TOP

Fulton County Gospel News

a work of the mammoth spring church of christ

Articles

Aimed at the Mind

By Nathan Brewer

The first time the Gospel was ever preached, it cut listeners to the heart.

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).

This emotional response was triggered by a fact-filled, scripture-filled, logical presentation. Peter explained to those Jews in Jerusalem that: the wonders they saw and heard were a fulfillment of prophecy, David had prophesied the resurrection, and that Jesus was responsible for what was occurring. Peter concluded: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ” (Acts 2:36).

This information was too much to ignore for about 3,000 people. They heard what was said, they processed that information, they applied that information to themselves, and they acted that very day to right the wrong they had done (Acts 2:38-42).

This process continued in the following days, and the church grew as sinners continued to hear the facts and logic of the Gospel (Acts 2:43-47).

Do you have the patience and the stomach to actually study the word of God to see what it says? Do you have the desire to hear the Bible explained and applied, or is that too boring?

Emotion is all the rage these days. Preachers can whip people into a frothy frenzy as they pace back and forth on stage working the microphone, alternately shouting and whispering to the audience. And many worship “services” today seem more like performances than efforts to honor God.

The Gospel—its history, facts, reasoning, and commands—produces emotion. That’s the order of the first Gospel sermon in Acts 2. It’s the order of every other Gospel sermon in the book of Acts.

But people today want emotion and entertainment, and they leave out the reading and hearing and thinking that the Bible requires.

The religious emotion so popular today is based largely on…emotion. Not on a hard look at the facts. Not on thinking. Not on reasoning. Not on considering what the Bible really says.

This is dangerous because emotion often feels good, even when it’s based on error. Don’t be fooled by a feeling.

The Bible is aimed at the mind. Jesus said those who continue in His word would know the truth, and the truth would free them from sin (John 8:31-32). The kind of real emotion that you see in Acts 2 is based on a factual, logical, demanding presentation of truth. And understanding the truth leads people with good, honest hearts to obey the Gospel, live faithfully, and ultimately go to heaven.

Categories

search

Featured Articles

Is the Church of Our Lord Necessary?

It has long been the conviction of most denominational religions that one does not have to be a member of any church to be saved. One should then not be surprised to hear members of denominations say that it is not the church but Christ which saves. If a chu......

Further Comments on The Age of the Earth

As mentioned in the previous article, the age of the earth is not commonly classified as a “cardinal” or “fundamental” Christian doctrine. Hopefully, the previous article also sufficiently demonstrates that elongating the earth’s age to mil......

We Must All Appear

Paul wrote, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (2 Cor. 5:10).  John recorded, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begot......