The Succinctly-put Gospel

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If I were to meet you on a train and ask you, “What is the center of the Christian message?,” how would you succinctly put that?

“I believe in a God who loves humankind so intensely, so totally, that he chose himself to become human. Therefore, I believe in Jesus Christ as fully and truly God, but also totally and unreservedly one of us, fully human. And I would say to you, the love of God is so great that Christ died for us on the cross. But love is stronger than death, and so the death of Jesus was followed by his resurrection. I am a Christian because I believe in the great love of God that led him to become incarnate, to die and to rise again. That’s my faith. All of this is made immediate to us through the continuing action of the Holy Spirit.”

– Metropolitan Kallistos Ware (Interview in “Christianity Today,” July 6, 2011)

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