Friday, March 13, 2009

Religion vs. The Gospel

On February 5th Mark Driscoll came and spoke in chapel at SEBTS it was very good. You should go and listen to it here. For those who won't take the time here are my notes from his message:

9 Distinctions Between the Gospel and Religion

Religion says:
  1. If I obey then God will love me. (works/effort based)
  2. Religion sees good people and bad people.
  3. Religion is about getting from God or using God. (a "health and wealth" type thing)
  4. Religion sees hardship and suffering as punishment.
  5. Religion is very aware of other people's sin.
  6. Religion is focused on the external and visible.
  7. Religion is not certain about salvation.
  8. Religion is about self righteousness.
  9. Religion results in either pride or despair (depending on how we are fairing in our efforts).
Ultimately, religion repels people.

The Gospel says:
  1. God loves us despite of who we are and what we have done.
  2. The Gospel sees bad people and Jesus.
  3. The Gospel is about getting God.
  4. The Gospel sees hardships as loving correction and suffering as an opportunity to display God's glory.
  5. The Gospel is very aware of my own sin.
  6. The Gospel is concerned with matters of the heart.
  7. The Gospel says salvation was finished with Jesus. We can know we are covered by the work of Christ. (1 John)
  8. The Gospel is about the work of Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21 "The Great Exchange" not merited or earned, it is a gift.)
  9. The Gospel leads to a holy happiness. (Not because you have to but because you want to.)
The Gospel attracts.

His lectures on culture were also extremely helpful you can find them here, scroll to February 6th and 7th.

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