On the Third Sunday of Lent we will emphasize the patience of God via Luke 13:1-9. I will also give this helpful summary of the gospel that was first articulated by J. I. Packer, but which I recently read in Timothy Keller’s book, Center Church (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013).
“God saves sinners.”
“God—the triune Jehovah, Father, Son and Spirit; three Persons working together in sovereign wisdom, power and love to achieve the salvation of a chosen people, the Father electing, the Son fulfilling the Father’s will by redeeming, the Spirit executing the purpose of the Father and Son by renewing.
“Saves—does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing man from death in sin to life in glory: plans, achieves and communicates redemption, calls and keeps, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies.
“Sinners—men as God finds them, guilty, vile, helpless, powerless, unable to lift a finger to do God’s will or better their spiritual lot.
What a gem! We will also pray a communal prayer of repentance after the sermon that I find very meaningful, as we seek to respond to God’s Word and repent of our sins and follow Jesus. May the Lord bless our Lenten worship!