The Gospel is the Good News of Christ. This Good News has been preached long before Mary's angelic visitation. The first mention of the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, was given to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15 "And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He will bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel." Here, God is pronouncing judgment upon the Serpent, Satan, for his action enticing Eve to eat the fruit and offer it to her husband. In Hebrew literature, the "Seed" is regularly attributed to the male's part in reproduction. God said the Seed will come from the woman, meaning that no male father will be necessary for this birth. Thus, we see the virgin birth of Christ clearly given. But to understand why Christ came to earth we need to understand plight of man.
Adam was given one simply command in Genesis 2:17 not to eat of the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil". That was the only law God verbally gave to Adam. God revealed to Adam His standard of which Adam violated. God has furhter revealed His standard to all mankind in the Ten Commandments. Even if we break just one we are guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10). If we've lied, stolen, dishonored our parents, lusted (adultery of the heart), hated (murder of the heart), or broken any of the other 5 commandments God sees us as guilty.
Just like Adam and Eve were judged by God, so every person will be judged for violating God's law. Hebrews 9:27 tells us that we only have one life on this earth and after that life we will stand before God to give an account. When God judges you by His standard you would be found guilty and sent to Hell for all eternity. This is the bad news, and it must be understood so that the Good News makes sense. The Good News is that 2000 years ago God came to earth and took on human form, bearing the name Jesus. He lived a perfect and sinless life, in thought word and deed. Then 30-33 years into that life He voluntarily (John 10:17) went to the cross. What happened that day was that Jesus took upon Himself the penalty for your sins. You did the crime and Jesus paid your fine. He bore the full wrath of the Father on your behalf. While He died that day He did not stay dead, for He arose three days later and was seen by over 500 eyewitnesses (1 Corinthians 15:6). Forty days later He ascended bodily into Heaven (Acts 1:9) to be seated at the right hand of the Father (Acts 7:56) waiting to return in final judgment (2 Peter 3:7).
Our response to this should be more than just head knowledge. Acts 17:30 says that God commands us to repent, that is to turn away from sin, pleading for forgiveness and turning to God. In doing so we must put our faith and trust in what Christ has done on the cross for our sins. When you do, God will grant you a new heart with new desires and will make you born-again (John 3:3). This is the Gospel; salvation wrought by Christ on the cross on behalf of sinful, wretched people.
So how does this affect the family? Certainly, Scripture tells us that we are not saved by association. We must all individually come to repentance and faith in Christ in order to be saved. Children are not saved because their parents are. They too must come to Christ.
A Gospel driven Family is:
1) A family centered on loving Christ, rejoicing in His love, and glorifying Him in everything they do.
2) A family that is led by the father and mother in accordance with the biblical standards given to them as both husband and wife (Ephesians 5:22-33) and parents (Ephesians 6:4).
3) A family that desires to train up its children in the Lord (Proverbs 22:6) and see them come to personal faith in Christ.
4) A family who parents regularly preach the Gospel to themselves and their children.
5) A family who studies the Word together on a regular basis.
6) A family who regularly prays together.
7) A family who engages in family worship throughout the week at home and corporately with the local body of believers each week.
8) A family who has a desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the lost and dying world through the biblical principles of using the Law in evangelism.
While the latter part of this may not be as in-depth as I wish, as my family and I continue along on this path which the Lord has laid before us you will see these things become more developed and specific.
I would ask that you pray for me as the head of the home, husband, and father; my loving wife as my help-mate, mother, and teacher of our homeschool; and for our children as they come along with us in this journey. We are not a perfect family, we do make mistakes (I carry the largest load of that) but we pray that as we fall the Lord will admonish us to repentance and as we walk He will exhort us to growth.
May the Lamb who was slain receive the reward for His suffering. Thanks for stopping by!
Soli Deo gloria,
Pastor Adam (and family)