Due to requests, I am now posting my five part Gospel series in one entire post. This way the youtube videos are laid out in chronological order and it is easy to send the entire presentation on the internet with one hyperlink. Also, as the subtitles are in Danish some people have asked for the Scripture references in English. You will now find the Scripture references in chronological order written under each video.
This is my attempt to produce (with the much needed help of our technical team - Jonas and Filip) a presentation of the Gospel that is brief yet thorough, accessible yet biblical, and understandable yet theological. I wrote a script for five short two to three minute videos which correlated with my recent "Anatomy of the Gospel" series (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7) in which I laid out the five essential elements of a Gospel presentation - The Holiness of God, the sinfulness of man, the necessity of judgment, the work of Christ, and the human response this demands.
This also serves as a response to my critics who have often called for me to provide an alternative that accompanies my criticism of certain media related attempts at proclaiming the Christian Gospel. To those of you in the "emergent conversation" you can call these videos TROOMAs if you like! I think my friends Jonas and Filip did an excellent job with all the technical aspects of this project considering the limited resources we had. We are not attempting to compete with the production values of ministries that have far greater funding. But I hope you will agree that the content of this series is an engaging and biblically sound presentation of the beautiful Gospel purchased by Jesus Christ's precious blood.
This is a Danish project and as such it contains Danish subtitles. Some of my American friends think I need english subtitles as well - at least any word containing an "r". Anyway, here is part one . . .
(Scripture Reference - Romans 1:19-20; Supporting Scripture - Hebrews 9:27)
The Bible clearly teaches over and over that unregenerate man is dead in sin, unable and unwilling to serve or please God. Many modern churches have bought into the cultural creed of inflating self esteem and giving therapeutic answers to sinners who are guilty before Almighty God. Man's primary need is not happiness, but righteousness. and it is only when men see their unrighteousness that they begin to "hunger and thirst after righteousness" . . .
(Supporting Scriptures - Exodus 20:1-17, Matthew 5:27-28, Matthew 5:21-22, Romans 2:14-15, Romans 3:23)
It never ceases to amaze me, the lengths many go to in the quest for relevance. Yet Hebrews 9:27 tells us the most relevant thing of all. The ultimate statistic that one out of one people die - and after that comes judgment! We do not become relevant as Christians by mirroring our culture. We become relevant by being different. By being willing to discuss the subject that others try to avoid. Death and judgment are the two elephants in the living room of every lost sinner who tries to suppress the truth in unrighteousness. But alerting them to these realities may well be the kindest thing we could do and can help to awaken them from their delusion.
Jesus said: "Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!" (Luke 12:2-5)
(Supporting Scriptures - Exodus 20:16, Revelation 21:8, Romans 3:20, Revelation 1:8, Romans 3:19, Isaiah 66:2)
As the world asks the question "how can a loving God send people to hell" I am reminded of a Catholic monk in Germany more than 500 years ago who was plagued by a different question. Everyone else in the monastery thought this monk was crazy because he was consumed with the paradox of how can a good God pardon anyone in the light of man's continual sin against Him. That monk was Martin Luther, he was the only sane voice in that cloister, and he was asking the right question.
The cross of Jesus Christ means so much more than Jesus coming to be our example or to identify with our suffering. God's demands of justice must be met. You cannot solve the dilemna of God's wrath by ignoring it, denying it, or pretending it's not there. But when it is addressed honestly, we get to see God's glorious solution, a penal substitute, the God-Man Jesus Christ. That God may be both just and the justifier . . .
(Scripture Reference - Proverbs 17:15, 2 Corinthians 5:21; Supporting Scriptures - Luke 22:42, John 14:6, Acts 4:12)
Repentance is a word very much out of vogue with modern evangelicalism. Some redefine its meaning to something less than turning away from sin, others make it optional rather than a command, and there are others still who have banished the subject to "Area 51" of the church growth manual.
But turning in faith towards Christ means turning away from our previous affections. Jesus said "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24). As Todd Friel says, repentance and faith are two wings of the same bird that fly us to the Savior . . .
(Scripture References - Acts 17:30-31, 1 Corinthians 6:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-9; Supporting Scriptures - Luke 3:8, Acts 26:20)