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The Gospel for the Gospel-Saturated

Preaching the good news in all its dimensions

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Many years ago I sat under a preacher who always preached the gospel. Every Sunday. Morning and evening. Every sermon was a gospel message. One way or another, it always came down to "Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Repent and believe, and you will be saved." And to tell you the truth, it became terribly tedious. The man was wonderfully imaginative. He even preached one sermon that was all questions! He had an orator's gift for the well-turned phrase. Still, the gospel got boring. What's worse, I do not think Jesus' disciples grew.

That pastor believed it was his calling to preach the gospel, but he only knew the gospel as a set of directions to the Father's house. That's unfortunate, because the gospel—and the grace that pulses at its heart—is more than a series of right turns. Grace is a meal and a mansion, a pearl and a tree, a shepherd's staff and a watchman's lamp. There is grace, too, in a wrestler's limp and in bitter tears. ...

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Paul Barnes

September 12, 2011  11:03pm

Well stated! Perhaps even Gospel "hardened" folks are not beyond hope!

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James Larkin

September 12, 2011  3:58pm

Great encouragement! Just what I needed as I sit down to begin study for another sermon prepared for Gospel-saturated people.

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Jonathan Jones

September 17, 2008  11:08am

I plan to share this article at our next pastors conference to challenge us as we feed His sheep.

marty sprankle

September 14, 2008  1:12am

A great reminder for us all

Banu Moore

September 06, 2008  10:26am

This is an excellent article, very refreshing!

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