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The gospel saves, except when it doesn't

Geoff AckmanGeoff Ackman, July 28, 2019
Part of the 2 Corinthians: HOPE series, preached at a Salt Church gathering

If the gospel saves, why so often doesn’t "the gospel" save?! The gospel doesn’t save when we lose heart in it & twist it, or when Satan blocks it. But ultimately it does save when God uses that very gospel to save.

About Geoff Ackman: Geoff is the Maturity Pastor at Salt and loves helping people know God better.
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2 Corinthians 4:1–9 (Listen)

4:1 Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God's word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;

(ESV)

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