Definition of the church: a “local, living, and loving collection of people who are committed to Christ and committed to each other.” – Mark Dever
The gospel cannot be fully realized in and through us apart from engagement with the church – the body of Christ.
a. The gospel overcomes individualism.
b. The gospel overcomes entitlement. | Luke 22:14-28.
c. The gospel overcomes self-conceit and selfishness | 1 Corinthians 10:17-33
Once we receive the gospel, we think it’s up to us to live up to the expectation of the gospel. This can leave us prideful because we’re doing “good” or discouraged because we “fail.”
The facts of the gospel: the good news (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
For some reason – namely, our depravity – we have a tendency to think the cross saves us from past sin, but after we are saved, we have to take over and clean ourselves up. We call this the “assumed gospel” and it flourishes when well-meaning teachers, leaders, and preachers set out to see lives first and foremost conformed to a pattern of behavior (religion) and not transformed by the Holy Spirit’s power (gospel).
The idolatry that exists in man’s heart always wants to lead him away from his Savior and back to self-reliance no matter how pitiful that self-reliance is or how many times it has betrayed him. Religion is usually the tool the self-righteous man uses to exalt himself. … We are saved, sanctified, and sustained by what Jesus did for us on the cross and through the power of the resurrection.
– Matt Chandler
Romans 8:5-8 in The Message: “Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God!”
Submit to the Spirit and ask him establish the gospel in our hearts and minds so that we can be energized by Him.