Maybe the people in my congregation have started to notice. I’m a little repetitive sometimes. But I give myself a pass because the Bible is repetitive too. Read the whole New Testament and tell me I’m wrong. The Apostle Paul told the Philippians that some things were never tedious for him to repeat but always safe for the hearers.
In fact, part of our worship together is to hear God’s Good News proclaimed again and again. I always endeavour to have a Gospel-centred sermon every time it falls to me to preach. Of late, I’ve even had a refrain (usually worked into my introduction) that states this Gospel for us fresh each week. If you’re a part of The King’s Fellowship, maybe you’ve noticed. It goes a little something like this:
The Gospel is that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Messiah of Israel. He is God in the flesh; God has come down into the world that He has made. He lived as both Man and God – a perfect, sinless life, worthy of all God’s blessing. He was crucified, suffered, bled, and died on the Cross for sinners. He was placed in the grave but on the 3rd day, He rose again. Then, after a short time, He ascended into heaven as both Man and God, where He is living right now. And He is praying for His people. This is the Gospel.
This Good News has implications of which here are three: First, it means that Jesus is the Lord of all the earth. There is no other authority. That means that those who follow Him sometimes advocate unfashionable causes because He is the King. Second, everyone who personally places their trust in Him is personally forgiven for their sins. More than forgiveness, they are counted righteous in the eyes of God. They can inherit eternal life and enter the Kingdom of God. Third, all those who will believe, will. They will congregate in His Church because He shed His blood for her. They will worship Him, live holy lives, and serve this world in His name. These are implications of the Gospel.
This takes me about 3 minutes to say. It’s my summary of the Gospel and it works. And you know what? It is never tedious to say and it is always safe to hear.