Introduction to the Author.
Hi, I am Joel Madasu. I am the instructor for this course. I have a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies (OT Concentration), and M.A. in Biblical Studies. I enjoy reading Scripture, creating courses and teaching the Bible!
You may see my work and other courses at https://joelmadasu.com
Dr. Joel Madasu is the instructor of this course. His desire is to help you be strong in your Christian faith and walk. He understands that many believers today struggle in their walk or compromise in their walk with Christ. This course is designed to help anyone struggling in this area.
“For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human source and I was not taught it, but it came by a revelation of Jesus Christ” - Gal. 1:11-12.
The gospel means, the good news. But it is more than a good news! It is the good news about Salvation in Jesus Christ, the Savior of mankind.
In the ancient world, the term “gospel” is used to proclaim victorious news about battles. Later that term was used not only for announcing or proclaiming a victory of a battle or an event, but about Christ’s birth, His sacrifice to offer salvation to all those who believe in Him, through His death, burial and resurrection.
So then, what is Gospel? Gospel is the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ from God. So anyone who believes in Him will not perish but have an everlasting life.
When one believes in Christ, he or she gets a new identity.
Faith in Christ brings a new or a better life as compared to the old life.
In Ephesians 4:22-24 Paul says a similar thing about old lifestyle and the new lifestyle - “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Christian life is not as easy as some say. This is not to say that becoming or being a Christian is not worth our time. It is! There is no other religion that gives us the promise of eternal life, but Christianity alone.
Christ never promised an easy life. In fact, He said that whosoever would believe in Him would be persecuted by the world. That is because the world already hated Him.
This lesson is created to help you see the "reality" of what we might face because of our faith in Christ, and also the everlasting promise that we have in Christ.