“Domesticated Gospel”

This past Sunday, as we focused on the Grow of Gather Grow Go, I sought to make the argument that we never outgrow the Gospel. In Christ, the Gospel contains “unsearchable riches” (Eph. 3:8). However, one problem that often plagues us, as D.A. Carson so aptly points out, is that we don’t want such riches. Carson wrote:

I would like to buy about three dollars worth of the gospel, please. Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted. I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust. I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture. I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation. I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself don’t want to love those from different races—especially if they smell. I would like enough gospel to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged. I would like about three dollars worth of the gospel, please.

Of course, none of us is so crass as to put it that way. But most of us have felt the temptation to opt for a domesticated version of the gospel. (Basics for Believers, pgs. 12-13)

Dr. Carson’s words are as penetrating today as when he first wrote them over 20 years ago. He said; “we unwittingly find ourselves formally espousing the gospel…of infinite worth, while in reality we are no longer possessed by it.” Redeemer Church, by God’s grace may this not be true of us! Let us commit to Growing in the Gospel knowing that we will never exhaust it’s unsearchable riches.

About Pastor Matt

Matt Baker is the Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church.
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