I was at a Pastors Conference in Chicago in the late 1990s when a question was put to Howard Hendricks, “Is it acceptable for a preacher to deliver the same message more than once?” (presumably in different contexts).
Without hesitation, Hendricks replied with an emphatic tone, “If it’s not worth preaching more than once, it’s not worth preaching!”
I appreciated that response very much. As I was delivering my final messages at St. Giles Kingsway and The Well, from a series entitled, “Parting Words From Your Pastor”, my wife exhorted me to make these messages my opening words for St. Andrew’s Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas.
This past Sunday, we began a message series entitled, “Foundational Priorities”. Within this 6-week series I am adapting and reusing a few of my messages from “Parting Words”. The first was “Understand The Gospel”—based on Ephesians 1 and 2.
Reflecting on this passage, I presented the Gospel as having 5 prongs, or primary components:
1. The Gospel centres around God (His nature, His initiative, His glory, His reputation, etc.)
2. The Predicament of Human Sin (How our sin alienates us from God and prevents us from honouring Him)
3. The Gift of Grace (God’s riches bestowed, apart from merit, through Christ)
4. The Gift of Faith (Our God-given capacity to apply the riches of Christ)
5. We Reflect God’s Glory (Having been made alive, and having our nature altered by God’s Spirit, our lives become centred around glorifying Christ).
Have a listen to the audio below.