Since this weekend is the Grace for Men Conference at Perimeter Church, I thought I’d have one of the speakers, Tullian Tchividjian, be our guest blogger today. In this post, he writes about the necessity to have gospel idicatives empower gospel imperatives.
“People need to hear less about what we need to do for God and more about all that God has already done for us, because imperatives minus indicatives equal impossibilities. If you’re a preacher and you’re assuming that people understand the radical nature of gospel indicatives, so your ministry is focused primarily on gospel imperatives, you’re making a huge mistake. A huge mistake!
“Long-term, sustained, gospel-motivated obedience can only come from faith in what Jesus has already done, not fear of what we must do. To paraphrase Ray Ortlund, any obedience not grounded in or motivated by the gospel is unsustainable. No matter how hard you try, how radical you get, any engine smaller than the gospel that you’re depending on for power to obey will conk out in due time.So let’s take it up a notch. Don’t be afraid to preach the radical nature of the gospel of grace. For, as the late Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, ‘If your preaching of the gospel doesn’t provoke the charge from some of antinomianism, you’re not preaching the gospel.'”
From his book, Surprised by Grace.