Preaching the Gospel Clearly

Lots of pastors like to preach on topics that satisfy the ears of non-Christians, but Pastor John Piper, in his “Pastor as Prophet” syllabus, responds this way:

This gospel basis and gospel interweaving of our sermons should be clear enough so that gospel-deniers (like Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, legalists, libertines, etc) will not approve of our sermons. There should be enough of Christ and of his cross that those who deny the gospel don’t approve the sermon.

I’ve heard a lot of sermons, devotions, Bible studies, and youth messages that violated this biblical principle. Dear pastor, is there enough of Christ in your sermon so that unbelievers will disagree? Have you made Jesus and His cross clear?


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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