For they are a rebellious people,
children unwilling to hear
the instruction of the LORD;
who say to the seers, “Do not see,”
and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right;
speak to us smooth things,
leave the way, turn aside from the path,
let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”
(Isaiah 30:9-11 ESV)
The Gospel is not something we live or do, it’s something Christ did we proclaim. If we are not teaching from the Bible in a Christ centered way, then we had best not be teaching anything at all. At best we’re simply spewing moralism. If your church is not teaching from the Word of God in a Christ centered way, it’s either time to change it or find a new church.
Sermons, Sunday School lessons and Bible studies are not supposed to tickle our ears or make us feel good about ourselves. They are supposed to challenge, convict and instruct us.