Contributed by Andrew Chan on Aug 26, 2003
THE GOSPEL OF GRACE?
Put bluntly: the American church today accepts grace in theory but denies it practice. We say we believe that the fundamental structure of reality is grace, not works – but our lives refute our faith.
By and large, the gospel of grace is neither proclaimed, understood,
Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jun 10, 2011
THE LAW AND THE GOSPEL
John Wesley: "There is no [conflict] at all between the law and the gospel; that there is no need for the law to pass away, in order to the establishing of the gospel. Indeed neither of them supersedes the other, but they agree perfectly well together. Yea, the very same
THE GOSPEL IS OFFENSIVE
There is something about the gospel that is inherently offensive. I don’t like saying that, and you may not like hearing it. But it is incontestable. The gospel puts some people off.
Take David and Roland, two high school friends of mine. David was what you might call
Contributed by Charles Wallis on Feb 22, 2008
Demonstrate the Gospel
R.W. Shambach told the story of a meeting he was in with T.L. Osborn. A young man who was a boxer and had been blinded by severe blows was also in the meeting. Shambach knew the man personally and knew that he was not a believer. Osborn called the man forward and
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Aug 11, 2008
TUNE INTO THE GOSPEL
Right now, there are thousands of radio stations broadcasting through the air all over the U.S. Some have news shows, others play a variety of musical styles; commercials are blaring while other stations broadcast sporting events. But if you do not tune in, those radio
Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Aug 18, 2008
Counterfeit money is lacking in authority—-it does not have the backing of the federal government. A good counterfeiter can dupe some people into accepting his copywork as legitimate currency. But eventually, when the fake money is brought before the authorities, it will be
Contributed by Bret Toman on Mar 14, 2013
"BARBARIANS" AND THE GOSPEL
It is said that one of the greatest disasters in the history of Christianity took place in 1271. Nichelo and and Matteo Polo, the father and the uncle of Marco Polo, were visiting the Kubla Kahn. At that time, Kubla Kahn was a world ruler. He ruled all of China, all
"The gospel is not a doctrine of the tongue, but of life. It cannot be grasped by reason and memory only, but it is fully understood when it possesses the whole soul and penetrates to the inner recesses of the heart."
"The Gospel that represents Jesus Christ, not as a system
A great Indian evangelist named Sadhu Sundar Singh observed, "The cross bears
JESUS IS THE GOSPEL.
"Fundamentally, our Lord’s message was Himself. He did not come merely to preach a Gospel; He himself is that Gospel. He did not come merely to give bread; He said, "I am the bread." He did not come merely to shed light; He said, "I am the light." He did not come merely to
Contributed by Rickey Bennett on Aug 16, 2009
FRESH FAITH, FRESH GOSPEL
The dictionary defines "fresh" as that which is newly made or obtained; that which does retain the original properties without any degradation. Conversely, "staleness" is defined as: having lost the freshness, effervescence, or palatability; lacking originality or
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 26, 2010
Missionary Explains Gospel to a Devoted Hindu
Faith in Jesus is the means to appropriate God’s justification. Since Jesus Christ has finished the salvation of humanity, man’s response is to rely on that finished work. Reliance on Jesus for salvation is putting our total trust in Him.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on May 31, 2010
TIM KELLER ON THE GOSPEL
Tim Keller once said, “Here’s the gospel: you’re more sinful than you ever dared believe; you’re more loved than you ever dared hope."
(Source: Tim Keller, Treasure
Contributed by Tim Smith on Oct 20, 2010
THE GOSPEL TRACT DISPENSER
Mike Slaughter tells the story of rushing through the airport to catch his connecting flight. He ran into the bathroom and went into a stall. And when he began to pull on the toilet paper, and a Gospel tract fell out onto the floor. He picked it up and began to read
Contributed by John Putty on Apr 14, 2011
In The Gospel in Hymns, published in 1950, is a story about Philip Brooks, author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”:
One April fools day, Brooks saw a boy on Boylston Street in Boston trying to reach a doorbell. Brooks walked up the steps and said, "Let me help you, my little
Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jun 25, 2011
WATERED-DOWN SOCIAL GOSPEL
Richard Niebuhr rightly challenged the liberal social gospel movement of watering down the offense of the cross with the scathing words, "A God without wrath brought me without sin into a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 3, 2011
PREACH THE WHOLE GOSPEL
John Nelson preaching about the influence of John Wesley’s preaching and its effects upon him, said:
"This man can tell the secrets of my heart, but he hath not left me there, he hath showed me the remedy, even the blood of Christ. Then was my soul filled with
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 28, 2011
CARL'S GOSPEL GARDEN
He didn't talk much. He would always greet you with a big smile and a firm handshake. Even after living in our neighborhood for over 50 years, no one could really say they knew him very well.
Before his retirement, he took the bus to work each morning. The lone sight of
Contributed by Johnny Palmer on Jan 13, 2012
ELVIS SOOTHED BY GOSPEL MUSIC
Elvis used to stay up all night singing gospel songs. He once said, "We do two shows a night for five weeks. A lotta times we'll go upstairs and sing until daylight - gospel songs. We
Contributed by Clark Tanner on Aug 21, 2004
“The power that is in the Gospel does not lie in the eloquence of the preacher, otherwise men would be the converters of souls, nor does it lie in the preacher’s learning, otherwise it would consist in the wisdom of men. We might preach until our tongues rotted, till we would exhaust our lungs and