God’s Favor Versus God’s Love

I think the current "gospel-centered" movement is one of the best things to happen to the church in a long time. The push for more expository preaching that grounds every imperative in the indicatives of the gospel--this is important. For too long the Church has preached a gospel of moralism, of legalism, of do-it-yourself lite Christianity. However, if there is one concern I have with the movement, I might say that there is a danger of a pendulum swing. As a reactive measure against the idea that you must work really hard to earn God's love (a frustrating and often false gospel), it seems we are saying that obedience has no connection to your day-to-day walk with God. I'm not sure this is either helpful for biblical. Let me explain. I was recently listening to a message by J.D. Greear, lead pastor of Summit Church and author of several books including, Gospel....

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