In 1741, one of the most famous sermons in American history was published, that being Jonathan Edwards’s sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” For better or for worse, though, this sermon remains one of the most famous and widely recognized sermons of all time. Most of the time, though, it is misremembered and misunderstood. The only colloquial knowledge many have is the title and the fact that God is angry with us. It begs the question, then, is that really who God is?
In Matthew 15, Jesus’s disciples are accused of forsaking the law and propagating lawless doctrine. Christ’s response to these accusations isn’t to explain their actions so much as it is to enhance the accuser’s and his disciples’ and, by proxy, our own understanding the law. It is much more rigid than we think. In fact, you might even say, it’s impossible. But, as Christ makes clear, that’s good news.
The churchgoers that populate the pews every Sunday each come with their own backstory. For good or ill, they’ve been drawn to church. But notwithstanding their circumstances, God’s gospel perfectly speaks to them in their need. Whether you’re running from God in rebellion or trying to win God’s favor with your religion, his grace is for you.
Mark 8 records for us perhaps the strangest and most prescient healing performed by Christ. Taking the entire chapter into account, we are made to understand precisely what our Lord was doing and saying and showing about himself. It is through this odd occurrence that we are given a luminary portrait of Christ Jesus as Savior and King.
The Book of Acts is an intricate historical retelling of the first events which shaped the church as we know it today. The apostles’ ministerial efforts and sacrifices for the gospel are laid out in unprecedented detail, encouraging the church today to continue its stand for the truth of Christ alone — to continue turning the world upside-down with the message of grace.