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What the Gospel Isn't

The doing of social justice is required by God in His law, and yet, if anyone relies on the works of the law, they'll find themselves under a curse. The gospel isn't taking up the cause of justice; in fact, the true gospel empowers justice.

Resources:

Galatians 3:10-14

Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 41, GalatiansRichard Longenecker

Center Church, Chapter 20: Centering the Missional Church, Timothy Keller

The big idea this morning: The gospel isn’t taking up the cause of justice.

Resources:

Galatians 3:10-14
Schreiner, Galatians, page 178

The gospel isn't therapy because the gospel deals with our biggest problem: rebellion; the gospel provides our greatest need: peace with; and because the gospel secures the destiny we were made for.

Resources:

Romans 5:1-11

  • Goodtherapy.com
  • Adapted from Doug Moo’s definition in The Epistle to the Romans (New International Commentary on the New Testament), page 227
    Romans For You by Tim Keller, page 79
  • Ibid

The gospel is the good news concerning what God has done, not a message telling us what we should do. Therefore, it cannot be simply getting serious about your faith or resolving to do better.

Resources:

Ephesians 2:1-10

Conversion: How God Creates a People, Michael Lawrence

The Gospel isn’t getting serious about your faith because: you were dead, not imperfect; God saves; you don’t; God saves for good works, not by good works

Resources:

Ephesians 2:1-10

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