For most, the statement that the gospel matters for toddlers lacks a sense of immediacy. This seems more suitable for older children and adults. However, this perspective reveals a common underlying problem. The problem is that information transfer is seen as the primary method of bringing people to Christ. In other words, you tell someone about Christ and hope they will respond. The person to whom you are speaking is the one who holds the cards. Your role is ultimately passive.
Whatever, it doesn’t matter. You have heard these words before. Perhaps, you have heard them from your own lips. These words are not words of encouragement or optimism. These are words of discouragement and disappointment. They are said when we feel let down, betrayed. The irony is that often when these words are spoken they really mean that something matters very much. The gospel matters. There is only one Person who will not disappoint you – his name is Jesus.
Today, my wife and I are travelling to Duke University for an appointment at the Brain Tumor Center. As I shared with you in a previous post, my wife has been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. The type of tumor is a stage 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme. This is an aggressive tumor. We are going today for another MRI and evaluation of the initial round of radiation and chemotherapy. Around 2 p.m. today, we will find out how effective the treatment has been. In other words we will find out what God has been doing since Ruth’s surgery last April.
Do you love the church? This question is one of the most important questions you will ever answer. An answer in the affirmative is binding. It is similar in importance to the affirmative answer given in a wedding ceremony. The pastor asks the question, “Will you take this woman to be your wife?” If the answer is “Yes,” at least two important things happen. The first is that you make your new wife happy. The second binds you to a committed relationship of service and sacrifice to your wife for the rest of your life.