VIDEO: The Gospel in Every Sermon: Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald

My Canadian blogging friend, Aaron Armstrong over at Blogging Theologically, wrote the following comments concerning this video.

Pastors Mark Driscoll, Mark Dever and James MacDonald speak of the challenge of engaging in personal evangelism as pastors who spend a great deal of time with Christians. The dialogue is quite intriguing and well worth spending a few minutes watching.
After you’ve watched the video, consider the following questions:
  • Does the gospel need to be shared in the every sermon? If so, why? If not, why not?
  • Are you, whether you’re in vocational ministry or not, being proactive in seeking out non-Christians for the purpose of evangelism?

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9 responses to “VIDEO: The Gospel in Every Sermon: Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald

  1. Soli deo gloria

    What a great insight into the thinking of these pastors.
    12 years ago I was in Washington DC and heard Mark preaching on an obscure passage dealing with menstruation, and I was very very disappointed indeed. I shouldn’t have been so harsh in my judgement of him though, because God deals with us all in his own way, and really think he is a Gospel man.
    For me the main issue is that preaching should always always be about God and exalt Him. So much contemporary preaching is about internal issues, and God is somehow on the shelf or in the corner. I love the quote about ‘greenhouse evangelism’. Its where our contemporary approach to preaching has got us.
    Magnify God, open the eyes of God’s people to His greatness, and they will not be able to contain their enthusiasm to gossip about Him wherever they go. In the same way, any unbeliever who is among our congregations will soon find that they are challenged with the reality of God and His Gospel.
    Every sermon, even practical sermons for believers, should in large measure point to Christ and exalt Him.
    This is where the Church should be.

  2. The Gospel message is for Christians as much as non Christians which highlights why it’s so critical to be central within the teaching of the Word. I wrote a post on “why Christians need to hear the Gospel.” In fact if we faithfully teach the Word, we can’t help but allow the Gospel message to come out as all of scripture ultimately points to Christ and our need to be saved by Him.

    We all need to draw close to the Gospel message every day as it unlocks the power to lead a transformed life for God. It reminds us that we have no hope working out our salvation by our efforts alone but that we need to humbly fall at the foot of the cross and rely on God to empower us by His Spirit. Through Christ’s death we are a forgiven and redeemed people, freed from the power of sin. However that doesn’t mean we are still not susceptible to sinning. Therefore we need to draw close to the grace of God daily, repent and rely on Him to empower us to follow Him.

    One final point. The beauty of the Gospel message is not only does it remind us we have no hope in salvation by our own means, but that salvation is a work completely achieved and given to us by God as a gift, ie we can’t earn it. Therefore He alone deserves and receives all the praise.

    • Soli deo gloria

      The Gospel is the thing angels strain to understand, because they have never known sin, and when our sight is filled with the glory of Christ as we leave this life to live with Him, out time will be filled with wonder that there was a Gospel at all. Sometimes we just don’t appreciate the Gospel enough. Christians have a tendency to treat it as kindergarten stuff, and think they have gone beyond it. How wrong that is.

      There is nothing that even remotely compares with what God has done for us.

      We hear people using the language, and you would think they are Christians, but where you can REALLY tell is in their continuing response to the Gospel. If they become bored with it, then it tells you much more about them than the Gospel.

      Finally, don’t be fooled by people who bang on about grace. It is not the same as Gospel. Are you surprised at that? Well, when I hear people talking about grace, what I think many mean is that they are ok with God, and if they are wrong, then God will throw in the balance to make it up. Listen closely to some preachers, and you will see what I mean. The Gospel is ‘by grace ALONE’. There is nothing else that saves us. Anything in us simply gets in the way and undoes us before the holiness of God.

  3. Amen! To God alone be glory!

  4. I would suggest that concerns over Mark Driscoll are well founded. I have a download of a sermon he preached in Edinburgh last year & it is sexually explicit & very concerning. Many true Bible-believing Christians now have great concern over Driscoll. It is hard to tell what his true beliefs are as he does posture (like so many) as a sound Christian. Mmmm, time will tell I guess. John MacArthur had a lot to say on the subject of Driscoll actually. We need to check out who we’re looking up to for spiritual guidance.

    Moderator’s Note: For a background to Lyn’s comment, go to this link.

  5. Lyn, I certainly agree with Tim Challies and John MacArthur’s observations about Driscoll.

    Like all of us, Driscoll is a work in progress. I’ve been observing him over the past few years and noted that recently he is behaving less like an overheated teenager than previously. I still have grave questions about many aspects of his ministry, not the least of which is his profane nature, his tendency to bask in his ‘cult’ status and his empire building.

    Whilst he utters the right ‘noises’ about these kinds of criticism, I can’t ignore my intuitive warnings about him. Never-the-less, he is a significant figure who has staked his flag in the resurgent/reformed camp and has tremendous influence; for good or ill has yet to be determined.

    I remind all readers of this blog about our disclaimer below left.

    • Soli deo gloria

      Phil 3v18
      I think our day is filled with this characteristic – living as enemies of the cross of Christ. We want his love, and grace, and POPULARITY, and forgiveness, and joy and glory. All this comes through the cross, but we live as those who shun it, and are enemies of it. Why is Driscoll so popular and have the influence many lesser leaders envy? He is in tune with the mood of the moment. All is not well in the church in the west, and the answer can only come from the One to whom we must cry for help. But we don’t really cry out for help, we talk ourselves up, and He leaves us to our own resources.

      • Soli deo gloria, you have your finger on the pulse indeed! You were right to say ‘we’ in your explantations! Why, only today I was bemoaning my situation of not being popular with various family members etc & trying to work it all out but the simple fact is I need to lay it at the Cross. You have brought a timely word to me today. Thankyou! :-). And Don, I agree that we need to wait & see re Driscoll & much of what is happening in this hour. Our best protection is in Christ our Redeemer. I love the words to a song that Steven Curtis Chapman sang – ‘My Redeemer is faithful & true, everything He has said He will do, And every morning His mercies are new…’

        • Soli deo gloria

          David Murrays blogg referred to in Don’s post on Hawking et al also contains a useful artible on ’embracing the cross in the pulpit’
          Highly recommended in this context.

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