In the book of Galatians we find a people who, having once experienced and celebrated the gospel message, begin to turn away from it. Somehow the message they heard from false teachers seemed more appealing to them than the simplicity and unchanging beauty of the gospel. The gospel was not enough; they wanted something different. But in turning from the gospel, they weren't simply turning away from a message- they were turning away from a person (Galatians 1:6-7).
Are we guilty of the same sometimes? Are we guilty of turning our eyes from the simplicity of the gospel, burying Jesus under false ideas, conspiracy theories, and perhaps unbalanced slants of doctrine?
I will never forget that a long time in an unnamed church where I was preaching for the day, a well- meaning lady said to me, “Oh, I’ve heard this before!” I had talked about God’s love and forgiveness, something I’m sure she HAD heard before. But the implication of what she was saying is that, because she’d heard it before, it was no longer new or relevant. It had become to her a message that she deemed ‘too basic’.
Really? Too basic?
The gospel message is not basic- it’s everything. One writer put it this way: “Hanging upon the cross, Christ was the gospel. This is our message, our argument, our doctrine, our warning to the impenitent, our encouragement for the sorrowing, the hope for every believer".
Today I choose to believe in the “simple” message of Jesus. Will you?
Thought for the week...
Wall of Fame
Here are some photos from our Regional Day on August 1, 2015.
Photo credit: Bill Belson.
We wish to thank...
This week we wish to thank our youth leader and his team. They are working hard to get some youth programs up and running and we wish to thank them for their prayers, friendship and support of our youth.
Please keep the youth in your prayers as we seek to minister to them and encourage them in the faith. Keep the leaders in your prayers as well.