You may take it for granted; perhaps it is expected. Every newsletter The Witness publishes specifically refers to our salvation through Jesus’ perfect life, death, and resurrection. It is something our pastoral consultant has insisted on from The Witness’ inception. At times, we go through great pains in the editing process to ensure that the featured article is grounded on the gospel, and at times each of us have wondered why we go through the trouble.
While explicitly referencing the gospel every week sometimes feels redundant or unnecessary, the lesson has been acute for us as editors. Many of the articles we request and receive discuss how to handle daily adversity we face as Christians. The articles point to passages that inspire spiritual strength, signalling how God is in control. It is easy to focus on those passages, not even thinking to mention the fundamental reason for the hope and endurance we strive to maintain.
Without the gospel, we have no reason to endure the frustration associated with leading a spiritual life in a secular world. Without the gospel, the promise of heaven does not exist, and without that promise, life here would exist only for temporal happiness. The gospel is the focal point on which our spiritual strength must depend; that is why all our articles feature gospel.
There is a practical application as well. When issues of faith arise in the classroom, in the workplace, or among friends, remember that from the Christian’s perspective spreading the gospel remains our goal. It is easy to either avoid issues that we consider too controversial to discuss or dive into controversial issues we are eager to debate. In either case, we easily become caught up in specifics, neglecting that our faith depends on the gospel and our duty is to spread the gospel. We encourage you to ensure all aspects of your life feature the gospel as well.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. -1 Corinthians 15:3-4