The Gospel: The Church’s Answer

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Of course, we never want to lose our sense of wonder at the gospel. Which, come to think of it, may be why the same old hymns and some old liturgies and same old sermons start sounding stale. It’s possible the church needs to change. Certainly in some areas it does. but it’s also possible we’ve changed-and not for the better. It’s possible we no longer find joy in so great a salvation. It’s possible our boredom and restlessness has less to do with the church and its doctrines and more to do with a growing coldness toward the love of God displayed in the sacrifice of His Son for our sins.

We cannot afford to be fuzzy about the gospel or speak of it with ambiguous euphemisms. The gospel cannot be reduced to: “stay in touch with God and follow your instructions as they are provided.” It is not a message about being “available” and staying “firm and focused.” Nor is it merely the story of some life-changing experience or the call to community transformation. The gospel is not even the example we give in living out our faith. And it is certainly not an invitation into a Jesus way of life.

In summary, the gospel is not about what we need to do for God. It’s a message about what God has done for us. It’s the declaration of God’s plan of redemption unfolding in history with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of our sins (1 Cor. 15:1-8).

-Kevin DeYoung, Why We Love The Church

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