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?
Ang ipiprisinta natin (in life, in preaching or any ministry) ay hindi kung ano ang gusto natin o ng ibang tao, kundi kung sino si Cristo at ano ang ginawa niya sa krus para sa atin. Hindi kung ano ang gusto, kundi kung ano ang kailangan. Si Cristo lang, walang kumpromiso.
The gospel is a past event with present benefits. Kailangan natin sa araw-araw na balik-balikan ang nakaraang ginawa ni Cristo sa krus to address our problems regarding unity sa church, and regarding our misplaced confidence or boasting.