20pluscommunitydigestion

There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

taste and see that the Gospel is . . .

As promised, we’ll be looking into John’s Gospel from now until Resurrection Day, but not simply for the purpose of (re-)discovering what John has to teach us about Jesus and His Gospel. While the Gospel does not change, it is not inert. It goes somewhere, “where it wishes” (Jn 3:8). How we must handle it as Christians in contemporary culture is yet another purpose for our study. To get at that question, have a listen to this lecture by Tim Keller for some background on that additional purpose for studying John’s Gospel. It has fallen to our generation to find another metaphor for the Gospel that encompasses both the dimension of forgiveness and the dimension of world-renewal.

We’ll consider John for yet one more reason too: to assess where you are in your pilgrimage by looking at what my role as a pastor is meant to accomplish. The church is to equip her saints. Equipped for good works (Eph 2:10), yes. That’s significant, but generic. And equipped for the fruitful use of our gifts (Eph 4, Rom 12, 1 Cor 12), also true. But that’s specific to each individual. So what can be said that’s more specific than “good works” but true for all, irrespctive of giftings? In the words of our primary Subject, “come and see.”

Postscript: it may seem like an awful redundancy to give yet more time to clarifying and deepening our sense of who Jesus is, but by looks of this little compliation of competing versions of Jesus (and why Jesus remains such a target for perennial re-envisioning), it may be quite in order to get back to basics.

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