Understanding the gospel means we must understand the problem that the gospel solves. While the word gospel means “good news,” understanding the gospel begins with bad news: death.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23 NASB
What is death?
- Our modern concept of death is the end of biological viability.
- The New Testament concept of death is the process of physical decay that brings about the end of life.
- Death includes both physical and moral “entropy”.
- We are governed by death because of our rebellion to God.
- Death is the inevitable consequence of sin.
- We are unable to escape this rule of death by ourselves.
- Sin inevitably leads to death.
What is life?
- Life is the opposite of death. It is an existence free from the power, presence and consequences of death.
- “Eternal life” is life in the age of ages which will be an existence free from death.
- Holiness is having a character ruled by life.
- Holiness is the goal of salvation.
- God is the sole source of life because He alone is Holy and can give holiness.
- Holiness inevitably leads to life.
The problem is how do we escape death and gain life.
Please listen to the podcast for more detail and explanation.
Small Group Discussion Questions
- What are your thoughts on the concept of life and death as presented in this podcast? How does it differ from or align with your current understanding?
- Share any personal experiences that reflect this idea of moral entropy in human relationships?
- Do you agree with the statement “God loves you despite who you are”? Why or why not?
- Can you provide examples from real-life situations where sin led to a form of ‘death’?
- Reflect on instances where otherwise positive actions have been laced with sin and death due to selfish motivations.
- Share your thoughts about eternal life in heaven.
- Discuss both meanings of righteousness – justification and holiness – as explained in the podcast.
- Do you perceive holiness as an intrinsic longing or reward rather than an imposed requirement?
- What is salvation? Is it merely escaping hell or something more significant?
- How would the hope of a life ruled holiness change our daily lives right now?