What Preaching the Gospel Isn’t, and Is

It strikes me that, with all the God-centered, Christ-centered, gospel-centered language floating around these days, often the gospel is actually lost. So if you’ve ever been in a service in which the preacher uses the word “gospel” without actually understanding it, here’s a helpful list of what the gospel isn’t.

Preaching the gospel isn’t:

Preaching the gospel Is:

  • convicting the sinner of sin, in broad and specific ways
  • explaining God’s wrath against the sinner and the sin
  • explaining Jesus’ perfect life, death as a substitute for sins, burial, and resurrection over death
  • explaining God’s glory in all of the Bible, all of life, and ultimately in Christ
  • necessarily calling for repentance from our sins and faith in Him
  • explaining the benefits Christ purchased for all who trust Him
  • applying these benefits through Christ’s life, death, burial, and resurrection to a host of life issues

Now, which do you tend to hear? Which one gives true life, joy, peace, freedom, and righteousness, and which points us only to ourselves?


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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