral, personal, social, national, and international problems. Underneath is a longing to know the real meaning of life and the future. People are asking where the world came from, how life began, why men are continually at war, and why there is so much hatred between various races and ethnic groups. Is there no hope for lasting peace? Why is human nature torn between ideals and actions, between hope for something better and the perverse inclination to do something worse? Unaided by some power outside of himself, man has never been able to find a satisfactory answer to these problems. But there is hope. Implanted in every human heart is a measure of faith, a desire to worship some higher power, a desire to seek after God. God indeed has the answers. ‘What Must I Do?’ His wonderful plan of salvation is revealed through His Word, the Bible. In Matthew, the

The Gospel in a nutshell

"Gospel" means good news. We will avoid, for now, the concept of "God the Father – Jesus the Son" which you may find difficult if your experience of a father was unhappy or non existent. God came to live in a human body on this earth and reveal his solution to our problems. While in Human form he was called Jesus (in English) In his native language he was called Yeshua, which means, "God saves". When he started his teaching and healing ministry he announced his "Mission Statement" by reading the words of the prophet Isaiah (chapter 61.) The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-- to bestow on them a c