Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It Really Is This Simple

The sight of the above Gospel Hall as I walked through the streets of St. Andrews, Scotland, captivated my heart and soul, and put a smile on my face. The sentence that repeated over and over again in my head as I looked at the humble structure, which has been the home of a Christian Brethren congregation for 100 years, was this: "It really is this simple."

The gospel doesn't need the help of man's strategies, methodologies, or philosophies. The gospel does not derive its power from these things, nor is the gospel's power enhanced by any of them. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek" (Romans 1:16). Sadly, most of man's efforts to make the gospel more palatable to lost sinners only serve to obscure the beauty, truth, and power of the only means God uses to save sinners: the preaching of the gospel (Romans 10:14-17).

It really is this simple.

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