Last week Rachel Held Evans emailed me with a surprising question: What is the Gospel?
I kind of laughed. Well, that’s an easy question, I thought. But then I went to type out an answer, and found that articulating it wasn’t quite as simple as I’d thought it would be. I ended up just going with a six-word answer in an attempt to boil it down to its essential truths. (You can read my answer as well as other bloggers’ answers in Rachel’s post here).
The idea of distilling the Gospel to its most basic message stayed with me, and it occurred to me that I’d love to see what people would come up with if asked to summarize the Gospel on Twitter, i.e. in 140 characters or less. (I patted myself on the back for having such a highly original idea, then did a Google search to see that a lot of other people have already thought of it. So much for thinking I was the first to come up with that one!)
Even though others have done it, I’d like to hear from you. Let’s say you receive the following message on Twitter:
How would you respond, in 140 characters or less? (Those of you who don’t have a Twitter account can use this character counter.) To make it more interesting, let’s assume the following:
- This person believes in God.
- This person has never heard of Jesus.
- This person has never heard of the Bible and would not understand any references to Scripture.
Can’t wait to read your answers!
Thanks to Rachel for the question, and be sure to check out her soon-to-be-released memoir, Evolving in Monkey Town!
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