Brother Guy N. Woods once wrote to me about what he believed was one of the great needs of the church, simply stated, it was to preach the fundamentals of the gospel of our Lord. I am persuaded this is still true today. This was the goal of the late brother Curtis A. Cates, who severed as the Editor prior to his death and it will continue to be our goal today.
The aim of the Gospel Journal will continue on in the same fashion as it was when it began in January 2000. Our purpose will be to teach the gospel of Christ through the printed page. I believe the power to save is still in the gospel of Christ, as Paul wrote, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16). As Paul was not ashamed, neither will I be ashamed of the gospel of our Lord. It will be my purpose both to help save the lost and to edify the church. The Gospel Journal will do its best to fulfill the great commission as stated by Jesus, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matt. 28:19-20). Also the work of edifying is greatly needed and it will be our aim to edify the brotherhood. As stated by Paul, “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Rom. 14:19).
The Gospel Journal will cover topics find throughout the Bible. It will be our purpose to write articles that are filled with the Bible and present these in such a manner as to be pleasing unto God. The spirit of love will be found in every page and at the same time a strong conviction for Truth.
The writers for The Gospel Journal will be men and women of the book, who are sound in the faith and who are in agreement with our purpose. Though most of the articles will be assigned to different writer, we do plan on using some articles submitted by other writers as long as they agree with our purpose.
Finally let me say, we need your help in the work we have undertaken. First, we need your prayers, as James said, “…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (Jam. 5:16b). We believe in the power of prayer and we have confidence that God will see us through this work. Second, we need you to subscribe to The Gospel Journal if you are not already. Without you, the reader, we will be unable to do the work. Third, we need your help in spreading the news about The Gospel Journal and encouraging others to take a subscription. The only way The Gospel Journal can continue and to grow is by your assistance. You are greatly needed.
Help us as we help others draw closer to the one who made them and who gave them life everlasting. May God be with us in this great work.
Johnie Scaggs, Jr.