Thursday, June 30, 2011
The Gospel is bad news before it is good news. It is the news that man is a sinner, to use the old word, that he is evil in the imagination of his heart, that when he looks in the mirror all in a lather what he sees is at least eight parts chicken, phony, slob. That is the tragedy. But it is also the news that he is loved anyway, cherished, forgiven, bleeding to be sure, but also bled for. That is the comedy.Two vitally important things to take from that
- Bad news before good news
- The gospel as narrative - NOT DOCTRINE
I've said it before and I will say it again, Christ makes no sense if we are not sinners. We live in a culture that steadfastly refuses to acknowledge our sinfulness. Our emphasis has to change - we need to bring conviction to people. We just need to figure out how to do so without making people turn away. Christ did it with the woman at the well, certainly we can if we but delve deep enough into the Spirit to have Christ's true grace.
Telling the gospel as story is a good place to start that process. Rather than the four spiritual "laws" - it is something different. The Christian life is so much more than a set of beliefs. It is a story with all the classic story points - in fact it defines the classic story points.
Can you tell the story or just recite the "laws?"