How to Teach the Gospel of Grace

I know a church where the pastor preached a series of sermons simply titled “Jesus.” For several weeks he expounded on the character of Christ and what he has done for us. It was brilliant. It was heavenly.

But then he stopped.

The series came to an end and the pastor began a new series. I don’t remember what it was except that it wasn’t about Jesus, it wasn’t brilliant, and it wasn’t heavenly.

The single greatest need in the world is for a revelation of the love of our Father revealed in Jesus Christ. The single greatest tragedy in the world today, is that those who are called to reveal that love are busy preaching other things.

I know this because I used to do it.

As a pastor I preached in reaction to needs and problems and current events. No more. Never again. Now I preach in reaction to Christ alone. He alone is the Answer to our needs and problems. He is the one who gives Meaning to life.


How to preach the gospel of grace

By pointing to Jesus; by getting people to lift their eyes off their sin and hurt and fix their eyes on Jesus our Deliverer and Healer.

How NOT to preach the gospel of grace

Please understand I am not saying causes are bad or that we should remove ourselves from worldly affairs. Far from it. I’m simply saying those things are subsidiary to the gospel that we have been called to preach. Jesus trumps everything. He is the good news the poor need to hear. He is our long-awaited year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19).

When Paul went to Corinth he had no agenda and no message other than to preach “Christ crucified” (1 Cor. 1:23). We take our lead from him.

Need help?

“Paul, how do I preach the gospel of grace?”

Preaching the gospel is simple – it’s simply telling people about Jesus. But if you need a little more inspiration – maybe you’re looking for a conversation starter or a ten-week series outline – check out E2R’s “Teaching Resources” page. It’s packed with useful stuff.

And if that is not sufficient, you can also check out Paul’s Library (on Patreon) of classic sermons, study notes, ebooks, and bonus materials.


28 Comments on How to Teach the Gospel of Grace

  1. when I look back, I have found,if it had LIFE in it, it stuck,otherwise it faded away,and church was a social club that day

  2. I can’t tell you how much I agree with this!
    The Gospel is simple but inexhaustible. The preacher’s job however is to TRY to exhaust it not to just preach through the bible without joing the dots that reveal Jesus.
    When that happens there be power!

    You’re preaching good!

  3. ruthless trust rob // June 27, 2014 at 4:21 am // Reply

    Im a grace teacher of 40 yrs…and while I agree with most of what you say I’m not 100% behind you. (Like foolish arguments of geneology that are of no benifit) There are things that christians need to know for everyday life and for historical understanding and context. When evangilising sure, but to the flock in the fold there is a bit more responsibility a pastor has. Sure leviticus is boring but its there for a reason…and not all the new testement focused on jesus and grace…it taught church structure and day to day life…and while I can teach grace in revelation …well…nuff said…but I’m sure you will disagree…

    • I’m not sure what I’m supposed to disagree with here Rob. Yes, in the hands of a graceless preacher Leviticus can be boring, but in the hands of a good preacher – one who understands that the Bible is not about us but Jesus – Leviticus can be thrilling!

      • Well…mebbe were not to far apart then…the bible is about jesus and us…his live letter/story to us and what his love has done for us…just seemed that we might of been…

  4. Amen! Many in the church are so frustrated with trying to please a Jesus they can never satisfy. Many outside the church don’t want a Jesus they can never satisfy. What an opportunity and privilege we have to introduce them to the real Jesus.

  5. Deborah Kean // June 27, 2014 at 6:10 pm // Reply

    I think that churches need to concentrate more on Jesus and less on the Old Testament as while the OT is interesting, it’s less relevant than Jesus.

    • The OT is full of grace teachings and full of Jesus, you cant teach the new w/o the old…because the old is what the new fulfills…if you feel this way…you’ve been tought the OT wrong…not even Paul can teach without using OT…it’s why Jesus is…

      • Freefromlaw // July 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm //

        Really, do you think Paul went to Corinth and preached to them the Law? No, he preached Jesus and HIM crucified.

      • I think as Paul ,being one schooled in the OT and has the OT pointed clearly to Christ , I absolutly think that he preached the OT andcthe grace that is in it…you cant teach Jesus and the proof of who he is without the OT , after decades of being a minister this is very clear and is common knowledge even to one as you. He preached Law and how it was pointing us to Christ. Son…the OT is full of grace and Jesus…ask God to show you… (:

  6. The greatest gift God will give you is to see his Son in every word of scripture, it will build your faith to the point where you know and do not just believe. He is the living word. Knowledge is relationship.

  7. Thanks for great articles. 31 years in ministry but last 10 years in the wonderful grace message of Christ in us. Your articles bless and help me a lot in my preparations. Love this website and your writings. Stephen from RSA

  8. John Graham // July 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm // Reply

    Dear Paul,
    How do I go about gifting into your ministry? You have wonderfully blessed me with :why partial forgiveness is completely bogus.
    May God continue to bless your teachings,
    John Graham

  9. Michael Jenkins // July 10, 2014 at 7:22 am // Reply

    Amen, Jesus plus nothing! Love your posts.

  10. Hi Paul I’m new to the site and I can’t seem to find an appropriate thread to ask a question which I would love I have answered. I’m starting to have a re awakening of grace and realise that a lot of what I’ve been taught over the last years is wrong and needs grace gospel correction…

  11. Paul, I would like your opinion about the Catholic church beliefs. Do you think that the church believes in salvation through works? { examples: doing confirmation, the rosary prayers to Mary, confessing to a priest, ect..} My husband’s family is Catholic but I am not. We have had disagreements about his beliefs. I believe that no man can come to the Father except through Jesus. I have not seen confirmation mentioned in the bible or prayers to Mary. What scriptures in the bible discuss these beliefs?

  12. Thank you very much,your articles are helping me a lot as I am planting a church in Spain,it is a real blessing to me and for the congregation here near Madrid teaching the Grace,not a philosophy or a religion,but the Grace,simple and powerful,thank you for all your material posted,colud leave a reply to this message as I want to participate in a way in what you are doing,I mean financial,like buy some books(eBooks for ex),thank you once again.

  13. Thanks Paul for the reminder today. We need to be continually reminded that Jesus is the centre of our all. After all, he is our all, he not only surrounds us , but also is with us 24/7 and in us. I will never forget the words spoken 40 years ago after I was baptised, as I stood near a small stream in the far north of NZ, that is; always remember that whatever is preached, whoever is preaching, whatever is taught, that it must be about Jesus, everything else is peripheral.

  14. Amen to this. As a pastor for the past 11 years I have come to see how hard it it is to keep the main thing the main thing – the all sufficiency of Jesus Christ, risen and alive with us today, moment by moment. There is always another agenda or cause coming up to shift the focus away from Christ.

    • Stewart,

      Thank you for being a pastor of the gospel!!
      I can’t imagine the battles you face when you stand stong on the grace message among your peers.
      Being a servant shepherd is much more challenging than being a ‘rule over” authority figure.


  15. Teena Adkins // July 12, 2016 at 6:34 am // Reply

    The Gospel taught as intended is Heaven and has changed my life forever. I cannot hear enough about Jesus and His pure, perfect, relentless, scandalous Love for us.

  16. Luciano G Bandingan, Mayag, Sison, Surigao del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines // July 18, 2016 at 2:37 pm // Reply

    I wish to have my own written copy of all the teachings about the doctrine of grace, a biblical doctrine sincerely embraced by pbc congregations. I hope anyone from among the pbc could help and share if you have. Thanks in advance for those who would.

  17. I thought to be a disciple was to be a “learner”..not a religious hypocrite. I thought God was LOVE not HATE. Oh yes…the people in ACTS were called CHRISTIANS…by the pagans around them..they did not call themselves that…John 3:16…(the WORLD).as PAUL. Said. oh what a wretched man I am…but I am so glad HE LOVES ME…

  18. Russell Atkins // June 9, 2017 at 10:06 pm // Reply

    How sweet the sound. That i may know Christ and Him Crucified. Yes He is the only message and He is limitless. O that we may know Him above all things.

  19. Well, this is super helpful!

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