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As requested by a number of you, herewith a few books that I strongly recommend.

The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Written by Grant Nuss   
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 14:28

Mark 16:15; "He told them, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone."

"While the good news of the gospel may not appeal to everyone, the bad news of the gospel still applies to everyone" (Matt Chandler). Let’s be honest: much of what we hear preached today, especially by the so-called ‘celebrity’ (TV) preachers, is, quite simply, ‘gospel-lite’. Spot the number of times you hear the word Jesus spoken, the cross, sin, repentance, and that there is in fact ‘bad news’ for those who do not believe. Most of all, the good news is interpreted as being that God wants us to be healthy, wealthy, and successful, and all we have to do is think positive thoughts and all will be well. That’s not what the gospel says at all. The word “gospel” literally means “good news” which is that God will give us pardon from our sins and eternal life with Him in Heaven, if we will turn away from our sins and turn to Him, accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Saviour and Lord” (John 2:16). What about our text today? Well, the emphasis is on faith and believing. Think about this with me: In 1 Corinthians 15:2-4 Paul explains that the three elements of the gospel are the death, burial and resurrection of Christ on our behalf. That our sinful nature died with Jesus on the cross, was buried with Him, and, that we were resurrected with Him to a new life (Romans 6:4-8). I love what Paul implores us to do, to “hold firmly” to this true gospel, the only one which saves. For Paul, and every follower of Christ who has not been duped by the false gospel and teaching, that believing in any other gospel is to believe in vain. In fact, in Romans 1:16-17, Paul also declares that the true gospel is the “power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” by which he means that salvation is not achieved by man’s efforts, but by the grace of God through the gift of faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). Those who are saved by the power of God will always show the evidence of salvation by a changed life. What are we called to do with this changed life? To tell everyone about it!

 

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