Believing the Gospel – a sermon by Tim Melton

Isaiah 29 – A sermon preached by Tim Melton, July 15, 2012 at Surfside PCA, Myrtle Beach, SC

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In this sermon, I emphasized the importance of Believing the Gospel.  So often we treat the gospel as agreement with a set of intellectual propositions.  That is not the good news.  The gospel is seeing, fearing, receiving, and loving the glorious reality of the Lordship of Christ.  The gospel must find it’s way from our heads to our hearts.  Yet, we religious people are committed to keeping Jesus away from us.  We want to know him from a distance and serve him from afar.  We want to tame the living God.  Isaiah 29: 13 bears this out saying, “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”  So often, we are only acquainted with a ‘picture’ of God.  We know ‘about’ Christ.  But Jesus will have none of this.  He will come after us.  He will wrestle us to the ground and break our hard hearts so that we might stand in awe at His wonder and be overcome by His love.