“David, I missed you in class today.” I told one of my college students when we ran into each other in the Information Services office. He gave me that stunned “freshman in the first week of college” look, and then it struck him – he had misread his schedule and had gone to the wrong class.
The funny thing was, there were two grammar labs – mine, and another professor’s – and he had attended the wrong one. I told him, “That’s okay. You were getting the right information, so I won’t count you absent.”
As I thought about it, I concluded that this is a little like the options many Christians have regarding the churches they attend. They key factor is to attend a church where the right information is shared – where salvation through Jesus Christ is preached (1 Corinthians 15:3-5), where the Bible is the standard for faith and practice, and where an opportunity to serve in Jesus’ name is provided. It’s important that the message proclaims the true gospel and the historical message of Jesus – not a “different gospel” (Galatians 1:6-9). It’s not the messenger that’s most important; it’s the message.
What “gospel” are you hearing? Is it built on the foundation of Jesus Christ? (1 Corinthians 3:11). – Dave Branon
A guilty sinner needs to hear
The simple gospel true and clear
That tells how Jesus bled and died,
And for man’s sin was crucified. – D. J. De Haan
The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ our Lord.
– July 8, Vol. 14, Our Daily Bread