Calvinism on Fire: #2 The Gospel: 1st Importance

Last week I discussed the reasons for this series on Calvinism on Fire and argued that Calvinism changes culture, tilts world-views, and is at its best as a culture-changing, world-tilting, & burns uncontrollable for the cause of Christ. Now I will argue this is true in ten ways. So keep your seat belts on and tray tables in the upright position.

#1 A Passion for God’s Glory
#2 The Gospel: 1st Importance

We agree with Paul that the gospel is of first importance.

3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. (1 Corinthians 15:3-6)

If having a passion for God’s glory is primary then seeing that glory received through the gospel is a close second. Calvinists are not primarily concerned with pushing Calvinism on others.

Calvinists are concerned with preaching the gospel indiscriminately to every tongue, nation, and peoples boldly allowing the Spirit to draw sinners to Christ. We have no other mission. We have no other calling.

The history of the church resounds with witness to this truth. The modern missionary movement was established on the backs of the reformed faith. Over 800 missionaries have followed the path of William Carey into China.

We confess with Peter, “‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life’” (John 6:68).

And these are the words of life that Christ came lived obediently, died and rose again, ascended into heaven, and will come again according to Scripture.

We are not concerned with how many angels can fit on the head of a needle. Nor do we care to find out if you are God’s elect.

We are concerned about preaching the gospel and confidently expecting that all God’s sheep will hear his voice and will come.

We preach like beggars who have found the bread of life. “Come eat the bread without price!”