The Gospel is Offensive (Nothing Else Should Be)

At Maranatha, we are committed to preaching the entire Gospel in everything we do (can I get an Amen). But can I ask you, have you forgotten how offensive the Gospel is? If you have been a Christian for a while (or have grown up in a Christian home), it is easy to forget how offensive and foolish the Gospel is to those who are hearing it for the first time. We don’t offer an “I’m okay, you’re okay” message. We proclaim “I am a broken, prideful sinner rescued by Jesus and unless He saves you, you’ll bust hell wide open” message. We tell them that there is nothing they can do to save themselves. Their only hope is the grace of a God/Man that died a brutal, bloody death and took an eternity in Hell that they deserved. It doesn’t necessarily inspire warm fuzzies the first time you hear it. Paul put it this way:

1 Corinthians 1:18: For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved.

So, we realize that our first-time guests (especially if they are unchurched) are going to face the challenging, offensive call of the Gospel. However, as Danny Franks (the Pastor of Guest Services at J.D. Greear’s church) often says, “The Gospel is offensive, but nothing else should be.” Or in other words, “Seek to create the kind of environment where your guests will say, ‘I don’t necessarily agree with what I heard, but I’ll never forget how graciously I was treated.’”