Our entire message of faith and hope and love hinges on one point and one alone: Were the gospel writers and the early church correct in their claim that Jesus, this itinerant preacher who was killed for claiming to be God, actually rose from the dead never to die again? If it is true then the entire message is true and must be accepted or rejected in total. If it is false then the entire message is suspect at best and a damnable lie at worst.
The message is so simple that even a child can grasp it, yet so deep that scholars can spend their entire life understanding it.
The message of Good News
1 God loves you! He created you to love Him and live right.
2 BUT, we have ALL rebelled against Him. We are bent and broken people, unwilling and unable to love Him.
3 YET, He still loves us so much that He sent His own Son (Jesus) to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our rebellion.
4 If you:
BELIEVE in Jesus,
ACCEPT His forgiveness,
REPENT (turn away) from your rebellion, and
CONFESS Him as Lord (in control).
5 He will;
a) set you on the path of life eternal.
b) give you a new heart , able to love Him and live right.
c) adopt you as His forever child.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.
1 Cor 15:14-19