There’s only one way the church succeeds:
So, instead of adopting a defensive, intimidated posture toward the world, trying only to hold on to what we have and protect it from the enemy, we must again go on the offensive. It’s time to burn the ships and send out believers to besiege the gates of hell.
Without the power of the gospel, the gates will never budge.
With the power of the gospel, they are as flimsy as tissue paper.
So say it with me: I confess that . . .
Jesus is the Lord of the whole earth, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
He is the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the living God, the one way of salvation for all people, the one name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
There is no difference in the Jew and the Greek, the black and the white, the rich and the poor, the Democrat and the Republican. Since the beginning of time, there’s only been one race of human—sinner—and one Savior, Jesus.
The same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on whoever calls upon him. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
I confess this because the Bible Jesus authorized teaches it, and I believe that all Scripture is given by inspiration of God. Whether or not that gospel confession is popular, it is the power of God—and that’s the last thing I want to lose.
If we confess the gospel faithfully, we are unstoppable.
Greear, J. D. 2019. Above All: The Gospel Is the Source of the Church’s Renewal. Nashville, TN: B&H Books.