Lord’s Day 08/16 the Gospel

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Last week I offered some thoughts on preparing for the Lord’s Day by meditating on the sufferings of Christ and understanding your own brokenness. During our worship services we will all (I hope) hear the Gospel. Many times there is this idea that Christians don’t really need the Gospel anymore. The Gospel is really just for evangelism. However, just the opposite is true. Christians will always need the Gospel and not just for evangelism. We need it for our daily living.

So how should we think about the Gospel as we prepare for worship? Here are some things to think on concerning worship and the Gospel from Bryan Chapell’s book Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice*.

In order for us to think of worship in gospel terms, we need to be careful not to think only in evangelistic terms. While the gospel includes the good news of God’s grace for those who would turn to him in faith, the gospel is not just for outsiders or unbelievers. Great power lies in the line popular among young Christians today: “We must preach the gospel to our own hearts every day.”10 This ethic is not just about repeating those portions of the gospel that lead to new conversions; it is about engaging the power of the good news that God has provided his grace to save, to sanctify, and to equip his people for this day, every day, and forever. We need this gospel to enter Christ’s kingdom, but we also need it to walk with him through our daily trials and demands.

Think about the Gospel as you prepare to worship. If you’d like to think through this more of how the Gospel guides and shapes our lives read this excellent post Gospel Centered by Joe Thorn.

For the Kingdom…

Mark

*Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 2009. 320 pages.

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1 Dr. James Galyon August 16, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Amen! I need the gospel every moment of every day.

2 Mark Lamprecht August 16, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Amen! So thankful to hear wonderful preaching and the Gospel today.

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