I had one of my proudest moments as a father this week. I went in to Luke’s room to tell him good night, and he had in his hands what he calls his sermon book. It’s just a notebook that he likes to scribble in whenever he sees me working on sermons. But on this night, he had his own sermon that he wanted to dictate to me. And like a solid sermon should, it had seven points—verbatim, “1] God holds the whole world in His hands. 2] God believes in Jesus. 3] Jesus came for our sins. 4] Jesus died on the cross. 5] Jesus died and was put in a tomb. 6] Jesus rose again. And then, with some prompting from me, 7] Repent and believe in Jesus.”
Here’s what I heard between the lines—the Sovereign Creator, God, sent Jesus to save us from our sins by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead. And that news demands that we turn away from our sins and trust in Christ—which sounds a whole lot like the gospel. And it got me thinking, how well do we know the gospel? How clear have we been and how clear are we at Christ Community Church on the gospel? Would unbelievers who have never heard the gospel, go out from us knowing gospel basics? If everything in existence exists for this, to display the glory of God’s grace in Jesus Christ, do we love the gospel as we should? In a world vying for our affections, do we rejoice in the gospel as we should? In daily life, where we’re pulled in so many directions and faced with so many unnecessary distractions, is Philippians 3.8 resonating with us, “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”? Where we’re battling with sin and idolatry, in our lives and the lives of others, do we know the medicine of the gospel well enough to apply it?
So we wanted to take four weeks to preach through some of the brightest gospel passages. Now to be clear, the whole Bible is about the gospel; but as some stars shine most brightly amongst all the others, there are verses in the Bible that outshine the rest when it comes to capturing and unleashing the gospel. So far, we’ve looked at John 3.16 and Romans 5.1-2 (sermons you can find at christcommunityma.org). This week, Joe will be tackling Colossians 1.13-14 and, then, Erik will open up 1 Peter 3.18 for us. And the hope is that we’ll be able to role out 4 more posts, derived from those sermons, to make plain and celebrate the gospel together.
May the God of peace fill you with all joy and peace in believing (Romans 15.13).