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Keep It Simple

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 simply declares the Gospel: "For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."

It is so simple, yet so profound: Christ died, Christ was buried, Christ rose from the grave. It is easy to forget that it is these simple truths that define us. By acknowledging these truths, saints before us have been beheaded, crucified, imprisoned and forgotten. But these truths changed the entire course of human history and can be understood and even shared by a child. Believing these simple truths is what makes someone a Christian, no matter what denomination.

Many people are turned off by Christianity because of the many denominations within the Church. They notice the disagreements and the factions.They are perhaps mystified and definitely confused. But Christian denominations are all just numerators if you go back to our equation — they are just compliments to the denominator. It is the common denominator, Jesus, that holds us together with our brothers and sisters around the world and across the ages. Keep it simple: by believing the Gospel message, we all are saved and brought together in unity.


  • What does it mean to be a Christian?  
  • What is the difference between church denominations and Christianity?
  • How can you use the common denominator of Jesus to encourage people who have been turned off to Christianity by disagreements among churches?

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