We must emphasize three definite phases of the Gospel Message.
First, Regeneration is the supernatural work of the Holy Ghost which man himself cannot accomplish.
How can we believe in the latter part of John 6:37 and not believe the first part?
"All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out."
Effectual calling is the work of God's Spirit, whereby, convincing me of my sin and misery, enlightening my mind in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing my will, He did persuade and enable me to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to me in the Gospel.
Second, We are saved from a life of sin to a life of holiness.
The Gospel is not just that Christ died to save us from the penalty of sin(John 3:16). That is only part of the Gospel Message. What saith the Scriptures?
"Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:" (Galations 1:4).
"Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." (Titus 2:14).
"...Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it..."
Why? That He might save it from the future punishment of sin alone? No!
"That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:25-27).
Salvation is more than a passport to Heaven; it is deliverance from the dominion of sin in this life. (Titus 2:11-12)
Third, Receiving Christ as Saviour means repenting from sin and acknowledging Christ as Lord
(Luke 13:3, Acts 11:18, Acts 17:30, Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9).
Evangelical repentance is always accomanied by a heart-longing after holiness.
It is a false Gospel that divorces Christ the Saviour from Christ the Lord.
The sinner is a rebel who must repent and lay down his arms of rebellion before the King of Kings. "Christ will save none but those who are brought to resign themselves sincerely to the obedience of His Royal authority and laws." (Walter Marshall, 1692).
"God now commandeth all men every where to repent."
The Gospel is not "believe on Jesus, and thou shalt be saved,"but "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved."
"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9).
...I plead for true evangelism in the old-fashioned way. Let us preach a full-orbed Gospel setting forth all the implications of repentance and forgiveness. Let us go outside the camp, bearing his reproach.
James A. Stewart was a Scottish evangelist and revivalist mightily used of God across Europe in the 20th century.
This article is an excerpt his book, Evangelism. You can buy the book from Revival Literature.