When it comes to the gospel, Jay Adams writes that sometimes, Everything = Nothing | Institute for Nouthetic Studies | Blog – Biblical Counseling.
Reality check time…
Although there are many things in the doctrine of the church, which may be known from nature, yet the chief and principal part of it, which is the gospel, is so far beyond and above nature, that, unless the Son of God had revealed it unto us from the bosom of the Father, no wisdom of men or angels could have discovered it. -Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, p.4
Surely I am not the only one who has had jobs where our work, our fruit, even our very selves are constantly belittled. Why would we want to go to church only to be further accused, chastised, and marginalized in a similarly harsh fashion? I’ve come to realize that, when I arrive at church, I’m looking for living water to soothe my battered soul. I’m looking for friendships that build up, offering encouragement where it is needed, and loving accountability out of concern for my fellowship with God.
As much as I need that from other people, I pray that I am that healing balm to those I come in contact with. That my teaching, my worship leading, my conversations are so grace-filled, so Christ-centered, so saturated in the Word of God, that those I come into contact with feel an insatiable desire to grow closer to God, and to worship Him accordingly.
The best way to combat legalism is to preach a biblically accurate view of God’s law and its relationship to God’s gospel.
If you’re trying to pervert the grace of God into a license to sin, John Bunyan would like a word with you…