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05/07/2012

The content of our preaching in vital

What is the content of our Gospel preaching today?

I must confess that over the years I have occasionally preached about the ‘great plan and purpose’ God has for people’s lives as a means of drawing them to the saviour, but lately I have come to realise why this is the wrong thing to do. Having gone through the ‘Way of the Master’ series it has become abundantly clear that dealing with a person’s sin and helping them to see themselves in the light of God’s law is essential as a precursor to the message of good news given to us through Christ. 

Having recently finished reading for the second time Arnold Dallimore’s book ‘George Whitefield’ volume 2, I note the profound conclusion made by Dallimore about one of the Key’s to Whitefield’s success, he writes...

Whitefield speaks to us about the Power of the Gospel. It was not the ‘social gospel’ but the gospel of ‘redeeming grace’ that brought the great change two hundred [and fifty] years ago. In the knowledge of the power of the Gospel Whitefield went with confidence to the semi-heathen Kingswood colliers or the equally godless aristocracy and to all other classes of mankind and witnessed the transformation of lives among all.

The Gospel is the need of this present hour. Not the partial Gospel which characterises so much of today’s evangelicalism, but the whole Gospel that declares the majesty and holiness of God, the utter helplessness of man, the necessity of repentance, and a salvation that is manifested, not in a mere profession, but in the miracle of a new life. May Whitefield’s example bring Christians back to the Gospel in its fullness and therefore its power!

 
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