I ran across a very interesting exercise for pastors. The challenge was to imagine yourself in front of 100,000 people from every nation on earth with an opportunity to articulate the Gospel in 100 words or less. Here is what I came up with:
The world was created by the one God who reveals Himself as a community of loving Persons – Father, Son, and Spirit. God created mankind in His likeness to expand His fellowship of love. The first man, Adam, rejected God for power on his own terms and threw all of creation into self-destruction and death. Instead of abandoning His creation, God sent His Son to reclaim it by dying for Adam’s sin and rising from the dead to establish a renewed creation. All men who believe this are part of this renewal and its ultimate conclusion when God’s Son returns again.
Give it a try - it isn't easy! I thought it was pretty funny that Michael Horton couldn't help going with 466 words. Typical Reformed guy doesn't know when to stop... Is that why Westminster grads have tediously long sermons?!
Oh - and I didn't use the words, "imputation of active obedience," so I guess I'm preaching a false Gospel. Ha!