We can be supper duper hip; we can ware the coolest clothes, have the coolest messages and videos; we can have the best band and most contemporary church building; we can have comfortable sermons that tickle peoples ears and make them feel good about themselves; but if we don't have the gospel infused in all we do, we have nothing. No power to save. Just a distraction from God and salvation through the message of Jesus Christ.
"I am not ashamed of the gospel," says Paul, "for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes." Romans 1:16
We are all condemned by the law for our sins. We can't earn our way in by following religious rules. We can't just slide by unaware pleading ignorance. No one can stand before God without deserving His eternal punishment. Except one, Jesus Christ, and yet He willing paid the penalty for our sins. He took our punishment upon Himself to save us. He did that for me and you. "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, 'Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.' For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.'" Romans 10:8-13
Billy Graham Tells Universalist: Hell Is Real
Driscoll: Without Jesus, You Go to Hell
This clip is taken from the sermon "Heaven and Hell," preached by Pastor Mark Driscoll at the Mars Hill Church Ballard campus in Seattle, Washington, on March 20, 2011.
"A Massive Shift Coming in What it Means to be a Christian"?
My Thoughts On Hell & Rob Bell, Perry Noble April 20, 2011
Hell Uproar Lands Rob Bell on Time's 100 Most Influential List