We've wrapped up our series on the Gospel, though the earthquake of the Gospel is still reverberating in our lives today. In order to live a life that has the Gospel as the center, we must allow the Gospel to define every moment of our lives. We must rehearse it, know it well, and remind ourselves of it often. The challenge, then, is to preach it to yourself. It is only through feasting upon the Gospel ourselves that we are able to lead other malnourished souls to the banquet table that God has prepared in Christ Jesus. This week, the challenge is to preach the gospel to yourself everyday.
Included below are some practical ways that you can rehearse God's glorious story of redemption throughout this week and for the rest of your life with Christ.
PRACTICAL WAYS TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO YOURSELF
Meditate upon the Gospel
Isaiah 53:3‐6 Romans 3:23-26 Romans 5:6‐11 Romans 8:32-39 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 2 Corinthians 5:21 Galatians 2:21 Ephesians 2:1-19 Colossians 1:19-22
Pray the Gospel
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4.16 – the whole reason we can enter into the presence of a Holy and Righteous God is because of the work Christ did on the Cross.Our worship, then, is a result of the Gospel. Our obedience is a response to the Gospel.
Sing the Gospel
When I survey the wondrous cross
In Christ Alone
Before the Throne of God Above
It is Finished
All my tears
Remember how the Gospel has transformed your life (1 Timothy 1.13)
Study the Gospel
to grow in your passion for what Jesus has done, increase your understanding of what he has done. David Prior said, “We never move on from the cross, only into a more profound understanding of the cross.”
Practice incarnating the Gospel
Be a friend to sinners and engage in incarnational ministries.
Be known in gospel-community
have someone hold you accountable to this challenge during the week. Email them, call them, text them, or post something on their twitter to get involved in their lives and see if they're preaching the gospel to themselves. Share your story of grace with them. Let them in on how Jesus is changing you. Practice the "one anothers" that are ours in the covenant of grace with each other!
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