What I Love About the Messianic Metanarrative: The Power of the Gospel and the Limitations of Apologetics

Some of the most transformative moments of the last decade of my life have taken place in Southern Seminary’s chapel.

In the Alumni Memorial Chapel Building I have been challenged by some of the worlds greatest preachers who have visited our campus: D. James Kennedy, John Piper,  C.J. Mahaney, David Platt, Alistair Begg, R. C. Sproul, Adrian Rodgers, John MacAthur, and the list could go on and on…

Today’s chapel sermon will be added to the list of providential words that will forever be etched in my mind.

Dr. Russell Moore’s sermon from 1 Corinthians 3 and 4 resonated with my understanding of Scripture as well as my own lived experience.  You can watch the video from his sermon here.

Today I was reminded that apologetics is important but insufficient.

Because we are clearly told to have an answer for anyone who asks about our hope in Christ, apologetics is an act of obedience and therefore a part of our sanctification.  Because we see in the Apostle Paul a pattern of reasoning with his audience, we know that apologetics is a critical part of evangelistic endeavors.

But it’s not enough.

I believe defending our faith is important.  But it’s not enough.

I believe understanding secular philosophy is important. But it’s not enough.

I believe challenging secular propaganda is important.  But it’s not enough.

Only the clarity of the gospel aided by the power of the Spirit can open blind eyes and awaken dead hearts.

I believe there is a Messianic metanarrative that has the exclusive power to satisfactorily answer humanity’s questions and heal its heartaches.

Only the power of God working through the Spirit can convict hearts of the truthfulness of the gospel.

Your logic and ability to reason will help.  But they are not enough.

We need the Spirit.