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Boundless Gospel

While celebrating our 75th Anniversary, our church is going back to the basics remembering what we have been about all these years. Our values as a church have never changed. The basic value that caused a group of people to gather together and start a church 75 years ago was inspired from recognizing the boundless gospel. The boundless gospel is the beginning of every real Christian church. Our church founders wanted to spread the gospel to a section of Dallas where the gospel could reach more people.

As I have I have been reflecting on and teaching this value, I realized how easy it is to begin with the boundless gospel and then think we understand it and move on to deeper things. The truth is that the boundless Gospel can never be comprehended—it is truly boundless. It is so amazing, so incredible that I could contemplate it every day of my life and never fully understand the ramifications of this boundless gospel on my own nor be able to see its true impact on the world.

Most of the time we conceive of the gospel as something we accept once, get baptized and move on to bigger things. The Gospel is and always will be the bigger thing. Our moving on is recognizing that the Gospel is biggest, greatest, and the most reasonable way to transform a fallen world to an extent more than we can ever envision.

The most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16, was spoken by Jesus in a conversation with Nicodemus, a wise scholar of Hebrew Scriptures. Jesus explained: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. I love this explanation of this verse:

GOD
the greatest Lover
SO LOVED
the greatest degree
THE WORLD
the greatest number
THAT HE GAVE
the greatest act
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON
the greatest Gift
THAT WHOSOEVER
the greatest invitation
BELIEVETH
the greatest simplicity
IN HIM
the greatest Person
SHOULD NOT PERISH
the greatest deliverance
BUT
the greatest difference
HAVE
the greatest certainty
EVERLASTING LIFE

the greatest possession (www.crossway.org/tracts/the-greatest-gift-2866)
I hate to count the number of days that I have lived my life without considering the boundless gospel. A life without the boundless gospel is not worth living.

 

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