Preaching Christ and Him Crucified

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“Never be content with your current grasp of the gospel. The gospel is the life-permeating, world-altering, universe-changing truth. It has more facets than a diamond. It's depths man will never exhaust.” – C.J. Mahaney

       We took our youth group and some college students to Ridgecrest retreat center in North Carolina for a Centrifuge camp in which my Pastor Landon Dowden was the camp pastor. After one sermon most of the youth realized the Gospel was sweeter than they imagined. Sadly I and the other pastoral staff had forgotten the impact of a gifted Gospel centered, exegetical Sermon.

       Our grasp of the Gospel and ability to preach the Gospel should always be growing. The Gospel preached changes not only a non-believer’s life but it should continually grow the believer too. If you think that the Gospel is as simple as God saving Man then you lack a wholesome view of the Scripture.

      Sadly the vast majority of Churches lack in gifted Gospel preaching. Due to the lack of giftedness and theological training many pastors preach what the people desire to hear, the lie called “Prosperity Gospel.” We are called to proclaim the Gospel to the World (Mathew 28:19-20), until all believers are spiritually mature (Ephesians 4:12-13).

     It is not the U.N. that will bring peace in any country; it is the Gospel that can break the terrorist’s heart from his pursuit of killing. It is the Gospel that can liberate our cities from the depravity that our news is littered with, and the Gospel that can grow all believers to maturity.
The Gospel is indeed Christ and Him crucified. The whole of Scripture is filled with this Gospel reality, and the implications for our lives. Through the Gospel, parishioners begin to live like Christ, care like Christ and dedicate themselves to one another. Preaching the Gospel correctly is a calling for all preachers. 

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