Creation or Gospel First?
Russell Moore is President of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. He formerly served as Dean of the School of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and executive director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement. Dr. Moore is the author of The Kingdom of Christ: The New Evangelical Perspective (Crossway, 2004) and Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches (Crossway, May 2009).
- 2009 Aug 20
I'm getting ready for tomorrow's second class meeting in Theology II here at Southern Seminary, and here's what I'd like my students to be thinking about the night before.
You meet a completely secular (inasmuch as that's possible, of course) man in your community. He grew up with atheist parents, and has never really known anything about Christianity. As you talk with him about Jesus, where are you going to try to start?
Now I know a lot of that will be determined by the kinds of questions he asks, and the way the conversation goes. But, still, if it's up to you, do you start with the gospel? With creation? With his sin and need for redemption?
Do you start with John 3:16, Romans 3:23, or Gen 1:1?
What do you think?