Lately I’ve been reminded of my need to hear the gospel regularly. I was raised in a Christian house and I’ve been going to church for decades, but I still need to hear the good news about Jesus. This is what worship leader Cam Huxford says about the issue:
"I have heard it said before that when you sing songs in worship you’re preaching to yourself. You need Jesus too. Your band needs Jesus. You need to hear the gospel everyday. Be sure you and your band stop and listen to the words you’re singing."
Now Cam is obviously discussing the issue from the perspective of a worship leader, but this idea applies to us all. Sometimes when we worship we can get distracted and our minds can wander. Hopefully we’re distracted by good music, but we can just as easily be distracted by an out of tune guitar or other musical mistakes. Other times we can just be lost in our minds worrying about bills to pay and responsibilities approaching on Monday. Perhaps worst of all, our pride might puff up as we think to ourselves, “I’ve heard this idea too many times recently. I don’t need to hear about this again.”
That mindset, I think, is the most dangerous. Our assumption that we don’t need to hear the gospel regularly and often demonstrates that we’ve misunderstood our predicament. God wants us to grow and mature in our faith, but that doesn’t mean we give up hearing the good news.
In our services we stand whenever the gospel is read. We do this so that we recognize how life-giving the gospel is. Without the good news of Jesus we would still be dead in sins and an enemy of God.
Rob Bell had a sermon series called Jesus Wants to Save Christians. I think that’s a powerful idea that we need to remember. The good news of Jesus isn’t just for non-Christians; it’s for all of us.