I’ve shared the gospel maybe a few hundred times, but this past Sunday night something occurred to me in the middle of sharing the gospel with our youth group. The gospel sounds crazy. I’ve been going to church since nine months before I was born, I’ve grown up knowing about church stuff. But for a brief second I put myself in the shoes of some of those junior and senior high students who were staring back it me (quite politely too I may add) who may not have grown up in church and may not have heard any of the gospel before. The gospel sounds crazy…God had a son, with a virgin and his name was Jesus and he died for my sins, which apparently I have because of some guy name Adam and after he died he came back to life but now he lives in heaven and all I have to do is to trust him…what? Really it’s nuts if you think about it think about. I’m no stranger to hearing about a groups religious beliefs and thinking, “that’s crazy.” “Mormons believe what? That’s crazy” But really I can see now why faith in Christ is totally monergistic. There is no way I could believe without the Holy Spirit…it really is just too much for me to believe on my own. The Bible says that Christ is the author and perfector of our faith and with good reason…faith in the gospel…in a story that crazy, has to come from God. I know with everything that is in me the gospel is true and I know because I believe the Bible and I believe the Bible because the Holy Spirit has enabled me to do so. Some people believe that they can come to true faith of there own free will, but if that’s true than, frankly, you don’t need Christ to be saved…you just need determination. Furthermore, if that is true then Jesus was wrong when he said “I am the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father but through me.” Which is all the more reason I believe that saving faith comes from Christ alone, through faith alone, by grace alone, through scripture alone for the glory of God alone. I pray for those I know that don’t believe the gospel because while I know it’s part of my job as a christian to proclaim the gospel I can’t make anyone believe a story so crazy…and so true.