I preached on ‘Why the Cross?’ on Sunday. Thanks to all who gave help to this sermon.
In the end I guess I did a version of an old style law-gospel talk. Basically it ran – sin is very serious, thank Christ for atonement.
Now I’m aware that such a shape to preaching has both a long pedigree and a number of dangers. The dangers of this kind of preaching seem to me to be:
Sin tends to be defined merely as transgression and almost never considered christologically
It can sound like there’s something called ‘Justice’ which forces God to punish sin
It can sound quite impersonal (even if you accept Christ it can be more ‘Whoopee I have a pardon’ rather than ‘Hallelujah I have the Son!’)
All in all, it can be, ironically, less than christocentric
But bearing in mind these pit-falls, there is much to commend such an approach. And I had a go!
Check it out here if you like.
Do you think my fears of law-gospel preaching are unfounded/insurmountable/irrelevant?