Monday, March 07, 2005

Shocking!

Just how shocking is the Gospel?
Should this really feel as provocative as it does? Reading this casts my mind back to my study of Jonah with Steve last month as we witnessed Jonah's outrage at God's grace to Nineveh... even as beneficiaries of the same grace how is that we begin to count ourselves better than others? Let us delight that God is gracious!

The message of Jesus death confounds proud minds, it runs against our sinful instincts and desire to justify ourselves for our every failing. How much we need to keep returning to God for grace! And how sufficient his mercy to those who do believe. The same message of the Cross that seems foolish to some is the greatest wisdom to those who are being saved. What is weakness to the proud is supreme power to the humbled.

How hard is it for us to just say sorry and stop making excuses? How hard to belive that we are recieved by God not on the basis of who we are or what we've done? How hard to believe that we are recieved by God, for him, on the basis of who he is and what he has done?

Start again.

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  2. The gospel does seem to be easily sanitised and blunted - not least when we get complacent in the Church. If we assume that somehow we're safe from the jolt of God, then we can reduce the gospel's potential impact...

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