Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Gospel Primer, Part 3 of 3

A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent

“Over the course of time, preaching the gospel to myself every day has made more of a difference in my life than any other discipline I have ever practiced” (p. 6).
Reasons 22-31 to Rehearse the Gospel Daily:

22. Saved for Good Works – Preaching the gospel to myself each day not only reminds me of the love of God for me, but it also reminds me of the love of God for the works that He has saved me to perform.
23. A Heart for the Poor – Like nothing else could ever do, the gospel instills in me a heart for the downcast, the poverty-stricken, and those in need of physical mercies.
24. All Things Crucified, Part 1 – The gospel reminds me that I must die to myself daily.
25. All Things Crucified, Part 2 – The gospel reminds me that, because of Christ, my dying is the way to life.
26. Hope of Heaven – The more I experience the riches of Christ in the gospel, the more there develops within me a yearning to be with Christ in heaven where I will experience His grace in unhindered fullness.
27. Mortifying the Flesh with Fullness – The key to mortifying fleshly lusts is to eliminate the emptiness within me and replace it with fullness; and I accomplish this by feasting on the gospel.
28. Thankfulness Enriched by Relief – The more absorbed I am in the gospel, the more grateful I become in the midst of my circumstances, whatever they may be. I deserve God’s wrath. Because of the gospel, I get God’s blessings.
29. The Ultimate Prize – God Himself is the ultimate prize of the gospel. As I meditate on the gospel each day, I find my thoughts inevitably traveling from the gifts I’ve received to the Giver of those gifts.
30. My Manifesto – Preaching the gospel to myself each day nourishes within me a holy brazenness to believe what God says, enjoy what He offers, and do what He commands.
31. To Him be the Glory – The more I embrace and experience the gospel, the more I delight in the worship of God, the more expressive my joy in Him becomes, and the more I yearn to glorify Him in all I say and do.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Justin, Thanks so much for your faithful commitment to putting meaningful material in your blog. I appreciate it and it helps me daily! Mike, Rowlett, TX