I grew up in church with an unhealthy paradigm in my mind. It went something along these lines: The gospel is for unbelievers, they need to hear it and then come to faith. Once they’ve come to faith then they mature and they start to learn doctrine.
And so when a minister, who is now a friend of mine, told me that he preached the gospel every Sunday I was a bit concerned – how would his congregation mature? There were two problems with my thinking – I saw the gospel as too small, I basically equated the formula that you’ll find on some ‘old school’ evangelism tract with the gospel. I needed a bigger picture of the gospel. Secondly, and following on, I disconnected doctrine or teaching from the gospel – I didn’t see the two as naturally compatible. It took me a while to work through these things until I got to the point, where I’m still at, where I can’t conceive opening the Bible to any audience without teaching the gospel.
Now the reason for this little admission is because I’ve finally gotten round to listening to those Tim Keller talks that I mentioned a few weeks ago and I’ve decided (yes I who make all dogmatic decisions) that Tim Keller is best preacher of the gospel to believers that I’ve ever heard. So if you’re wondering how to apply the gospel to believers go download the talks – in fact download everything you can find of Tim Keller’s and listen to it carefully, and let a master teach you about THE master.