Friday, August 29, 2008

Christ and him crucified

Gospel-centered blogger Jared Wilson has crafted a fine essay on the imperative of preaching the gospel:
We all want to grow the kingdom, right? We all want to seek and save the lost, right? We all want to lead as many people as possible to salvation, right?

Then, why, for the love of God, do we preach all manner of behavior modification, none of which could save a single one of us, when only the gospel saves?

Paul writes in Romans 1:16, " I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes."

Yet if we could label our churches with the Nutrition Facts found on your can of soup, I reckon many would say in the fine print, "Not a significant source of gospel." Are we ashamed?

If the gospel is the power to save, shouldn't it be the meat of the message, not saved for the add-on invitation or for a special service every few weeks?
That's a long quote, but only a sampling of the riches in Jared's whole essay.

Also, In the Clearing offers further thoughts on Jared's essay.


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