It’s Picnic Season, here are some thoughts to prepare our hearts as we prepare those “side dishes to share”.
Thanks to my mother-in-law, Becky Albrecht, for these!
Background is the Gospel – “Why do we do what we do?”
“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our lives as well, because you had become dear to us.” (I Thessalonians 2:8)
The gospel: â€œI am accepted through Christ, therefore I obey.â€
Three aspects of the Gospel:
- The gospel is news about what God has done in history to save us, rather than advice about what we must do to reach God. The gospel is news that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection in history has achieved our salvation. We do not achieve it, only accept it. Jesus does not just bring good news; He is the good news.
- I am more sinful than I dared believe but more loved and accepted in Christ than I dared hope, because He lived the life I should have lived and died the death I should have died. Rest in his finished work.
- The gospel is: the way up is down, the way to power is give up power and serve, the way in to God is to go to the margins in repentance and faith. The gospel is: God loves to work through the weak, the marginal, the poor.
“Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, a nd that He appeared to Peter, and to the Twelve.” (I Corinthians 15:1-5)
â€œ[God] made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.. (II Corinthians 5:21)
“I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.” (Isaiah 61:10)
â€œBut God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.â€ (Romans 5:8)
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