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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    The Gospel Is For Christians

    The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for Christians. The Gospel is not merely something non-Christians desperately need, but something every Christian needs to hear repeatedly. It should be a part of every Christian sermon, book, pamphlet or article. Whether the subject matter concerns growing in godliness, prayer, the life of faith, walking in love, stewardship over finances, marriage and the family, or control of the tongue - name the topic - the Gospel should always be center stage. Many “practical” “Christian” messages actually leave the Gospel out, ridding us of the very power that will make its truths work in our lives. But its not at all practical and not at all Christian without the Gospel. Any sermon can only be successfully applied when we are in vital, living union with Christ on the basis of the Gospel. Therefore, as believers, we should be very eager to be shown how the Gospel applies to the subject at hand. We should read each page of the Scriptures through the lens of the Gospel, and thus avoid legalism on the one hand, or (antinomianism) the idea that God is not at all interested in our obedience, on the other. We need to preach the Gospel to ourselves everyday, for it lies at the very center of the Christian life. Applying the Gospel to every area of our lives is the way to experience God’s intended victory and blessing. If we are living below the level of our inheritance in Christ, God asks us, “what is it about the Gospel do you not understand?”

    - Pastor John Samson

    Posted by John Samson on March 15, 2006 12:04 PM

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    AMEN!

    This reminded me of something That I've read in the book Jerry Bridges entitled "The Discipline of Grace" Here's what he says.

    "We need to continue to hear the gospel every day of our Christian lives. Only a continuous reminder of the gospel of God's grace through Christ will keep us from falling into good-day-bad-day thinking, wherein we think our daily relationship with God is based on how good we've been. It is only the joy of hearing the gospel and being reminded that our sins are forgiven in Christ that will keep the demands of discipleship from becoming drudgery. It is only gratitude and love to God that comes from knowing that He no longer counts our sins against us (Romans 4:8) that provides the proper motive for responding to the claims of discipleship."

    Boy isn't that true? I had come back to the church in my early twenties and then came to Christ soon after that but the church that I attended didn't preach the gospel. Of course I didn't realize this at first, it took many years before I finally came to understand what was seriously lacking in my life. As I came unto a much more stronger understanding of the gospel, I found out that it was essential in my sanctification. It was necessary and vital to constantly go back to it. I finally had to leave that church and find another one that preached the gospel and focused on Christ every Sunday and thanks be to God for leading me there. I find that it is so true in my daily Christian life to be close to the gospel and the Word. It amazes me to know that there are churches who have strayed so far away from the cross of Christ. We can only pray that God will turn such apostasy and revive our nations.

    Soli Deo Gloria,

    Dave.

    Pastor John,

    I'm glad you wrote on this because it is something I've thought much of lately. You are so right. And, the sad thing is, so many fundamental Baptist churches think the gospel is the Romans road and a trip to the altar. It is so much more than this! It is a lifetime of learning and applying what it means to be justified and born from above!

    Brian

    Salvation is not a one time religious experience. Most people who say they believe in God live as if He is just part of the background or the one who gives blessings but demands no attention from anyone.

    The disciple of Jesus Christ does not live for self. God's glory is paramount. He or she grows in grace and matures unto Christlikeness as God draws them closer and closer to Him. At the end of this life those who live this way will, I believe, be those who are that little flock of sheep on Jesus' right while those who live solely for self will be in that other large flock of goats on His left.

    What is the difference between the two? The genuine disciple of Christ bears fruit. The disengenuous disciples do not. Of course this is covered in great detail in the book of James. Paul said it as well that we are saved unto good works.

    Works saves no one, but the genuinely saved will do those good works as God works in and through them according to His will.

    The believer must continually come back to the cross. The cross gives them God's perspective.

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

    I have a question, not a comment. What is your views concerning the infiltration of contemporary music into the chuches?

    Hi Ed,

    Though your question seems a little unrelated to the article, I will just say that I have no concerns about music being contemporary. I do not for one moment feel that God is upset if we use the music and technology of the 21st century.

    However, my one gripes about today's style's music is the lack of substance that is often such a hallmark. I am talking here of content rather than style.

    Its interesting but Dr. John MacArthur has written something on this just in the last few days at the following link: http://www.gracechurch.org/sfellowship/pulpitcm/forumlist_blog.asp?topic_id=903&ministry_id=69&id=21

    I believe the theology of our songs and hymns are vitally important. Some rightly suggested that if you want to know a church's theology, just look at its music.

    In our day, I long for more God centered, Gospel centered, Christ exalting songs that are biblically accurate. In the main, these ingredients are sadly lacking. However there are wonderful exceptions, with the folk at Sovereign Grace Ministries being one of them. If you have not heard their music, I would recommend it highly. You can access their web site at www.sovereigngraceministries.org

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