Gospelish | Part 2: Positive:ish | Draper
GOSPELISH: sounds similar but isn’t, seems similar but isn’t, looks similar but isn’t even close.
Galatians 1:6-9 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!
ADDS to the Bible.
SUBTRACTS from Jesus.
The Positivity Gospel preaches…
You are enough.
Nothing is impossible.
Your victory is coming.
Your positive words can overpower your negative world.
Your words have enormous creative power. The moment you speak something out, you give birth to it. This is a spiritual principle, and it works whether what you’re saying is either good or bad, positive or negative.-Famous Positivity Pastor
A life of positivity that suppresses negativity is a life of FANTASY.
QUESTION: Would you rather embrace a positive message that’s false or a negative message that’s true?
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:23-26 23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
BAD news is not the same as negativity.
Since God CREATED us he has the right to COMMAND us.
Matthew 28:18-20 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
If obeying God seems NEGATIVE you’ve fallen for the POSITIVITY Gospel.
The positivity Gospel crumbles in a hospital waiting room.
The positivity Gospel crumbles under the weight of addiction.
THe positivity Gospel avoids reconciliation and forgiveness.
The positivity Gospel laughs at accountability.
The positivity Gospel mocks sacrifice.
The positivity Gospel despises Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:19-20 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
BOTTOM LINE: People who embrace BIBLICAL hope can be the most positive people you know.
Small Group Questions:
Do you consider yourself a positive person? Why or why not?
Reread the messages that the positivity Gospel preaches. Which ones have you heard the most? How are these statements GOSPELISH?
Read Matthew 19:23-26. Make as many observations about this passage as you can? How is the fuller context helpful to understanding the phrase, “Nothing is impossible with God.”
In your own words, what’s the difference between bad news and negativity?
How do you know the difference between something that’s hard and something negative?
Can you think of a time in your life that bad news was actually helpful? Explain.
In your own words, how would you describe the difference between positivity and hope?