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Guard The Gospel

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January 7, 2024 1:00 am

Guard The Gospel

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January 7, 2024 1:00 am

The Gospel is attacked and undermined daily. Even in today’s evangelical world, it is often lost to political correctness or social justice. In this message from Galatians 1, Pastor Lutzer articulates four statements about the distinctiveness of the Gospel. Are we ready to know it, share it, and defend it?

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The Word of God is constant, even as generations of its preachers come and go. Today, on The Moody Church Hour, we begin the final series by its longtime pastor, Erwin Lutzer. From Chicago, this is The Moody Church Hour, a weekly service of worship and teaching with Pastor Erwin Lutzer.

Today, we bring you the first in a six-part series of messages on the topic, Leaving a Legacy. Stay with us as Pastor Lutzer encourages us to Guard the Gospel. Pastor Lutzer, why is guarding the Gospel a vital part of the legacy you want to leave?

Dave, thank you so much for asking that question. You know, just this morning in my devotions, I read 1 Corinthians chapter 3, where the Apostle Paul says that when he came to Corinth, it was not with the wisdom of words with which he spoke, but he did preach Christ crucified. And he said, I wanted to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And the reason I'm speaking on guarding the Gospel is because we believe at The Moody Church, and thankfully throughout its history, we've always been Gospel-centered. You know, when I came to The Moody Church back in 1980, I had the privilege of becoming the speaker on The Moody Church Hour. And it's time for me now to introduce to you the new pastor at The Moody Church, Pastor Philip Miller. I'm so glad that the committee and the church chose someone who was also deeply committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And I believe that all of you are going to be enjoying his ministry, benefiting from it, and you'll be led into the Word of God with a sense of relevance and power. But at the same time, I want to emphasize that I will still have the privilege of speaking on Running to Win, Monday through Friday. And of course, you can continue to listen on our website, on our app, by radio, and other platforms.

Thank you so much for your support and for your love. But now we go to the pulpit of The Moody Church, where I have the privilege of speaking on guarding the Gospel. We want to take this opportunity of welcoming you here at The Moody Church. And here at The Moody Church, we worship the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the center of everything that we do, and we are deeply grateful that we have this opportunity to worship together. Come help us, Lord, we ask in Jesus' name. May our worship be acceptable, because we do come in the name of Jesus to worship, to love, and to affirm our commitment. In His name we ask.

Amen. Worship, worship, worship Christ the risen King. Sing unto him death and pain, evading a peace of defense. Death and God your God contain him, for the hope of life he shares.

Amen. Worship, worship, worship Christ the risen King. Hear, protest, and tremble, sing the story, rule with power. God is faithful, faithless and known. God cannot resend, resound. Faith has found me, faith has found me. God's the Lord, God is the King.

Doubt he gave, he said to her words, thou heardst thou hadst seen this year, but the truth proclaims the wonder of how much he has seen this year. He is risen, he is risen, now we sing the risen King. We are thankful, God, for Jesus, now we sing the risen King. Sing unto him death and pain, evading a peace of defense. God is faithful, faith has found me, stand eternal, stand eternal, worship Christ the risen King. I invite you to follow along with me in your bulletin as we read together selections from Romans chapter 8.

Please read aloud with me on the bold print. This is God's holy word. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, for the law of the spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. By sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemns sin in the flesh in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who walk not according to the flesh, but according to the spirit. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the spirit if in fact the spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the spirit of Christ does not belong to him, but if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness. If the spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his spirit who dwells in you.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn?

Christ Jesus is the one who died. More than that, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life nor angels nor rulers nor things present nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

My God, I love thee. Not because I hope for heaven thereby, nor let me go to love be not, but sky eternally. O my Jesus, how is he upon the ground? O my Jesus, how is he upon the cotton field? O my Jesus, how is he upon the cross in grace? Stormy, despairful, self-constrained, and manifold disgrace. And any fault disgrace.

Why, then, why? O pleasant Jesus Christ, should I not love thee well, not for the hope of winning them, but love with saving them. Not with the hope of making such thus we be well-made, but let my strength and love with me forever loving Lord. This all I hope in heaven will come, and in thy praise will sing.

And slowly, because thou art my God, thou art my God. Father, we want to thank you so much for the fact that Jesus showed us the way. We thank you that you overcame our natural sinful darkness and showed us the light of the gospel. And we pray today that there may be many who, when listening to the gospel, may respond to it positively and understand the wonder of what you've done on our behalf. That is our greatest message.

It is our greatest legacy. May we guard it. And Father, as we look around the world, even in our own country, and see all of the confusion politically and in so many different other ways, morally, spiritually, God, we ask, have mercy on us. We pray, if it please you, that you would not deal with us in judgment, though we deserve it, but have mercy on us.

Have mercy on our city and its many needs, the crime, the brokenness of families, the pain. Lord, we pray, help us to be able to minister to people and bless them in whatever way we can and help us to understand that our gifts are a means of blessing. We pray for those who are going through trials and sorrows. And Lord Jesus, we pray today that those who are going through special trials may see you. We pray that with Jehoshaphat, Lord, there are times when we don't know what to do, but our eyes are on you for forgiveness, for restoration, for help. Help us, Lord, to give it all up and to commit ourselves to you fully without a single bit of our lives remaining for ourselves.

Teach us that. In Jesus' name, amen. In Jesus' name, amen. In Jesus' name, amen. In Jesus' name, amen. In Jesus' name, amen. In Jesus' name, amen.

In Jesus' name, amen. Peter Marshall, who at one time was a chaplain to the United States Senate, told the story entitled The Keeper of the Spring. According to Marshall, there was a town in Europe that was at the base of a mountain range, and the people received very clear water as it ran down the tall mountains.

On top of the mountains, there was a man known as The Keeper of the Spring. It was his responsibility to make sure that the stream at its source was clear. He took away dead leaves and dead twigs and particularly dead animals so that the townspeople would have clear water to drink and, of course, to water their lawns. But the town faced a budget crisis, so what they decided to do is to cut the salary and to fire The Keeper of the Springs. They said it'll probably be clear water anyway. Well, it was for a couple of days, but then green foam began to develop along the edges of the stream, and pretty soon people were getting sick.

They said, you know, we'd better reinstall The Keeper of the Springs, and when they did that, within a few days they had clear water again. The gospel of Jesus Christ must constantly be guarded. We have the responsibility of being the keepers of the spring to make sure that the clear water of life and the clear message of the cross, about which we have sung today, continues to go forth with clarity and transforming power. Throughout history, there have been many attacks against Christianity, many ways in which the stream has been polluted and become unclear. For example, in the early centuries, there was Gnosticism. Gnosticism was a synthesis between Greek philosophy and Christianity, and we saw it in The Da Vinci Code, Gnosticism. We saw also in the early centuries, sacramentalism. Sacramentalism had the idea that grace is communicated through the sacraments, and so, in a sense, the church held the salvation of the parishioners in its hands.

As long as you participated in the sacraments, as long as you then did that, you received certain benefits, but you never know whether you had done enough for God. What's the difference between a venial sin or a mortal sin? There's differences of opinion, and people didn't know how to keep score. And then you have other things such as scientism and rationalism.

We don't have time to list them. So attacks against the gospel have often been made in different ways. What I've decided to do is to ask you first to turn to Galatians chapter 1, because I believe that the apostle Paul was the keeper of the spring. This is what he says about the gospel. I'm in the book of Galatians, first of all, and I'm in verse 3. He says to the churches of Galatia, Galatians 1 verse 3, Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, to deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever.

Amen. Then he continues, I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel. Not that there's another one, he says, but there are some who trouble you and would distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one that we have preached to you, let him be accursed.

Was Paul passionate about this or what? If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. Paul says, keep the stream of the gospel pure. I have so much to say in this message, I was going to go from here to various distortions of the gospel, and then I realized that since this is a message on guarding the gospel, maybe I'd better spend some time explaining what the gospel is, because we can't take it for granted. So I'm going to give you four or five statements important enough for you to write down somewhere.

You might even want to use that offering envelope you should have used for other purposes a few moments ago. I want you to see if you can write these down, five statements regarding Paul's gospel that he's talking about, drawn, of course, from various passages of scripture. First of all, God took the initiative to reconcile us to himself. God took the initiative to reconcile us to himself. We already read that, really, in verses three and four. It is God who gave himself in Christ for us. God took the initiative. And the reason God had to is that you and I are sinners who cannot save ourselves, and our goodness cannot be added to the gospel, because it's good to be good, but only the goodness of Jesus is received by God.

Critical, because all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Come with me to Home Depot Thursday evening. On the way home, I decided to buy something, and so I pull up to the checkout counter. I never do these self-checkout things.

I have no idea how that works. But I pull up and I buy what I'm buying, and I look behind, and nobody's behind me. Very lax evening at Home Depot, so I ask the woman, the clerk, I said, hey, you know, do you have any spiritual input in your life? Do you attend church anywhere?

Oh, yeah, yeah, I attend. And then she listed the church. I said, well, isn't it wonderful to know that when Jesus died on the cross, he died so that we as sinners could be saved, and it's the only way to be saved? And she said, oh, she said, but I'm an honest woman. I said, God knows how honest I am. He sees it in my heart.

And she's pounding her chest like this. I said, you know, that's wonderful. I said, if I had a store, I'd hire you and put you in charge, because I think she was probably very honest. But I said, your honesty will not get you to heaven unless you realize that only Jesus Christ's righteousness is received by God, and therefore it's good that you're good, but it won't do it. She said, God knows, God knows, God knows I'm honest. I have never told a lie, and on and on she went. Well, a couple of moments later, somebody else pulled up and wanted to buy something, so I thought, well, okay, that's as far as I can take this lady today.

Not very far. I left home Depot thinking, you know, there's probably somebody who's drunk walking along State Street who, when he is sober, may be closer to the kingdom of heaven than this woman. Isn't that what Jesus said? He said, even the prostitutes go to heaven ahead of you religious types.

Why? Because you are so absorbed by your own self-righteousness. You cannot see that you need a savior to save you from your sins.

Wow. So statement number one, God took the initiative to reconcile us to himself, and he had to, because if he hadn't have, we'd be lost. We can't save ourselves. Second, Jesus came to earth to die, and when he died, on him was laid God's judgment for all the sins of those who would believe on him. He took the entire hit, the whole thing.

That's why he could say at the end, it is finished. Peter in the New Testament put it this way, that he died, it says, the just one for the unjust, namely us, to bring us to God. Paul says right here, I was reading it, who gave himself for our sins. Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe, as we frequently sing. And as a result of that, he not only took it entirely, he took it eternally upon himself. And that's why we are so desirous about singing on the cross, because it was there that my sin was laid on him. There was no sin in him, but my sin was laid on him, and the sin of all those was paid for totally, completely, and eternally, all those who would believe on his name.

Which leads to number three. The third statement is this gift, and obviously it has to be a gift, because you and I can't contribute to it. Our righteousness is good, but it has to be put on a shelf, and God says, your righteousness is on a shelf, unusable. The righteousness that I receive only is my own.

So it has to be a gift. This gift is received by faith. It is received by faith. And this faith is not just merely an intellectual faith, it is a transfer of trust. May the Lord help me so that I can say this with such clarity that those of you who have never believed on Christ, that it would be shown to you that you have never really believed on him. What about this?

First of all, it is a total trust. When you're coming to Jesus to be saved, and that's one expression, sometimes it's referred to as being saved, sometimes it's referred to as being born again. When you come to Jesus, you don't say, well, I'm trusting Jesus a little bit, but I'm also trusting myself some.

Oh, I'm sorry. It has nothing to do with you. You have to take it from Jesus entirely, completely from him. You say, well, what's my contribution? I'll tell you exactly what it is. It's your sin.

You're bringing all that to the table, and there's a whole lot more there that you don't know about. So first of all, it is a total trust. It is an exclusive trust. Anyone who receives Christ as Savior recognizes that he is the only way.

There's no other option out there. There is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, and so our transfer of trust is complete, and it is a recognition that we need a Savior and an acceptance of that Savior. It is total trust. It is exclusive.

It's individual. Your parents can't do it for you, and it didn't happen when you were baptized. It's not as if that was the entry point, and now you're kind of close to long. Well, there has to be a point in your life when you recognize that your righteousness doesn't cut it, and you come to Christ for his exclusive righteousness. And what happens afterwards, this is number four now, this gift results in a transformation because it not only means that God declares me to be righteous, though thankfully he does as righteous as he is because it's all about the righteousness of Jesus, but in addition to that, the Holy Spirit of God comes into our lives and changes us from within. It may not always be an immediate change, though most people recognize it immediately. There's a new love for Christ. There's a transformation of desire. Suddenly we love Jesus, and we love his word.

There is a transformation that takes place. You know, the gospel is offensive. It really is, and when you preach it, if you preach it well, let me say this, and I agree with Colin Smith here, you have not preached the gospel unless you've preached a message that will get you thrown out of a synagogue or out of a mosque. Until you preach a message that will do that, you aren't really preaching the gospel. So let me add something that is offensive so that I fulfill the requirement, and that is this. But if you don't believe on Jesus, according to him, the wrath of God abides on you.

That's what it comes down to. It's all about Jesus, all about the work that he did, all about what he completed for us as sinners that we in faith receive. Now, if you've never received Christ as Savior, even where you are seated or where you are listening to this, you could, in your heart, indeed say, okay, I received what he did on my behalf.

I bring nothing to this except my great need. And you believe on Jesus, and you can be saved. Now, that's the gospel, and today, of course, we have all kinds of aberrations even within evangelicalism. You'll notice what the Apostle Paul says. There are those who distort the gospel.

Well, the folks in his day were distorting it because they were mixing it with works. But let me give you just a quick list, a quick rundown, of examples that I see happening within evangelical ranks. For example, that you hear about the social justice gospel, the social justice. Whole conferences are held on the social justice gospel without the gospel even once being preached. In the social justice gospel, sin is defined in corporate terms.

It's racism, materialism, economic diversity. Should we be interested in this? Absolutely. Should we be involved in helping people economically and bringing justice?

You'd better believe it. Christians should be on the forefront. But that is a fruit of the gospel. It is a result of the gospel, our concern for humanity, but it is not the gospel. If it isn't Jesus dying on the cross for sinners who need to believe on him in order to be saved, it isn't the gospel, even if it's a good thing. So you have the social justice gospel. And young evangelicals especially are buying into this as if it is the gospel.

Next, I'm skipping some here, the ecumenical gospel, the ecumenical gospel. There's so much pressure. What do you mean other religions are wrong? How arrogant can you get? How prideful? Why are you so full of hate to think that only you have the truth? And so there's pressure for people to say, well, you know, maybe that door to heaven has to be pried open just a little wider to let other religions in.

Let me speak to you candidly. The Christians should be the least prideful people in all the world. If you and I come across arrogantly, we don't represent Jesus well. The reason that we believe it's the only way is because we follow Jesus, and guess what? He said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me. And the reason it's all about Jesus, I've explained this to this congregation dozens of times throughout the last 30-some years, and that is because he's the only savior, other gurus, prophets. But he's the only one who can take away our sin.

About 10 days ago, I was in a situation with someone, I won't tell you who, because you wouldn't know the person anyway, but I don't even want to describe the situation. He said that he doesn't attend church. He raised his children without religion. He said so forth. And I just looked at him with a smile, and I said, I feel so sorry for you.

He said, why? I said, that means you have nobody to take away your sins. And he looked away for a moment and said, yeah, well, I sort of believe on Jesus. Imagine, nobody to take away your sins. So it's all about Jesus. And we cannot open that door.

We can't open the door. We should be the most humble, broken people. I mean, we are, all that we are is we're beggars telling other people we've found some food. That's all we are as Christians. But nonetheless, there's pressure of the ecumenical gospel. And then we have such things as the sophisticated gospel, we can't believe the miracles. For those of you who struggle with belief, and you think, oh, it's a bunch of fairy tales, have you ever read the Bible? For example, have you ever read the Gospel of John?

Oh, this could lead us far but quickly. Wherever the Bible can be tested historically, it comes out fantastic. Of course, we can't prove that Jesus walked on the water or that he fed 5,000 people with a boy's lunch. We can't prove that.

What we can prove is that wherever the New Testament touches history and archaeology, it checks out. And then we begin to ask the question, why the miracles? We discovered that there was a purpose in them, that every miracle that Jesus performed had a specific purpose. And then, after all, he was Jesus.

It's quite a difference, actually, between us and him. So there is the sophisticated. And then there's the neglected gospel, the neglected gospel in evangelical churches. A Muslim family, at great personal cost, received Christ as Savior.

And they went to a large church hoping to hear some word of encouragement, some doctrine, some hope. And I don't want to be too hard on this, but the pastor preached on nutrition. Now, nutrition is very important.

My doctor tells me that I should put it up on the priority of importance. Less chocolate, less this, less that. You know what my doctor actually told me? He said, if it tastes good, spit it out.

That's what he told me. So nutrition is good. But may it never be said that somebody comes to Moody Church to hear a sermon on nutrition. May it never be said. Now, here's my prayer for you, Philippians chapter 1, which was the passage I intended to preach a whole message on, but clearly God willed otherwise. This is my prayer for Moody Church, verse 27 of chapter 1 of Philippians. Underline this in your Bible. Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ so that whether I come and see you or am absent, either way, may I hear that you are standing firm in one spirit with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel. That you might indeed live worthily, as Paul says, that you might stand unitedly and fight willingly. Listen, striving, the Greek word is composed of two words. One is sun, which means with, and the other is ethleo. What does the word ethleo sound like?

It's the word from which we get athlete. The apostle Paul seems to say that you are there as a gladiator in the midst of all of this opposition, all the opposition of ideas, all of the criticism. You know, you're not following the laws of hate speech, et cetera, et cetera, or you are hateful, whatever. And you're standing there and you're saying, with brokenness and humility, I am standing there for the cause of the gospel and that we are standing unitedly for the cause of the gospel. May it ever be said, because that is the desire of the apostle Paul, and that is my desire of Moody Church. Let me say this, that as we go now to three conclusions here. First, remember this, that the slide away from the gospel, the slide away from the gospel always begins with neglect.

It begins with neglect. A church historian said this, having observed movements and various things that God has done throughout the years, denominations. He said the first generation is gospel-centered. They preach the gospel, they tell their children that they need to believe the gospel.

The second generation takes the gospel for granted. Oh, yes, we believe the gospel. We believe the gospel, and sure, we know it. Jesus died for sinners.

Sure, we can tell you that much. What they don't understand is the implications of the gospel. They don't really think deeply about all the doctrines that cluster around the gospel. But yeah, we know Jesus died for sinners.

But now let's get on with something more important. That's the second generation. And then the third generation comes along and they totally neglect the gospel. They can't even articulate it because they are so inundated by popular culture and what have you, they cannot even articulate the gospel. And by the time you get to the generation after that, they disbelieve the gospel and think that it's really a bunch of foolishness. My friend, today, as long as Moody Church exists, and I hope that is till the coming of the Lord, may it be said from this pulpit and elsewhere that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not only believed, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is preached and deeply believed in its transforming power from this pulpit and from this congregation. May it ever be. And if the gospel ever ceases to be front and center at The Moody Church, if I'm still alive and I hear about it and come to think of it, I'd have to be alive to hear about it. I want to take it one step at a time here. If I hear about it, I'm coming here and I'm going to make a lot of noise.

A lot of noise. It's the gospel that has changed our hearts. It's the gospel that is the most precious possession. It is the gospel that America needs. That there's a God in heaven with whom you can be reconciled if you humble yourself and receive the gift of his son. So first of all, the slide always begins with neglect. Secondly, the gospel has incredible implications.

Even though it is a free gift, it has incredible... Listen, the gospel affects the way in which you treat your children and raise them, the way in which you treat your wife or husband. It affects the way in which you do your job. You want to do it with integrity, absolutely, to represent Jesus well. You're willing to sacrifice on his behalf. You're willing to invest financially in his work because it informs the way in which you use your money, the way in which you invest it. The gospel touches all of life.

It's free, but once you get it, it has transforming power. God accepts you as you are, but loves you too much for you to stay where you are at and works in your heart and mine to bring about the sanctifying, powerful work of the good news of the gospel. Finally, Jesus is the way. I've already emphasized that. This past week, those of us who were at the Moody Business Club heard a marvelous testimony of transformation.

It is amazing. Here's this man who was a deacon in a church but was never saved, was confronted by a secretary, and couldn't get her words out of his mind. He was living, he said, in adultery for nine years. His wife was there when he gave his testimony of transforming power and renewed love.

But he said this at the end. He said that somewhere in Michigan, as you drive along a turnpike, there is a sign, a huge picture of Jesus, and it says under it, are you on the right road? That's a good question.

That's the question I'm asking you today. Are you on the right road, by the way? A couple of weeks ago, I heard Alistair beg over the radio to tell a story about how he and his wife were on vacation, and they were in the south, and they were going somewhere, and then Alistair said to his wife, the sun is setting in the wrong place. So they checked the map and discovered that they had made a wrong turn very slowly, but very wrongly. And you know, that's the way some people are. Oh, you know, I just love this road.

I love my sin, I love who I am, I don't need to change. And someday they are going to discover that they've been on the wrong road. I mean, what a thing to come to the end of your life. And you realize that the sun is setting in the wrong place. How would you know if you're on the wrong road?

Well, look at where the sun is. Look at where the S-O-N is, and follow him. And he has a right to the reward of his sacrifice. The night in which he was betrayed, he took bread and said, this bread represents my body.

This cup represents my blood. This is what I am doing for you to redeem you from your sin. May I read the words of the Apostle Paul here that we just read at the beginning of the message? He says, and I'm actually now in Philippians, but in Galatians it says, he sent his son to deliver us from this present evil age.

There you have it. And he says, I loved you this much, and he stretched out his arms and died. Thankfully, he was raised again, and that's why we have such a great celebration at Easter.

But it's all about him. Have you believed on Christ? Do you understand the gospel to the extent that you understand it?

Do you believe it? Are you saying, yes, I believe in Jesus. Right now, I'm going to receive him as my savior, because I'm a sinner who need a savior. This is what I've been looking for, somebody to take away my sin, scoop me up, bring me into God's presence, and declare me as righteous as God, only Jesus. Father, I ask in Jesus' name that your Holy Spirit would use this message. Especially, I pray that you might uncover the deceptions of some who think that they have believed in Christ, but really haven't.

It's all about them, and it's, oh, it's all about Jesus, too. But Father, overcome that, I pray. And now, before I close this prayer, if you've never received Christ as savior, now would be a very good time for you to pray and say, Jesus, save me. I want to believe the gospel.

Cause people to believe, Father, overcome their natural reticence, the pride and darkness, to show them the beauty of a savior who can actually save, in whose name we pray, amen. On today's Moody Church Hour, Pastor Lutzer brought the first of six messages on leaving a legacy. We were admonished to guard the gospel. On these special broadcasts, we're hearing Pastor Lutzer's final series as the senior pastor of The Moody Church.

He's covering the crucial issues that represent his ministry and the challenges that lie ahead. Next week, join us as Pastor Lutzer tells us to be the church. This 2016 Capstone series can be yours as a book, which includes the sermon transcripts and study guide, or as a six-part CD series. Either is waiting for you is our way of saying thanks for your gift of any amount to The Moody Church Hour. Just call us at 1-800-215-5001.

Ask about leaving a legacy when you call 1-800-215-5001. Or you can write to us at Moody Church Media, 1635 North La Salle Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60614. Online, go to moodyoffer.com.

That's moodyoffer.com. For many decades, The Moody Church Hour has aired each week with messages from the senior pastor of The Moody Church. Since becoming pastor emeritus in 2016, Pastor Lutzer continues to write and speak, as well as broadcast on the daily program, Running to Win. Plan to be listening February 18, when Pastor Lutzer introduces the new senior pastor of Moody Church as the next teacher on this weekly program. Join us next week for another Moody Church Hour with the congregation of historic Moody Church in Chicago. This broadcast is a ministry of The Moody Church.
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