Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Bold Challenge

What if each one of us challenged our ministers and teachers to preach nothing but Christ and Him crucified for an entire year?

What might happen if our churches heard nothing but the pure, unadulterated gospel of Jesus the Savior for twelve months straight?

How many might come into a relationship - either for the first time, or an even closer one - with the God of grace through His only begotten Son and inspired by His Holy Spirit if their time of worship and learning revolved around the One whom the law and prophets anticipate, the gospels celebrate, the epistles inaugurate, and holy revelation consummates?

Suppose every message shared; every sermon delivered; every class taught came back to the life and death and resurrection of the Messiah who makes it possible for us to live again, too?

Would His presence in our assemblies become more tangible, more real, more perceptible?

Would His influence in our lives become more welcome, more obvious, more of a blessing?

I can't make a challenge like this without being willing to take it up myself.

In 2009, I am resolved to blog nothing but Christ Jesus and Him crucified in this place. If what I write about here does not point to Him - directly or indirectly - it is not worth writing about here and I will not do it.

4 comments:

David U said...

Looking forward to each and every post, brother!

DU

Royce Ogle said...

The great coach Tom Landry said "In the game of foot ball you never get past the fundamentals". He was exactly right.

The same is true of being a follower of Jesus. It is only by understanding the gospel, what has been done, is being done, and will be done, that all of the other discplines of the life of faith make sense.

The old, old story of Jesus and His love is sweeter to me today than when I first heard it over 45 years ago. I look forward to your posts in '09.

His peace,
Royce

ltd51 said...

This is something I will look forward too.
Lance

dell kimberly said...

How much different the results would be if we could only change the emphasis of our preaching!