Tweets on The Gospel

While these upcoming tweets are scheduled for July release on my feed, I thought they should have a home here early. (Thanks, Scot). Happy head-messing!

Christopher

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The Gospel is the proclamation of all that Jesus is, not what we get because of who he is.

Saying the Gospel is all about personal salvation is like saying a car is all about its tires.

One reason many grow weary with our version of the Gospel is bc we talk more about an escape plan than we do about reformational living.

Corporate submission to the King trumps personal freedom.

Loving Jesus because of salvation is like loving your mom because she does your laundry.

Discovering that the Gospel is not about me and all about Jesus is one of the healthiest things an American can embrace.

Jesus is not your life coach. He’s King. Serving him invites the Holy Spirit, and he’ll lead you into all you need in his kingdom.

Our allegiance is pledged to King Jesus, not to a self-help menu.

If you want help, yes, embracing the Gospel will undo you.

Jesus didn’t die to give you personal freedom, he died because he’s the King who comes back from the dead. And he loved freeing you.

Proclaiming salvation is the Gospel is like saying that the scoreboard makes teams win games.

We must return to making the Gospel more about Jesus’ reign (which brought us salvation), not a self-help regiment.

The Gospel is not a gateway drug to lifestyle change. It is the message that Jesus is Lord and nothing else is, including our needs and wants.

Salvation is one benefit of the Gospel, but it is not the Gospel.

We do a disservice to Jesus and to people when we proclaim that the most significant part of the Gospel is salvation.

Emmanuel, God with us, astounds me.

“Jesus is Lord” should upset every balance in your life.

I don’t love Jesus because he saved me, I love Jesus because he’s God. That he does anything else for me at all is unspeakable wonder.

  • WayneBatson

    “Loving Jesus because of salvation is like loving your mom because she does your laundry.” Apples and oranges, my friend. And that’s a key danger with “bumper sticker” theological statements..or tweet-sized theology.

    Perhaps, in its original context, this quote made some kind of sense, but alone, it rather reeks. The analogy breaks down because it’s comparing Our Love for Jesus due to His Act of Saving Us to Our Love for Mom because of her act of Laundering Our Clothing. Jesus’s salvific act has limitless impact on man while laundry merely gives us clean clothing. That clothing is superficial, a simple covering. That clothing will wear out. And actually, we could clean our own clothing. Salvation is comprehensive, far beyond the superficial. Salvation never wears out. And we could never save ourselves.

    Loving Jesus for salvation is a very natural and correct response to the gift of salvation. Sure, in theory, it would be nice to say, “I love Jesus simply because of who He is,” but really, who Jesus is cannot be separated from what He has done. It’s because Jesus is the kind of being who would actually selflessly sacrifice on my behalf that I love Him. What kind of being does that?

    PS: Am I becoming “that guy” who replies to every post with some kind of criticism? DOH!

    • It’s the typical, predictable and well-oiled response from modern western evangelical Christianity who’s greatest (and often only) benefit from knowing God is salvation. And thus precisely what these tweets were trying to provoke. (No, you’re not that guy—the key difference is you are and will always be a close friend).

    • Mind you, I’m not faulting your appreciate for, love of or impassioned perspective on salvation, but rather it’s placement against who God is and must be for a Christian to grow properly and into mature adulthood.

    • PS – Opinions all my own. Money back guarantee at the door. 😉