It’s the Gospel, Stupid

Are we curious why our voice doesn’t seem to be heard and our words don’t make sense to anyone? Maybe it’s because we’ve lost our focus and our talk has become limited to water cooler chatter. Maybe it’s because we don’t know how to talk about the important things anymore.

My husband says that Twitter isn’t about social networking, rather it’s a group of people trying to out-do each other with profound sayings and ironically, nothing is profound anymore.  This got me thinking that maybe the church has tried so hard to get fancy with the gospel that it has ceased to be the true gospel message.

If the gospel is not a love story–your loved story–it becomes old and boring, and you can live life week to week on three-point sermons without Jesus. I’m becoming uncomfortably aware that most of what we talk about in and out of the church, what we tweet, what we preach and teach, and what occupies our thoughts and calendars has very little to do with Jesus. Yet, His love–the love found at the cross–is the only valuable thing we have to offer.  Everything else is just confusing and meaningless.  We need to dig ourselves out of this vast expanse of information in which we live to the simple message of the cross, “Jesus loves me.”

It’s the gospel, stupid.  We don’t need better programs (Please, no more programs!), we don’t need better behavior (although it wouldn’t hurt for some of us to start living the gospel out in truthful speech and sacrificial love) and we don’t need more information (as I add to the mountain of blogger blather).  We just need a compelling love story and that is what the gospel is–you and me being  incredibly loved by God in Christ Jesus.

The apostles got this.

For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake” 2 Corinthians 4:5.

The early church got this.

He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything” Colossians 1:18.

When did the church forget this?

When did I?