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In some churches the salvation message is preached faithfully Sunday after Sunday. In fact many older church members in such a church seem to feel that salvation is the only sermon that should ever be preached. Other churches and entire denominations rarely mention the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
They focus mainly on application. However, Jesus showed us how it should be done. He kept the two in perfect balance: Gospel and application.
We were bought with a price and we need to be reminded often of the enormity of that price. God made Him who knew no sin to become sin, so that we could become the righteousness of Christ. We forget the depth of the love that drove Jesus to the cross and gave Him the strength to give His life as the once-for-all offering for our sins.
Paid In Full
He paid the price. He suffered a slow and painful death in order to reconcile us to the heavenly Father. When we recall the details of the gospel story, we are more likely to search our hearts, confess and repent of the sins we may have overlooked up until that time. Nothing brings sin to the front of our minds more than a salvation message. We need to hear it so that we can take our focus off of Self and put it where it belongs—on Christ.
Once we remember our salvation and repent, we are moved to obedience. Jesus once said that those who love Him obey Him. He added that if anyone does not obey Him, he does not love Him. Paul tells us that we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do the good works that God created in advance for us to do. Here’s where the application teaching begins.
Applying The Scriptures
Believers desperately need to be taught the truth of Scripture and how to apply it to everyday living. Without that, the Church will be ineffective in sharing the good news of Christ with others. Application is the foundation. It is how the Church was built and how it will continue to stand against the storms of adversity.
Jesus talked about the cross, and showed us the resurrection and ascension. He is the Gospel and we need to remember what it cost Him to give us eternal life. We must hear His message. We must live in a way that sets us apart in the world. There is a connection between the Gospel and application. We cannot have one without the other.