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Worth a Listen

June 10, 2009

I just listened to Dr. Nelson’s podcast over at Baptist21 and found it to be great in its discussion of the GreatCommissionResurgence. Particularly powerful was Dr. Nelson’s comment that, “the gospel is not merely being saved from Hell, but is also being saved into an entirely different way of life.”

Related to this is something that I read by R.C. Sproul last night:

“The evangelical world has never fully grasped that nobody is justified by a simple profession of faith. Professions of faith are good things, and those who believe are supposed to profess what they believe, but it’s the ‘possession‘ of faith – not its ‘profession‘ – that translates a person from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light.”

– from Preaching the Cross

Both quotes touch on what I believe is at the foundation of many churches’s failures: an inadequate understanding of what the gospel is and how it should affect all that we do. Rather than the gospel being a hoop to jump through in order to get to more “advanced” work, it is instead something we never move beyond.

I’ll be preaching this Sunday on Phil. 1:27-30, attempting to communicate Paul’s main point of that passage to “live as citizens worthy of the gospel of Christ” (v. 27). I love how Paul always brings his exhortations back to the gospel. Is the gospel something we simply believe in so that we can “get saved” and hold out for heaven? No. Like Dr. Nelson said above, the gospel instead becomes the framework that shapes all that we do.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. marycooke permalink
    June 10, 2009 9:11 pm

    It always intrigues me when the Holy Spirit shows me something new and then I read it several other places. He is moving in all of us! I was working through this whole concept when I wrote my last post at and would really love your feedback.

  2. Mark Turner permalink
    June 10, 2009 11:08 pm

    That interview with Dr. Nelson was off the chain. I love to hear that man talk. He can say much with few words.

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