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The Gospel vs. Everything Else

I ran across a very interesting video the other day. It is a “Sermon Jam” that highlights the difference between the Gospel of Jesus Christ and religion. This video also destroys the modern thought of post-modernity. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings life while everything else brings death. That is the key difference between Christianity and any other philosophical or religious worldview. Here is the video:

“The mantra of religion is: I obey therefore, I’m accepted. The mantra of the Gospel is: I’m accepted therefore, I obey.”

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Go, Make Disciples

As Christians we hear the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20 a lot. I often think about the task Jesus gives to us and it is a bit overwhelming. These are the words Jesus said to his disciples:

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. -ESV

These words spurred on Jesus’ frightened, cowardly, and unimpressive disciples to reach a world that never heard of Jesus’ greatness. Today, I am grateful for the work of these disciples because we see their great impact throughout the world. Without God’s amazing work through them I would not be a believer, but they did not start by reaching every nation, they started small and we should follow suit. I learned this principle during my time in college.

Every year Crown College has a theme for chapels and events. During my last semester the theme was “Going Global”. It’s focus was on supporting missionaries and preaching Christ to the world. This is a great goal but this theme along with Jesus’ command in Matt. 28 is daunting. I asked myself, “How could I reach the entire world?” The answer was obvious…I couldn’t. When I came to that realization I had to take another look at Jesus’ words.

Reaching the nations doesn’t mean that I need to become a world traveller. It simply means that within my sphere of influence I need to do my best to preach Christ through my words and deeds. That is the Great Commission. The Gospel is not only for the Jews but it is for the Gentiles also. The Gospel isn’t just for the religious but it is for the atheist. The Gospel isn’t just for the people who have their lives in order but it is also for the broken. The Gospel is for everyone.

That is the command and the task at hand. Whether it is at the local coffee shop, golf course, school, or work it is our job to make disciples.

Go, make disciples.

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What a Geico Commercial Can Teach Us

For a long time I wondered why Geico used spokesmen like a talking lizard with an Australian accent or a caveman to advertise their product? I just never saw the connection between insurance and these characters. Well, they have completely confused me with their new advertising campaign. I was watching some baseball yesterday and this Geico insurance commercial came on:

After watching that I am sure that you are just as confused as I am by this commercial. How can you taste test insurance? Unfortunately, Geico runs these types of ads for one reason…they work! It is sad that they feel the need to entertain the viewer with an ad that has nothing to do with their product. As Christians there is a very important message that comes from this commercial. When it comes to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus we can’t be like Geico.

There are many people who preach some of the Gospel. They will tell people the joy that comes from being united to Christ but they do not mention that there is a cost to following him. There are many liberals who deny the truths of Scripture and refuse to preach about things like hell. There are others who do not teach the lordship of Jesus but instead preach cheap grace. The Geico commercials give the impression that they are ashamed of their product because they are not upfront about it. However we, as Christians, should not be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. I think the words of Paul to Timothy says it all:

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.  -2 Timothy 4:17a, ESV

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