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Semantics and the Gospel, Part 3 (Understanding God's Great Salvation #5)

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The Bible says in Romans 10:9: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."

Today's quote is from Catherine Booth. She said: "The Gospel represents Jesus Christ, not as a system of truth to be received into the mind, as I should receive a system of philosophy or astronomy, but it represents Him as a real, living, mighty Savior, able to save me now."

Our topic today is titled "Semantics and the Gospel (Part 3)" from the book, "So Great Salvation: What it Means to Believe in Jesus Christ" by Dr. Charles Ryrie.

In our last episode, we went through 16 statements that are commonly used in presentations of the Gospel. Notice the different key words in those statements: 

Repent. 
Confess. 
Deny. 
Lord and Master. 
Come forward. 
Baptism. 
Pray through. 
Commit. 
Turn from all sin. 
Surrender. 

Some words stand out as poor, even wrong, choices for stating the Gospel. Many would agree that coupling the word "baptism" with the Gospel results in a wrong expression of the Gospel message. But others disagree with this. To them water baptism is a necessary requirement for salvation. For many, faith and works cannot be linked as requirements for salvation. For others, works are involved in becoming a child of God. Whether baptism or works is required in order to be saved is a matter of semantics that in turn becomes a matter of a true or false Gospel. 

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