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A Good Question…

Below is an email I received yesterday after the sermon and my response.  I thought it might prove helpful to others also as I didn’t get to develop this point very much..  (Identifying information has been removed.)

Hey John,

________ and I were talking this morning about your message from yesterday. We were both very blessed and encouraged by it. We both agree we need to be more Cross centered in our family and how that would change many dynamics of struggles we have going on. We were talking through what that is going to look like and were kind of stumped by the one point you made to memorize the gospel. What do you mean by that? I believe you mean memorize key verses refering to the gospel. Could you give me a “for example” verse?

Have a good night,

And here is my reply...

Hi ______,

Thanks for the encouraging email. I’m glad to hear how God used His Word in your hearts/lives.
I’m guessing by your question that you guys were in 1st service. I had to rush through the conclusion that service and didn’t get to explain what I meant that service, but developed it more during 2nd service. Anyway… here’s a synopsis of what I said and meant.

Should you know the gospel for evangelism? Yes. But that’s not what I’m talking about… What I meant is that you should memorize the aspects of the gospel which you struggle the most to embrace, believe and live in. E.g., you struggle with guilt & shame after sinning. Well, first consider 2 Cor 7:10-11 to examine if your repentance is real & matches how the Bible describes repentance. If so, then think on 1 John 1:8, God is faithful to forgive & cleanse us from our sin. Furthermore, Rom 8:1 says that there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus., as we talked about on Sunday, etc., etc. In other words, pick out those gospel truths that best relate to the areas of the gospel you’re prone to forgetting/ignoring/supplanting and memorize those. Maybe it’s that section of Heb 10:10-18 where it says that Christ has offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, justifying all those who are being sanctified. You can use the verses listed in the sermon notes as a starting point, but I’d encourage you to read through Romans, Hebrews & Philippians to find, see & discover more.

Hope this helps clarify and provides you with a firm foundation on which to build,

Author: John Pleasnick

John serves as a pastor and elder at Faith Bible Church

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