This is part 3 of my notes and comments on Tim Keller’s talk on The Sufficiency of the Gospel in a Postmodern World.
Part 1 is here.
2. Gospel Realizing.
In Jonah 2:9 he says “Salvation is of the Lord.” Some say this is the whole message of the Bible. Didn’t Jonah know that? Yes, but he did not fully grasp it. We really haven’t begun to understand the gospel. It is a life-long process.
Religion is – I obey, therefore I am accepted. The Gospel – I am accepted, therefore I obey.
The Gospel is scary because we are not in control. There is nothing God cannot ask of you.
The self-worth of many ministers is tied to attendance. If your self worth is tied to anything but God, you do not understand the gospel.
We are like Coke machines- the money has gone in but the pennies have not dropped. God has to pound us to get the pennies to drop.
From studying revival, he learned that revival is when the pennies drop for a whole group of people. It is when the wonder of the gospel is understood, and lives become radiant.