The Gospel first, The Gospel central

What if everything was fine
Imagine no issues between couples, the husbands loving wives and wives honoring their husbands. No children being disobedient, growing in wisdom, stature and favor with men. In laws knew their place and no outlaws in disgrace.

Imagine every gun silenced. No wars, rumors of wars and espionage. No government clandestine plots to overcome. No pollution, perfect climate and people knew what the left lane was for.

Imagine every belly full, every person with a warm bed and not a job a person dreads. No poverty, no debt not even a single regret. No trash on the street thrown or cancer in your body grown. No aids, colds and malaria. No suicide, depression or hysteria.

Imagine if we could bring about a world such as this. We’d still have a problem. We’d still be empty. The church would still be needed.

The Gospel first
The Gospel is of first importance. If all is well and good. No problems, secure job, everything kosher, you still need God. In fact Adam and Even in the garden had a perfect life and the issue was the same, they needed God. Ironic that in an Earth of perfection mankind chose rejection but in an Earth of depravity man must accept the message of the Gospel. The issue is the same. We need God. We don’t evangelize in heaven, for at that point it is too late.

The Gospel central
Our need of God makes the Gospel central. I am sure each of us can think of organizations that were about the Gospel but today are no longer. If we hold to pet doctrines and make them our mainstay, what we do is in vain. If Christ did not raise from the dead, it does not matter our view on things like creation, end times and other deep theological questions that should be discussed. Without the Gospel, we address societies ills in vain by meeting needs without hope.

Is God enough
If we move off the Gospel as saving us, of the Gospel making all things new, we dive deep into despair. The key question regardless of our circumstances or station in life is this: Is God enough? That is the central question to life and history. Even if we were to bring about a perfect world that question would still be there. For Adam and Eve, a relationship with God was not enough. Today we see the effects of running from God, to numerous to count.

The bottom line
The Gospel first, The Gospel central understands that Christ is truly the cornerstone of the church as well as a stumbling block. You cannot get around that without causing the church to fizzle out. With the Gospel being first and central it gives clarity to why we study and pursue the Scriptures; not as religion, but in relationally knowing God. It motivates to serve and love everyone. It understands the that problems of the world are far deeper than politics; they are issues of the soul needing God.

There is much more to knowing God than just the Gospel. But the Gospel is the doorway. The Gospel is not the only thing, but it must be first and central to the church. For in the Gospel the central question is answered: Yes, God is enough, and that changes everything.

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3 thoughts on “The Gospel first, The Gospel central

  1. Yes, I beleive He is more than enough. Do you ever find yourself, when reading the scriptures you pretty much know by heart, all of the sudden you see and understand it completely in a new way? I find when I’ve been communing in the Spirit on a regular basis, my Bible reading will take on a whole new aspect of clarity.
    My only problem is trying to remember later the specifics of what scripture I read that made me feel assured that my perspective on something was the right one. I don’t mean so that I can say I told you so to somebody, but rather like when I’m speaking with my eldest daughter and she says, “Mom, that’s so cool and makes so much sense. Where did you get that from?”
    She knows me well enough by now though. I just say, “I don’t remember, I just know.” Does that happen with you too? just wondering?
    Good food for thought here, thanks. Terri

    1. Sometimes. Often life experience combined with consistent time in the Word produces new insights. If this happens I “test the spirits” by searching the Word to see if it’s of God or if it’s me thinking too hard. I’ve had both be true.

      The big thing is: if you’re not consistently and regularly in God’s Word, such moments never come. ~Ty

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