We have to spend time to talk about congregational singing. We spend about 25-30 minutes of our worship service in singing. The rest is prayer, Scripture reading, and sermon. But we seldom take time to reflect why we sing and why it matters.
The gospel is “of first importance.” It is our church’s central message and primary motivation. Why do we need to have greater confidence in the supremacy of Christ and the sufficiency of what he has done on the cross? In light of contemporary trends that diminish the importance of gospel preaching, how are we to continue embracing the foolishness of the cross? What must change in how we preach and minister to our people? What should we expect from God if we will continue to be faithful in gospel ministry, even when we don’t see immediate and quantifiable results?
We are justified by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.Why is faith the appropriate response to Christ’s finished work on the cross? What is “union with Christ” and why is this important in our understanding and living the Christian life? Why is faith not just our initial response, but also a day-to- day response to the gospel? In what ways do we manifest self-righteousness and self-reliance in living the Christian life and doing our ministries? How does the gospel serve as a corrective to our “fleshly” tendencies?