The Gospel Matters

Yesterday was a taxing day for me as a pastor. In the morning I preached a funeral for a dear lady in our church that passed away. She was a godly woman and our sadness was tempered by the knowledge that her faith has become sight. She is now with Jesus because she trusted Him as her Lord and Savior.

In the afternoon I had the sad privilege of being with a family that disconnected life support from their mother. I was there when this woman, who was a believer in Christ, breathed her last and stepped into heaven. There was of course great sadness but the family joined hands and prayed after she passed away, asking for strength and grateful for the knowledge that she was now with Jesus.

As I experienced these two situations, the thought kept occurring to me that the Gospel really does matter. When you are dealing with the immediacy of death and the prospect of eternity, it matters that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. It matters that Jesus rose from the dead, removing the sting of death. It matters that Jesus saves sinners that repent and place their faith in Him. It matters that Jesus offers eternal life.

Because the Gospel matters, the Gospel ministry of Longview Point matters. It matters that we preach, teach, pray, give, invite, serve, go, and plant. Paul had this same idea in mind when he wrote:

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:55-58

Let’s give ourselves to this ministry for the sake of the Gospel and glory of Christ!

Blessings,

Pastor Wade

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2 Responses to The Gospel Matters

  1. Marvin Yates says:

    Amen! I often wonder how unbelievers deal with this, with no hope. Without the gospel, they have no hope, there is no good news, only eternal damnation.

    But you are so right, His Word matters and all that Christ accomplished is our hope and as the Psalmist says in 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” That He views His saints in triumph and receives them with gracious delight. How beautiful and encouraging it must be, to be with those who see death for what it is, a loss sure, but even less since Christ has been cursed for us. No more sting, only to be in His presence forever and ever. We will never sin again, we as believers alone have this amazing hope. “Well done, good and faithful servant.”, Oh to hear those words as He receives us in heaven, where we rest until the final resurrection. May we continue to ‘Press On’ and may God be glorified for His amazing Gospel.

    In Christ,
    Marvin

  2. Rusty says:

    Brother Wade, thanks for sharing your burdens with us this way. It allows us the opportunity to support you (thourgh prayer) in the battles you face daily.

    It is wonderful to know that the Mighty One, God, the LORD will take care of all of our physical needs and that through His Son, Jesus Christ, He has provided a way to take care of our spiritual needs.

    Your brother in Christ,

    Rusty

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