To think rightly about what we deserve, we must start with God. Our flesh wants to make everything about us, as if the world revolves around humans, but creation tells a different tale.
It might be tempting to change the message because we often think we have to do something in return for what we are given, but not so with the gospel.
The cross is an exposure of human evil and at the same time a revelation of the divine purpose to overcome human evil.
Jesus did not come for those who presume they are innocent before God, but for sinners who know they are guilty.
When key words are missing in our gospel vocabulary, the ministry of “sound words” is lacking.
He entered human flesh to show us that he is better in every situation, at every turning point, in every crisis.
What does it mean to be a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? It is to behold the eternal, miraculous, courageous cross of Christ and, with unveiled face, be transformed.
We might intellectually know our union with God will never falter, but our communion with him sometimes can feel far and sporadic.
Our God is a treasure to be enjoyed, worshiped, and obeyed.
Could you imagine how hopeless of a doctrine union with Christ would be if he remained in the tomb?
The gospel is indeed the antidote to every sin and suffering. But "just preach the gospel" misses the mark as the solution to all manner of ills, because the good news has necessary implications that adorn and amplify it.
Our lives are meant to be utterly and unapologetically gospel-centered. This is true balance.
God's providence is always good, beyond improvement. Thus, he crafted your story, including your past, for his own, optimum glory.
What God has filled up in the gospel, let no man empty with the law.
God has spoken the verdict of “not guilty” over law-breakers in his realm.
How amazing it is that Jesus takes the cup of wrath once and for all!
I know that he sees my every failure. He knows my every sin against him. Yet, he stands in my defense.
May we be content to fulfill what God has called us unto—nothing less, but nothing more— and then rest in his goodness.
The sparkling reality of the Christian life is that God not only meets our needs but often far surpasses them.
Jesus Christ turns back the timetable to bring life to the dying.
At the end of it all, he makes his final offer: all of your sin and unloveliness for all my kingdom of righteousness and unending, unyielding, unashamed, outrageously faithful love. Does that sound good?
One fear we must put aside in our quest for greater gospel-centrality is that it will not preach week to week.
God’s people must not settle for only a rudimentary knowledge of God’s saving message.
The tendency we have to rely on ourselves for our own justification is gospel-muting. It’s Jesus-eclipsing. It’s legalism.
This is what you preach, seek to understand, adore, and center your life on – the gospel.
The whole Bible is for the entire Christian because the entire Bible has a unified message in the gospel of the Lord Jesus.
If a pastor, as a signpost, points to the revealed theological realities of God, he must point supremely to the heart of that revelation: the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Against this dark backdrop of depravity beams the love of Christ.
Here are just three of my favorite anecdotes touching on the surprising power of grace.
FTC.co asks Jeff Medders, Pastor of Redeemer Church in Tomball, TX: "What should a pastor do when his church is tired of hearing the Gospel?"
We long for the whitewashed memories to be a present reality.
One mark of a truly gospel-centered pastor is the willingness to be seen as a complete fool, so long as Christ is honored.
The proof of God’s delight in saving sinners is the investment of His Son on the cross for our redemption even when we had nothing to offer Him.
Grace, as it presents itself in the Incarnation, is love intentionally crossing barriers.
On this episode of the FTC Podcast, Jared Wilson and Ronni Kurtz discuss the importance for churches of centering on the gospel.
What's the difference between the moralist and the Christian?
What do we actually mean by the phrase "gospel centered"?
It is life and death. The wind is howling, the waves are building, and life is coming at me with all its fury. What have I to cling to? Hold fast to the gospel. Cling to Christ.
We must realize that a proper appreciation of one’s guilt before God is a gift that can lead us to the truth, and without which we are lost.
This is the good news of the gospel. Words that didn’t make sense together make sense now because of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
In the various expressions of contemporary evangelicalism it is often easy to forget that the phrase “born again” is a biblical phrase, employed a verb, not an adjective.
More than merely what we can know, the hope that dwells within us is grounded in the resurrection power of Jesus Christ.