At Mobberly, we have identified December as an “Impact Month” and the entire church family is faced with the Christmas Challenge — to bring lost friends to Mobberly to be impacted by the upfront, life-changing, gospel of Jesus. With the series “Simple Christmas”, we are focusing every function, every service, every celebration as Gospel sharing — all month long. Such a repetition of Gospel invites has caused mostly excitement. Many people find the ones they care about most facing a Christ-less eternity are close friends and family but spiritual conversations have reached an impasse. So taking them to church is almost a fresh “breath” and new opportunity to be confronted once again with the reality of an eternal destiny.
However, there are a few Christians who have found this objective monotonous. So here’s my thoughts on such a perspective. So many of us have heard the gospel so often that we actually neglect it during this familiar time of nativities, Christmas parties, and church responsibilities. But I have concluded that there are really 2 things that should happen every time we contemplate the gospel story (1 Timothy 1:15-17). (1) The more you understand and repeat to yourself gospel truth, the more you’ll realize how deep a sinner you really are and how sovereign a work grace really is.
Paul calls himself “the chief of sinners.” Paul seems to have gone through somewhat of a revolution. When he writes to the Corinthians—in, roughly speaking, about 55 A.D.—he calls himself “the least of the apostles.” When he writes to the Ephesians about 5yrs later, he calls himself “the least of the saints.” But when he writes to Timothy, another 5yrs again, he calls himself “the chief of sinners.” Don’t you see? It as if Paul, as he grew in grace, also simultaneously grew downward in his estimation of himself.
Secondly, the more we reflect on the gospel, the more praise we will offer the Lord. “Now to the King eternal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.” You can’t— if you’re a child of God, if you truly know your sins to be forgiven — you can’t help but praise God for the gospel. You can’t utter the words of the gospel without praise following on its heels.
“Praise, my soul, the King of heaven; to His feet thy tribute bring. Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven; who, like me, His praise should sing? Praise Him, praise Him, praise Him, praise Him! Praise the everlasting King!”