As our speaker, Jimmy Terry, carefully explained to us this past Sunday, we NEVER graduate from the gospel. A discussion on the gospel is never common, nor is it ever old news. For all eternity it will be LIFE-GIVING news that initiates His grace our way, and EXCITING news that continues to change lives—over and over again.
As we all initially grasped the concept of salvation, we were focused on the message of the gospel. The death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ was center place in our minds and hearts. That message shouldn’t fade as we mature in Christ.
As we continue to grow in our faith, we need a constant reminder of His sacrifice for us. In truth, there are several important reasons why we need to read, study, memorize, and meditate on the gospel on an ongoing basis.
First, such an ongoing review of the salvation story keeps Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for us centered in our hearts. All of the doctrinal truths found in God’s Word stem out of the foundational understanding of the gospel. So, talking about it helps keep it the “main thing.” Christ is our Savior, our Lord, and our Master. Reviewing the tenets of the gospel reminds us of those certainties.
As believers grow in grace, they need more gospel, not less! We do not leave the gospel behind while pursuing some other theological truths. “We never outgrow the Gospel; we simply grow in our understanding of it” (Mitch Chase).
Second, the gospel encourages us to see our world as God sees it. It helps us focus in on our walk with Christ. The gospel helps change our thinking and, ultimately, our actions. Such a continuous reflection on grace ensures that we do not try to return to good works as a means to attain His pardon.
Frankly speaking, we all need the encouragement of the gospel every single day. It will help us worship and praise our Father. It will keep our identity in Christ clear in our minds. It will shove us away from sin and motivate us to serve Him better.
Sunday’s message came from the last chapter in Romans (Romans 16:25-27), but as you stir up your affections for the gospel this week, consider the words of Romans 1:16:
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believers, first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed…”