Before we dive into Gospel Saturation we need to talk about the gospel. Many Christians or church members will tell you that they believe in the gospel but when pressed to say what that means they usually can’t find the words. I recently posted a question on my Facebook page that said, “Non-Christians only: What is the gospel?” One friend replied with “good news;” another replied with “first four books of the New Testament” (referring to the Gospels not the Gospel); and another posted a Gif of the muses from Hercules singing, “The Gospel Truth.” All of those answers sadly came from friends of mine that were raised in the church and once called themselves Christians. When I asked my friend who answered “the good news” what that meant he replied, “Jesus saves man.” But still—from what?
Are we in the church actually sharing the gospel or just catchy phrases that can be worn on Youth T-shirts? I hope that these friends of mine, who once sat in the pews every week of their childhood, actually learned about the gospel more than they wanted to share on a public platform. When I was in college I had a friend with whom I spent quite a bit of time. She ended up trusting me enough to let me cut her hair in my dorm once! That was a lot of fun for me, and a lot of bravery on her part. Not long after that, I was scrolling through my social media and saw that a young woman my age had been mur- dered in my area. I clicked on the article and there was my
friend’s name and picture. I was in total shock. And then I realized that I have no idea of her spiritual standing, and she probably didn’t know mine. I had never once mentioned to her the most important information that I had. I never asked her anything about her faith. I once went to a sermon that I’ll never forget. The preacher had a big hamburger on stage. It was dinner time and we were all hungry. He then started talking about how hungry we must all be. Then how thankful he was to have that ham- burger. He then began to eat that hamburger in front of us. Once he swallowed