Mike Reeves gets us thinking about how our God shapes our evangelism in the fifth of nine short videos.
Who God is makes a difference to the gospel we proclaim. Let’s just imagine that God is essentially just about ruling for eternity. He’s not been about relationships. He’s just about power and that’s it. Well, what might the gospel be? It’ll probably be: “He’s the ruler. We’ve broken the rules, but maybe he’ll forgive us somehow. The good news is I can be brought back under his rule.” But if that’s the gospel, all the relationship I get to have with him is to live under the Ruler as an accepted citizen. But with this, God it is very different. With this God, who is a Father, what he wants for me is not simply that I will be an accepted citizen. He wants to embrace me with the love he has for his Son. Jesus says something extraordinary in John 17:23; he says, “Father, you have loved them, even as you’ve loved me.” That’s the gospel offer we can bring to the world: the Father will embrace you as his dearly beloved Son, even as Jesus himself. With this God, this richer God, we have a far richer gospel.