What does it mean to “preach the gospel to yourself”? – Part 1

Milton Vincent, in his book A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love concisely summarizes the answer to the question “what does it mean to preach the gospel to yourself.”  This post will simply serve as some summarizing comments from his book.  Enjoy.

The gospel is so foolish (according to my natural wisdom), so scandalous (according to my conscience), and so incredible (according to my timid heart), that is a daily battle to believe the full scope of it as I should.  There is simply no other way to compete with the forebodings of my conscience, the condemnings of my heart, and the lies of the world and the Devil than to overwhelm such things with daily rehearsinsg of the gospel (14).

The gospel is:

  • The power of God (Rom 1:16)
  • My daily protection (Eph 6:10-17)
  • The glory of God (2 Cor 4:4; 1 Tim 1:11)
  • A cure for distrust (Gen 3)
  • Sufficient (Acts 20:32; 2 Pet 1:3)
  • Freedom from sin’s power (Rom 6:1-14, 8:12-14; Titus 2:11-12)
  • Jesus’ righteousness (Rom 3:21-24, 5:18-19; 2 Cor 5:21; 1 John 2:1-2)
  • A call to be an instrument (and slave) of righteousness (Rom 6:12-14)
  • A call to love my brothers and sisters (Phil 1:3-7; 1 Thes 1:5, 2:8; Titus 3:1-8)
  • A message that produces a heart for the lost (Rom 9:1-4)
  • A message that cultivates humility (1 Cor 1:27-29; Eph 2:8-9)
  • What real love is (John 15:13; Rom 5:7-8; Eph 2:4-5)
  • Liberation us from self-love (John 15:13; 2 Cor 5:14-15)
  • Perspective amid trials (Phil 3:7-8)
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