The ePub edition of Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson is on sale in today’s $5 Friday sale at Ligonier.org. Also on sale:
- Contentment, Prosperity, and God’s Glory by Jeremiah Burroughs (paperback)
- Parenting by God’s Promises: How to Raise Children in the Covenant of Grace by Joel Beeke (ePub download)
- Hath God Said? teaching series by R.C. Sproul (audio and video download)
$5 Friday ends tonight at 11:59:59 PM Eastern.
Learning from good preachers is a tricky business.
On the one hand, we are commanded to learn from other preachers. Paul told Timothy, “What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). None of us have an excuse for not learning from the best. The training is free, and just a click away.
But on the other hand, God has created us all as natural born imitators, in order that we imitate Jesus and become conformed to his image. But we imitate other people in many ways, too, not least of them while learning from good preachers. It is natural to sound like preachers you like.
Only a true grasp of the gospel can liberate us from the lies we have told ourselves. Not only are we dishonest about our sin and neediness, but we are not fearful or closed off from inviting others to being honest with themselves and ourselves as well. Tripp is right. We participate in “the blind leading the blind” when we refuse to see sin rightly and live as a community that makes self-atonement by pretending and performing in attempts to circumvent the power of the gospel to change our lives. How blind are we? We would rather live in the chains of self-deception through the lens of pride than the freedom of self-discovery through the lens of Scripture.
Though Satan can never steal the Christian’s crown, though he can never snatch him away from the hand of the Father, he is so envious and malicious that he will leave no stone unturned in robbing the Christian of comfort and peace, in making their life miserable, in giving them reason to live in constant sorrow and mourning, doubt and questioning.
Jude St. John:
Is there too much gospel-talk these days? too much cross-talk? I have seen and read some discussion about current Christianity’s use, or perhaps overuse, of terms that involve gospel and cross and the like.
My first thought when I read these articles, blog posts, and various other forms of communication is: what is the alternative? Should we not be talking about the cross and the gospel? Should these things not be the focus of our conversations and communications? Unlikely.