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Monday, April 10, 2006

Threat to the Gospel

Lately, I've been bouncing around some thoughts about the gospel message in our lives. I will get to making a post at some point, but consider the words of CJ:
It’s not difficult to identify distortions of the gospel. But as a pastor, one of my main concerns for genuine Christians is a more subtle one: either assuming the gospel or neglecting the gospel. I have found this to be the greatest threat to the gospel in my own life. Jerry Bridges echoes this concern when he writes, “The gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message in all of history. Yet we allow thousands of professing Christians to live their entire lives without clearly understanding it and experiencing the joy of living by it.”
So let us not only apply discernment to the church at large, but to our own hearts as well. Let us, in the words of Jerry Bridges, “Preach the gospel to ourselves daily.” Let us heed Charles Spurgeon’s exhortation: “Abide hard by the cross and search the mystery of his wounds.” Let us respond to John Stott’s invitation: “The Cross is a blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.”

Considering the gospel, is there ever a reason for us not to focus on the cross as believers? Is there ever a reason for us to not turn a nonbelievers focus to the cross?

You can read CJ's entire aticle on the "Together for the Gospel Blog" here.

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