Let Your Light Shine

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV

I absolutely love the music during our Sunday morning worship gatherings! There are songs that, in full transparency, touch me so deeply I get choked up to the point that words can barely escape.

One of my favorite parts of attending church as a child was singing Sunday school songs. I loved singing songs like “The Lord’s Army,” “I’ve Got the Joy… Joy… Joy…,” “Jesus Loves Me” (including hand motions), and many more. 

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What is the Gospel and Why Is It Good News?

Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you… that Christ died for our sins… that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

Often, we think that in Eden humanity turned bad, which makes the cross—and therefore the gospel—about Jesus being punished for our badness, which makes Christianity about trying to as “good” people.

But the truth is, in Eden humanity became enslaved, which makes the cross—and therefore the good news—about our freedom… which makes Christianity about learning how to live free. (Rom. 7:14, Gal. 5:1)

Let’s unpack this.

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Be Ready

but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
1 Peter 3:15

If you’ve heard the term Bible-thumping, it probably conjures up images of a gray-haired man with fire in his eyes, holding a Bible in the air with one hand while pointing an accusatory finger with the other; demanding sinners repent to Almighty God. 

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