Friday, April 06, 2007

Preach The Gospel to Yourself

One of my most favorite books (of a living author) is The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges. If there was only one chapter of any book (beside the bible) that I could keep before all other books disappeared....it would be chapter 3 in this book.

I have been feeling I need to immerse myself in this chapter and scripture verses again. The chapter starts out addressing the idea that we view the gospel for the unbeliever and discipleship for the believer. Once we are saved we don't learn or see the need to apply the gospel to everyday life. He also points out that many Christians don't fully understand the gospel which hinders their ability to apply it to their own lives.

"The gospel is not only the most important message in all of history; it is the only essential message in all of history. Yet we allow thousands of professing Christians to live their entire lives without clearly understanding it and experiencing the joy of living by it.
I believe part of the problem is out tendency to give an unbeliever just enough of the gospel to get him or her to pray a prayer to receive Christ. Then we immediately put the gospel on the shelf, so to speak, and go on to the duties of discipleship. As a result, Christians are not instructed in the gospel. And because they do not fully understand the riches and glory of the gospel, they cannot preach it to themselves, nor live by it in their daily lives.

Mr. Bridges then goes on to share this scripture as the passage of scripture that most clearly explains the gospel. Then he breaks it down into 7 truths that need to be clearly understood.


Romans 3:19-26 (ESV)

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being [1] will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

More next post.

Here is a review of the book by Challies.com




1 comment:

Leslie said...

I want to read this book! That's a great quote you included in the post. I'm looking forward to more of your thoughts on it.