Preaching to Gospel… To Yourself!

Have you ever shared the gospel with yourself? When you are struggling with a specific sin as a Christian, what words help you out of it the most? 2 Timothy 1:9 says “[God] saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” We contributed nothing to our own salvation. God called us and God saved us. Why then do we still, after coming to know the truth of our wonderful salvation “granted us from all eternity,” still try to rely on ourselves to overcome sin?

In Titus 3:5, Paul reiterates again that God saved us “by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.” Paul urges Titus a few verses later to speak these truths with confidence “so that those who have believed will be careful to engage in good deeds.” Paul shares the gospel with Christians all the time. Why? Because the gospel, through the power of the Spirit, is mighty enough to enable us to overcome our flesh.

If you have studied the history of the Christian church you might have noticed that when any reformation happened, whether with Augustine or Luther or somebody else, there was always a return to the simple truths of the gospel. Sola fide (faith alone) was the cry of Luther. When the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church were mired in severe sin and corruption, Luther simply shared the gospel with them. This brought about the greatest Reformation that the Church had ever or has ever seen.

How does this apply to us? When you are overwhelmed by temptation or have fallen prey to sin, share the gospel with yourself, remembering that Christ has forgiven your sins and praising God like Paul when he said in Romans 7:24-25, “Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Let the gospel set you free.

Danny Stimson, College Intern

Leaning on God’s Sovereignty

“I am God and there is no other…my counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all my purpose.”

Isaiah 46:9-10.

“He works all things after the counsel of His will.”

Ephesians 1:11.

Have you ever meditated on the sovereignty of God? The sovereignty of God should not be a doctrine that strikes fear (other than a reverent fear) into us, but instead should be a doctrine that calms our fears. Too often this doctrine is simply fiercely debated without practical application. So I want to ask all of us a question to think about: What are the practical implications of God’s sovereignty in our daily lives?

For most of my college years at Texas A&M, I did not know what I wanted to do with my life after college. I feared the future and what it would bring. Once I started thinking about vocational ministry this fear actually increased! I decided to start my journey by becoming a college intern at Grace Bible Church. The thought of raising support, while being newly married and having the new responsibility as “the provider”, drove me to lean on God to be my True Provider. I began to understand that He alone is in control of my life. This was a wonderfully liberating concept for me.

For those of us who love God and are in Christ, nothing can ultimately come in the way of Him doing the deepest and highest good for us. His sovereignty tells us that He will provide for what He has already planned. If His plans are different from our plans, we can trust in His ways, because He is good and is seeking our highest good.

Whether you are thinking about life after college and how you will find a job in this rough economy, or struggling through a rough and dark time in life, or raising support for a summer project mission trip, or even worried about what’s for dinner, you can lean on God’s sovereignty. Why? Because He is good, kind, merciful, and gracious.

Let us “commit our ways to the Lord; trusting in Him, and He will act” (Psalm 37:5).

Jon Yeager, College Intern