I grew up in a church tradition that diligently preached the Gospel every Sunday evening. I heard faithful folks pray in prayer meetings that folks might “come under the sound of the Gospel” and I watched the weekly routine of preaching the Gospel message. But something was typically missing.
Essentially the problem was that the Gospel message was preached in past tense. That is, not only was it the preaching of a past event (which it is), but it was also past tense for most of the listeners. They had heard it before, responded before and were saved already.
So more than once I asked what the point of this service was since guests were not a common feature? I was told that it was right to preach the Gospel, and that those of us present who had already trusted Christ for salvation could use it as an opportunity to…
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