This comes from Jack Stulp from Christian Reformed Home Missions in his monthly letter/update for pastors…
The gospel is not “Believe…
—– – Reformed doctrine
—– – truth
—– – the content of seminary lectures
—– – or even the book, the Bible
———–—–—–—– …and you will be saved.”
The gospel is “Believe on the Lord Jesus,” a Person.
Maybe I should stop right here.
But I’ll ask a few questions to stimulate your thoughts.
:: –Do our young people see profession of faith as “Do I have my information in order so I can pass the test?”
:: –Do I see preaching as successful if some information is well communicated? Or, do I pray, work, and aim for a response to a Person?
:: –Can’t I build the range of Christian truth on these words, “Believe,” “Lord,” and “Jesus?”
:: –Isn’t it so that all my life I deal with Him as He is saving me from sin and leading me to Christlikeness?
:: –As I respond to His Word, am I not responding to Him?
Now, I’ll stop.
The Word of God: “Believe on the Lord Jesus,” on Him. That’s right: “Therefore I glory in Christ Jesus in my service to God.” (Romans 15:17).