I’m at the Preach the Word conference through Acts 29 today and as always, posting my notes to the sessions I attend.
One of the speakers is Justin Holcomb. His topic was an incredibly important theological topic when it comes to preaching: preaching God’s 2 words – law and gospel. Justin used Galatians 3:1 – 3, 10 – 14 as his text.
It is important to understand how law and gospel relate as both are from God.
If we mess up the relationship between the law and the gospel, we are corrupting the core of the Christian faith.
When we miss this, we miss the core of the gospel.
We know from Scripture that Christ died to set us free.
Christ fulfilled the law perfectly.
Christ was raised from the dead for our justification.
We have been set free from the bondage of sin, the fear of death. We are called what Jesus was, pure and perfect.
The gospel has no condemnation.
Thesis 1: the doctrinal contents of the Holy Scripture, both of the Old Testament and the New Testament are made up of two doctrines different fundamentally from each other – the Law and the Gospel.
The law condemns and the gospel comforts.
The law is everything that commands, the gospel is everything that promises favor in Christ.
The problem is not with God’s law, but with us.
The law directs and the gospel delivers.
The 10 commandments are the summary of the law.
The law can’t heal what it diagnosis.
The law of God is perfect, true and righteous. It is holy, right and good.
The law can do nothing to create what it commands (Romans 7).
The function of the law is not to generate obedience, grace is.
God’s law and God’s gospel are two different words with two different functions.
The law tells us the truth but fails to convey the power to fulfill what it commands.
The gospel is the good news is that Jesus’ burden is light and there is no more “no” as that went to Jesus on the cross.
The gospel reveals God’s goodness, his mercy and his benefits.
Jesus took the law very seriously. He came to fulfill it, not abolish it.
Jesus summarizes the law in Matthew 22 by telling us to love God with all of us and love our neighbor as yourself.
Jesus commands love of God all the time.
Jesus doesn’t just summarizes the law, he intensifies it. The sermon on the mount (Matthew 5-7) is a great example of this. “You have heard it said…”
Jesus goes past the outward evidence of obedience to get to our heart.
Jesus’ call to be perfect is to give up what we worship so we can worship Jesus.
Thesis #2: Only he is an orthodox teacher who not only presents all articles of faith in accordance with Scripture, but also rightly distinguishes from each other the Law and the Gospel.
Law and gospel go together and in that order.
When we use the law to look good, it isn’t to get what Jesus gives us.
We can’t have the law without the gospel, but we can’t have the gospel without the law.
Forgiveness means never bringing it up.
Don’t replace the ministry of the Holy Spirit with law or exhortations motivating the human spirit.
Your goal in preaching is not to motivate someone.
Exhortation is not yelling or shaming.
Thesis #3: Rightly distinguishing the Law and the Gospel is the most difficult and the highest art of Christians in general and of theologians in particular. It is taught only by the Holy Spirit in the school of experience.
The only appropriate response to law and gospel is repentance.
I’m really excited for this week at Revolution Church. Of course, I’m really excited every week!
This week, we are having a special guest speaker. Josh Watt will be joining us. Josh is the student pastor at Redemption Gateway in Phoenix. Redemption is another Acts 29 church that we partner with.
This week, we will be looking at Ecclesiastes 8 and look at how to know and follow God’s ways. Often, we have no idea what God is doing in our lives or world, or how to partner with him. This can be frustrating when it comes to trusting in God and following him. This week, we’ll look at how to trust God when life doesn’t add up or when you don’t understand what God is doing.
This is definitely a week you don’t want to miss at Revolution Church. So, bring someone with you (you never know when a simple invite will make an eternal difference).
So, get there early. Come ready to worship and give Josh a loud, revolutionary welcome this week!
It’s been awhile since I did one of these, but thought it would be good to bring the tradition back
So much has happened
I’m on my summer preaching break, which has been unbelievably refreshing for me and my family
We spent a week in San Diego on vacation and last week, Katie and I spent the week in Newport Beach at the Acts 29 Pastor’s retreat
We got a new child 9 days ago through a local adoption
I’ll post more about that tomorrow
For my preaching break this year, we shot 3 sermon videos that we used over the last 3 weeks
The response to those sermons has been amazing, love hearing how God used those videos in the lives of our church
If you missed any of them, you can listen or watch them here
We showed my favorite of the 3 last night, that you can see here
We are starting a brand new 2 week series this week called Jonah & David, it is going to be a great look at two important people in Scripture and what we can learn from their lives
Then, on July 14 we are kicking off a brand new series called Fearless on the book of Joshua
That will also be the night that we look towards the future and our move as a church and what God has in store for us
The 14th is definitely a night you don’t want to miss as we look to see what God has in store for us
I am more excited about the future of Revolution than I have ever been about Revolution
I believe God is preparing us for some incredible things and we as leaders have seen God’s hand over this entire process of looking for a new location
Been loving all the Euro 2012 games
I’m one of those guys who gets up at 2am to watch a World Cup match
So pumped for the semi’s, love that all the powerhouses are left
I’m not much of an underdog guy
During my break over the past week, I’ve been reading one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read called The President’s Club, there truly is no better book for a history nerd
The next 3 months at Revolution Church are going to be unlike any other time in the history of our church
As we move, launch our fall Missional Communities, and some of the other things we have planned are going to set us on a journey where I believe we will see God do some things we’ve never seen him do at our church and through our church