We Need a Gospel Revolution

Posted: February 25, 2012 in Bible, Church, Discipleship, Evangelism, Pastoral Ministry, Preaching

One of our laymen preached the Midweek message on Wednesday evening. He preached a message about God’s amazing gift of grace. Since then, I have been relishing on the power of the gospel. This past week, while enjoying a “staycation” by accomplishing a long list of “honey dos,” I also spent a significant amount of time reading the Word and a number of other articles, blogs, and books. One book in particular has peaked my interest, J.D. Greear’s Gospel, which carries an intriguing subtitle, Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary.

The past couple of years God has been impressing upon me the significance of simple gospel message. We need to fall in love again with the Lord. In fact, I fear that many have unintentionally adopted a gospel that is not the gospel at all. The gospel is life giving and life changing, because it generates in believers changes that are received only by grace through faith. However, as people default into religious forms and practices, the foundational truth of the gospel gets bypassed, obscured, and even forgotten. The result? People end up practicing a religion based on performance, “I obey; therefore, I am accepted by God.” However, the gospel of Jesus Christ offers people relationship with God as a gift. The basic operating principle of the gospel is one of unmerited acceptance, “I am accepted by God through Jesus Christ; therefore, I obey.”

Friends, it is one thing to understand the gospel; however, it is quite another to experience the gospel in such a way that it fundamentally changes us and becomes the source of our identity and security. We obviously champion the gospel; yet, we must regularly explore all the mysteries of the gospel so that its message might permeate our thinking and influence every aspect of our living.

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