By Daniel Arter
This is the first in a series of posts answering some common questions about our church.
“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” – Romans 10:14
For those that regularly attend a church that is as Gospel-focused as Griggs is, it can sometimes seem as if the preacher behind the pulpit is a broken record. Every week, the preacher preaches verse by verse through Scripture and somehow ties each passage back to how it ought to affect our perception of the Gospel and if we aren’t careful, we can tune the messages out because we’ve heard similar messages over and over.
One of our core values as a church is to be incredibly Gospel-driven, which means that we proclaim the Gospel, we speak the Gospel, we teach the Gospel, and most importantly, we live the Gospel. We are partakers in the grace that Christ has offered us through His death, burial, and resurrection and to be frank, if we truly believe that statement (and if we truly understand the grace given to us regardless of our sinful mindset against God) our attitude about proclaiming, speaking, teaching, and living the Gospel ought to make those actions an utmost priority. If we truly believe that all people are sinners deserving eternal separation from God in a place of gnashing of teeth and weeping, we ought to live our lives in such a way as to proclaim Christ crucified in everything we do. (1 Cor. 1:18-31) In the words of a complete atheist, “How much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe everlasting life is possible and not tell them that?”
In Romans 10, we see Paul speaking about the necessity of faith in Christ over righteousness based on the law. In this passage, we see him explain that salvation is available to all those that confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in their heart that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9-10). He then poses three questions, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14) Or in other words, how is someone to understand and apply the Gospel to their life if no one is preaching the Gospel? It is obvious then, as believers in Christ our most important message is the Gospel and at Griggs we put a premium on that fact.
In the case of Griggs, we preach the Gospel regularly because we are unable to know the state of someone’s soul and we are unwilling to see anyone walk out of our doors without being confronted with the life-changing Gospel that has changed our lives. Simply put, we at Griggs proclaim the Gospel weekly because we don’t know the spiritual status of each person in the room and we would be incredibly foolish to not take every opportunity available to present the Gospel in everything we do.
Daniel Arter serves as a ministry associate at Griggs, and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Christian Ministries. You can learn more about him at www.danielarter.com.