Gospel Made Visible

The enduring authority of Christ’s commands should compel Christians to study the Bible’s teaching on the church. Wrong ecclesial teaching and practices obscure the gospel while right ecclesial teaching and practice clarify it. To put it another way, Christian proclamation might make the gospel audible, but Christians living together in local congregations make the gospel visible (see John 13:34-35). The church is the gospel made visible. – Mark Dever in The Church: The Gospel Made Visible

Does your church tradition serve your preferences, or does it make the gospel visible? Does your church seek to proclaim and embody the gospel? Is all the work that it does related to the gospel and leading people to the gospel; IE is the gospel preached with words because it is in fact necessary?

Think on these things. The church exists because of the gospel, not the other way around.

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