“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.”
One common thread you see throughout all of scripture is how the vocal good news (gospel) of God’s love goes hand in hand with the physical sharing of God’s love. Throughout the gospel of Matthew we see this refrain of Jesus entering a region, going throughout that region proclaiming the good news, and showing the good news by caring for people’s physical needs as well. These two things go hand in hand.
In Galatians, Paul writes about he and Barnabas being charged to go spread the gospel to the gentiles and to “remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” Then he challenges Peter to live out his life the way he preaches (to walk the walk and not just talk the talk). In Galatians 2 Paul recounts a story where he had to challenge Peter in front of everyone because “their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel.” Peter was not walking the walk, and Paul knew that it’s not just spreading the gospel that mattered (even though it does!) but also living out the gospel.
In James we read, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves,” and again, “as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.” Jesus not only lives this out but says this when he is asked, “What’s the greatest commandment,” and answers to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Talking and doing go hand in hand. You have to walk the walk as you talk the talk.
Which is what City Chapel is all about. Proclaiming the good news and living it out in Grand Rapids.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
(You can catch Ron preaching next at Fifth Reformed in Grand Rapids on October 29th and then again at Zion Reformed on November 12th)