The Cross-Centered Life

Thursday is for Discipleship

CJ MahaneyI was praying and preparing for a counseling appointment with a young Christian and thought of C.J. Mahaney’s The Cross-Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing.  As I reread the book, I thought some of C.J.’s counsel was relevant for all of us so here’s the outline:

How do you keep the Gospel the main thing? Here’s five simple suggestions:

    1. Memorize the Gospel. [This is a great suggestion to encourage the soul. We never graduate from the Gospel which is the whole point of C.J.’s book.]……
    2. Pray the Gospel.  [Nothing helps meditation on the word of God than prayer centered in the Gospel. This is great counsel.]
    3. Sing the Gospel.  [I know of a couple whose marriage was saved when they simply began to fill their apartment with Gospel centered music. It changed the melody of their hearts by reminding them of both what Christ had done and how they should and wanted to live.]
    4. Review how the Gospel has changed you.  [Remembering what God has done over time is a great encouragement to hope in what God is still committed to changing now.]
    5. Study the Gospel.  [We will spend eternity plumbing the depths of what God was doing in the Gospel. And all of our plumbing of that depth will produce greater wells of joy. Surely studying the gospel now will do the same.]

cj mahaney 3(The Cross Centered Life, 89 pages )

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One thought on “The Cross-Centered Life

  1. Brother Marty,

    I love that you have this post on your discipleship day as many leaders try a lot of discipleship methods, journeys and processes that are not Gospel centered. They find themselves frustrated with lack of transformation even though they have used a myriad of techniques. These techniques are well meaning and many of the things they implement are good in an of themselves but without Gospel as the core of transformation. They somehow forget or ignore that only Christ by His Spirit can produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

    I love this Gospel centered passage in Romans 8; “3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” ESV

    Righteousness (transformation) is produced by walking in the Spirit not by human effort. Sin is eradicated by the Cross not by our best practices. The question to the Galatians in chapter 3 was 3″Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” ESV
    Maybe a great question to American Evangelicalism would be: 1″O foolish Galatians! (Leaders) Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified. 2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith?” ESV

    It was great being with you and the Trinity family this past weekend. May God bless you with much fruit as you labor in the Gospel.

    Together for the Gospel,

    steve howell


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