The Gospel in 10 Words or Less
How would you describe the essence of the Gospel to someone who had never heard it before?
What if you were on an elevator with that person and had only a few floors up to explain it?
What if you could use only ten words? Or fewer?
Recently, the Christian Century asked authors and readers to boil the Gospel down to just a few words. (You can find the Christian Century story by clicking here.) Today, we’re doing the same thing right here in our little corner of the Web. We are summarizing the Good News in a few essential words.
Which words do you pick, friends? How do you summarize the Good News in only a few essential words?
Let’s fill the comment box with our tiny proclamations of gigantic Gospel truth.
I’ll start, to get us going.
My ten-word response:
My seven-word response:
Your turn! Don’t be shy.
Tell us what the Gospel means in ten or fewer words! If you are a subscriber, click here to join the conversation. Or offer your thoughts on my author page on Facebook.
It will be fun, and it’s our chance to speak the most powerful words possible into the universe! 🙂
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He paid our sin’s penalty. We will live forever!
Separation bridged by the Cross.
You are loved, now and forever. Go and do likewise.
when Jesus washed me clean
folks prayed for the fish
born sinful, forgiven through the cross, eternal life with Jesus
Jesus’ sacrifice makes it possible to live with God forever!
The blood of One washes clean sin, guilt and shame.
Jesus came, taught, loved and died — all for me!
Christ died as us so we could live as Him.
broken enlightened forgiven restored set free discipled gifted enlisted
Renowned British preacher, Charles Spurgeon, said he could share the Gospel in 4 words: “Christ died for me!” AMEN!
Arms stretched wide, He died for humankind; heaven awaits, Believe
Eternal God created, man fell. God redeems, restores and perfects.
When I was in college we had to write 1-, 5-, and 10-minute versions of our testimony. It’s a great exercise! You never know when you’ll only have a moment to share with another.
How does one encompass something so huge into just ten words without being trite or cliche? I’ll have to think more on this …
Just read this two days ago…….
I really enjoyed Michael Horton’s piece, Deb. The weight he gives sin – or more properly, the weight sinners do not give sin – helped me understand the eternal significance of the cross.
There but a wretch go I; thanks be to God, Christ is risen.
Lost in Sin. Jesus’ blood covered all. Now I’m redeemed.
Died for me
Now I’m free!
Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners
Forgiveness. Love. Purpose. Relationship. Hope of Heaven.
Imperfect humans find restorative salvation only thru faith in Jesus.
Oh friends! Such beautiful Gospel Truth here! I’m away this weekend, and checking your messages while in airports, en route to a long weekend away. Beautiful, beautiful messages here.
Fall–depravity, God’s Son came to Redeem and rescue.
Have a gracefilled weekend. I just read your and other’s comments after I send my comment above.
So thankful for God’s grace and His love for me
Relationship between God and man restored through His precious Son.
Love beyond beginnings,
because of Jesus.
How wonderful! I love this!
God pursues, we run and hide.
At the cross, my debt paid. No longer running away. Now I’m free!
What a beautiful Savior!
He was broken for our broken. His broken makes us whole.
That’s 11 🙂
Hi strong arms around me in unfailing love.
hopeless, helpless, without resource. Jesus gift changed all that.
Great responses here. I keep coming back to a hymn for my words.
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
God’s sovereignty requires a choice for His son, Jesus Christ.
“God IS. He came. He died. I’m free.”
that was fun!
We are hostages of evil but Jesus paid our ransom.
God so loved the world,
He gave His Only Son.
Saved by Grace
A friend just told me this, this morning: God is and I aint
Jesus, the WAY
Faith is KEY