April 16, 2011

Two ways people react when they hear the gospel


How about you? How do you respond when you hear that:

1. God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life.

2. Man is sinful and therefore He cannot experience the plan of God for his life. He is doomed to a Christless eternity. ( This is totally bad )

3. God made a way by sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins as a payment for our sin. This is where John 3:16 starts to make sense

4. Respond by surrendering your life to Christ and accepting that what He did on the cross was enough to set you free from the power of sin.

Let me quote Tullian Tchividjian

Jesus plus nothing equals everything–the gospel– is daily becoming for me more than a theological passion, more than a cognitive reality. It’s becoming my functional lifeline! And it’s this rediscovery of the gospel’s power that is enabling me to see that,

Because Jesus was strong for me, I am free to be weak;

Because Jesus won for me, I am free to lose;

Because Jesus was Someone, I am free to be no one;

Because Jesus was extraordinary, I am free to be ordinary;

Because Jesus succeeded for me, I am free to fail.

This is beginning to define my life in brand new, bright, and liberating ways. I believe God wants this liberating truth to define your life as well…and the life of the church corporately. Because I’m telling you right now, when you begin to understand that everything you need and long for, in Christ you already possess—it enables you to live a life of scandalous freedom, unrestrained fearlessness, and unbounded courage. When you don’t have anything to lose, you discover something wonderful: you’re free! Nothing in this broken world can beat a man who isn’t afraid to lose! And when you’re not afraid to lose you can say crazy, counterintuitive stuff like, “To live is Christ and to die is gain!” That’s pure, unadulterated freedom.




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