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Guest Post: Corey Gibson

January 14, 2011

I have had the privilege of connecting with a number of quality people on the web over the past few years. One of those guys is Corey Gibson. Corey is a youth pastor and is looking for a full-time position somewhere. In the mean time he is traveling and speaking where God is opening doors. The other day I mentioned that the Gospel should offend people. Lot’s of thoughts behind that statement and it struck a conversation between Corey and I.  I asked him to write out some of his thoughts, and here they are…

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Here are some thoughts… I have noticed lately, especially in the Church that we have pacified and sugar-coated the Gospel (the Bible) to some mediocre story that makes us feel good and leaves us excited without revelation. This in return, leaves us with a  corrupted Gospel nonetheless.

The Gospel is penetrating and can even be scolding as it sculpts away our own hearts intentions. [Hebrews 4:12]  We as humans should be offended by the Gospel.  Moreover, as Christians we should understand that the most scandalous act in history – A loving Father (God) sending his perfect Son, Jesus Christ (fully God and Man) to pay a debt/price he didn’t owe so that we may become God’s sons [through “Grace/Faith” salvation – Spirit of Adoption] and shine with his Righteousness [through the Holy Spirit]” is very offensive. [2 Corinthians 5:21]The whole of humanity should be offended that we killed an “innocent man” for our own “selfish & wicked behavior.”

The Bible was never meant, to be just a bed time story we read to our children or something we dive into when we want answers. It was meant first and foremost to recount Jesus as the King and Savior of the world and our lives and then as an in-depth guide to living a righteous and holy life – in love towards God and people. When we read the Gospel as it really is, it should provoke change in our lives and penetrate us so much, that we want others to experience this life change. My prayer is that the Gospel will offend us some much that we pursue and hunger for Jesus and embrace his grace/love. That every time we read the Bible, we will also live it out.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 14, 2011 10:54 am

    I love what you have said brother. Praying that you find the position that God wants you in.

    I aim to be appalled at what we did to Christ. Easier said than done.

    • January 28, 2011 10:56 am

      Thanks man… much easier to speak it then live it, but I guess that’s what makes the journey.

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