Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Victory or defeat?

Tom Rush asks whether we preach the gospel as news or advice:
Are our sermons filled mostly with advice — strategies for spiritual growth, helps on dealing with this issue and that, ethical exhortations, etc. — or do they begin with the Great News of what Jesus has accomplished? The gospel enters our life with the good news that, although we cannot live out the life we know we should, Christ has accomplished victory on our behalf, and now we can respond with life by grace.
That approach sounds like the one the Apostles Paul and Peter used in their letters: reminders of the wonderful love God has shown for his people, followed by exhortations to live the new life. Mr. Rush's whole article is well worth reading. Thanks to Eucatastrophe for directing me to the link and to Stammered Life in general.

Update: Tom stopped by to point out that he's now blogging at Promises Kept. I've updated the links.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Tom Rush said...

Hi again Milton,

Thanks for the link. That analogy from Lloyd-Jones has been most helpful to me.

"Stammered Life" moved over to "Promises Kept" a while back; the article is still available at either blog but PK is the only one that's active. You can find it at:
http://promiseskept.wordpress.com, and just scroll down for the article you mention.

again, and keep up the good work!

9:12 AM, August 14, 2007  
Blogger Milton Stanley said...

Whoops. Thanks for letting me know. Peace.

12:15 PM, August 14, 2007  

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