What the Gospel Is (Not)

A few months ago I was in a Sunday School class in which the leader brought up 7 common substitutes for the Gospel, as defined by Paul Tripp. That list has stuck out to me ever since. Have I fallen into any of them? Have you?

As you read my own descriptions of these substitutes, ask yourself – which best describes your version of Christianity?

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Faith Without Works


As part of one of my courses, I was asked to consider what examples there were in Scripture of people who knew something and either did or did not act upon that knowledge. I decided to share my response on here as well.

The first passage that came to my mind in reading the prompt was James 2:14-17. James asks us, “If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food. . .but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead (James 2:15, 16b, 17, New King James Version). Later in his letter, he goes on to say that “to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin” (4:17). Continue reading