Sep

21

2010

Collin Hansen|8:38 AM CT

The Gospel in Every Sermon: Dever, Driscoll, and MacDonald

Not every Christian is equally gifted as an evangelist. But all of us have the obligation and opportunity to prepare ourselves "to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you" (1 Pet. 3:15). Pastors in particular might seem as though they have many chances to share the gospel with unbelievers. In reality, they spend so much time with Christians that they must be proactive to build relationships with non-Christians. If you don't pray for opportunities to evangelize and don't actively look for them, you won't likely have the privilege of welcoming many new believers into the kingdom of God.

The sermon, however, is one regular occasion when pastors can model gospel proclamation for the congregation and trust God to move unbelievers visiting the church to repent and believe the good news that Jesus Christ died for sinners and triumphed over death in resurrection. So why don't more pastors make sure they preach the gospel in every sermon? TGC council members Mark Dever, Mark Driscoll, and James MacDonald address this question from their varied experience as they discuss the pastor's ministry of evangelism in this video roundtable.

Collin Hansen serves as editorial director for The Gospel Coalition. He is the co-author of A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir. He and his wife belong to Redeemer Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and he serves on the advisory board of Beeson Divinity School. You can follow him on Twitter.

Categories: Noteworthy, Q&A

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