Monday, August 16, 2010

Quote of the Week

Leslie and I went to Myrtle Beach for a few days this past week. It was our last chance to get away and have a little fun before school starts back for me and Leslie goes back to work. While there I went to a "church" service. I was disappointed by the preacher. He seemed to have forgotten his Bible and the message was obviously void of the gospel. It bothers me when preachers assume the gospel. Even though I am a believer, I need to hear the gospel at church on Sunday and I need to feed myself with the gospel on a daily basis. Here is a quote from one of my favorite preachers, Tullian Tchividjian, taken from his book, Surprised by Grace:

I once assumed the gospel was simply what non-Christians must believe in order to be saved, but after they believe it, they advance to deeper theological waters. Jonah helped me realize that the gospel isn’t the first step in a stairway of truths but more like the hub in a wheel of truth. As Tim Keller explains it, the gospel isn’t simply the ABCs of Christianity, but the A-through-Z. The gospel doesn’t just ignite the Christian life; it’s the fuel that keeps Christians going every day. Once God rescues sinners, his plan isn’t to steer them beyond the gospel but to move them more deeply into it.

I love that quote. It uses the word "gospel" a lot. But I don't want to make the mistake of assuming we know what that word means. So, here is a good little video which explains the gospel quite well.

What is the Gospel? from Southern Seminary on Vimeo.

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