Ahmaud Arbery isn’t just another hashtag for me anymore.
I’ve personally experienced what can happen when the gospel of Jesus Christ gets reduced to a series of theological ideas coupled with all the skills necessary to access those ideas.Bad things happen when maturity is more defined by knowing than it is by being.Danger is afloat when you come to love the ideas more than the God whom they represent and the people they are
The ministry of the gospel in our churches involves more than doctrinal argumentation. The work of the gospel is subtle, like the work of a fragrance. It is not just brute facts landing hard on someone’s mind, but an aroma wafting into a heart. And this light contact proves to be life or death.Such is the astonishing power of the gospel of God.Ray Ortlund
The Gospels are more than books of theological insight.They do more than reveal doctrine, and Jesus wasn’t just motivated by an eschatological impulse to reveal God’s kingdom. While all of that is true, none of it negates his profoundly emotional, personal care for the hurting individuals he encountered. Skye Jethani
The primary barrier to displaying the beauty of Jesus in our churches comes from the way we re-insert ourselves into that sacred center that belongs to Him alone.Exalting ourselves always diminishes His visibility.That is why cultivating a gospel culture requires a profound, moment by moment, ‘unselfing’ by every one of us.Ray Ortlund
Is he in...or not?
“The gospel, this ‘good news’, is more than just good vibes. This message has specific content. It can and must be defined, and from the Bible alone. Every generation must pick up their Bibles and rediscover the gospel afresh for themselves and rearticulate the ancient message in their own words for their own times.”~ Ray Ortlund
“Let’s not automatically assume that our churches are faithful to the gospel. Let’s examine whether they really are. After all, ‘Every institution tends to produce its opposite.’ A church with the truth of the gospel in its theology can produce the opposite of the gospel in its practice.”~ Ray Ortlund
“Our Father is not accusatory by nature. If He were, He wouldn’t have sent His only Son to die on a cross to redeem us, to buy us back. He would have simply pointed a finger and said, ‘I told you so.’ ”~ Craig Jutila
“The gospel is neither religion nor irreligion, but something else entirely — a third way of relating to God through grace. Because of this, we minister in a uniquely balanced way that avoids the errors of either extreme and faithfully communicates the sharpness of the gospel.”~ Timothy Keller
“The exclusive claim of the gospel - that Jesus is the only way - is often misconstrued.It’s mistakenly viewed as God favoring the Christian club over all the other religious clubs.But God does not look down at the world and see religious clubs that He likes or dislikes.Instead, He sees a sea of humanity that was created to be in loving friendship with Him, but
“We Christians are really good at getting our message to the people who already have it...but pretty bad at times getting our message to the people who really need it.”~ Phil Vischer
“I tell the world all the time...I was a gangster before I met Jesus. Now I’m a redeemed sinner with gangster proclivities. I say that everyday. Why? Because it’s REAL. It’s not just a matter of repeating the words...it’s about reminding myself of what Jesus has done for me, and being thankful for what my life is now that He’s in it.” ~ Cornel West
“If it was God’s desire to provide us with an accurate and reliable account of the life of Jesus, an account we could trust and recognize as consistent with other forms of eyewitness testimony, God surely accomplished it with the four gospel accounts. Yes, the accounts are messy. They are filled with idiosyncrasies and personal perspectives along with common retellings of familiar stories. There are
“Jesus is our great example of servanthood. But He did not come to Earth, live, and die just to make us more servant-hearted...for we needed much more than that. Because of our sin, we needed to be reconciled to God, and no one makes himself or herself acceptable to God by trying to emulate Jesus’ example of service. No one can serve so much or