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Gospel Preached Here

Posted: Thursday, August 23

 Pastor Tom Murray // Missions &amp; Christian Education

Pastor Tom Murray // Missions & Christian Education

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Job 8:1-11:20
1 Corinthians 15:1-28
Psalm 38:1-22
Proverbs 21:28-29

Verse of the day: 

I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. (1 Corinthians 15:3)


It is not my intention to offend vegetarians with this example.

 

Think of the many things that are part of a steakhouse experience.  There’s the exterior appearance of the building, the inside decor, friendliness of the host and server, background music, crayons for the kids, starter salad, baked potato, and a slice of cheesecake for dessert.  All of these things can be done to perfection.  Yet, if you’re told when you sit down, “we’re out of red meat tonight” - the whole experience is a big fail.  What makes a steakhouse a steakhouse is… steak.

 

The proprietor of a steakhouse must always remember that red meat prepared with excellence is the most important thing that happens in their restaurant every day.

 

As followers of Christ, there’s a lot we can get caught up in.  We take part in worship services, go on Reach Team trips, volunteer at Kids Summer Jam and gather in home life groups.  We work on doing more of what draws us closer to God and less of what He’s against.  These are all worthwhile pursuits and good ways to invest our energy.

 

Yet, we can never lose sight of what’s most important.

 

As Paul wrote to a community of believers, "I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said” (1 Corinthians 15:3 NLT).

 

At the center of all we do is the fact that we are free from the penalty of rebellion against God because Christ died for our sins.  That is the Good News.

 

All that we do in public ministry and our personal pursuit of God is because of the price Jesus paid for all of His followers.

 

As you are going about the good things that come with your relationship with Christ, never lose sight of what is most important.