Something I have wondered for a while is ‘do Christians really understand the gospel?’ We might all know how to become a Christian – that we need to repent and trust in Jesus death and resurrection but is that where we leave Jesus? Is Jesus only for beginners?
Last Friday in the ministry team training hour we discussed this very topic. At the moment we are reading a book called ‘Setting Hearts on Fire’ which is written by John Chapman. In a nutshell the book is about ‘being servants of the word of God and servants of the people we are telling about Jesus’. The book very clearly outlines the gospel and I reckon most people would agree with most of what the author has to say. But here’s the thing: why doesn’t the gospel overflow into every aspect of our lives and into every issue that we come across?
I reckon it’s because generally people don’t have a good biblical theology (a good understanding of how all of the Old Testament points forward to Jesus and how all of the New Testament points back to Jesus). We just don’t seem to understand how everything is about Jesus.
I think Steve’s talk on Sunday really helped us to start thinking about fighting this disease. Firstly we need to soak ourselves in God’s word the Bible – actually apply God’s word to our lives. And secondly we need to see how Jesus is the answer to all things. Steve also talked about the bush fires and how in such an horrific event we need to be the first to give money, blood etc. But not to miss the real issue – the real tragedy – that millions of people don’t know Jesus.
What do you reckon?
- Do Christians really understand what they believe?
- If you answered ‘no’ to the above question – What do you think is getting in the way us realising that everything is about Jesus?