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(Hopefully Not) Undermining the Gospel

11/29/2011

In the past few days, I’ve been reading a book called “Reverberation- how God’s word brings light, freedom, and action to His people” by Jonathan Leeman. It’s been an extremely refreshing read, and it’s been challenging my view of God’s Word and the many roles it plays in the believer’s life and in the church. A quote from a particularly helpful section that speaks on the Word’s lead role in the church over other factors:

The temptation to give a lead role to something besides the Word risks undermining the Gospel. The church of Christ is to be united around the gospel words of Christ, not around ethnicity, socioeconomic class, age, style, or anything else. It’s where there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, because the gospel creates one new man among those who were formerly divided (Gal 3:28; Eph 2:19-20). Consider carefully, therefore, what it means when we deliberately attempt to unite people to our church, not around the gospel Word, but around some point of natural affinity. Whether we mean to or not, we’re sending the message that (1) the gospel Word is not sufficient for creating unity among sinners; and that (2) other forms of natural unity are just as worthy as gospel unity.
-Jonathan Leeman, Reverberation

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