Fix Your Thoughts on Jesus (Hebrews 3:1-2)

3 January 2010 by Wes Bredenhof

In his recent book Christless Christianity, United Reformed minister and professor Michael Horton identifies a major problem in North American Christianity:   much of it misses the boat on who Christ is and what he has done and many times even ignores Jesus Christ completely.  Spurred on by his diagnosis, many are now calling for preaching that focuses on Jesus Christ as he is revealed to us in the Bible.  Of course, this isn’t the first time that such calls have been made.  After all, this was one of the fundamental complaints of the Reformation about late medieval Christianity.  Jesus was mentioned, but he was no longer central, and he was no longer preached or believed in as he was revealed in Scripture.  So we hear Martin Luther saying, “The truth of the Gospel is the principle article of all Christian doctrine…it is most necessary that we know this article well, teach it to others, and beat it into their heads continually.”  According to Luther, we must never take the gospel for granted or assume it.  We must never forget to constantly preach Christ crucified, the Saviour of sinners.

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