No Other Gospel

October 21, 2014 | Chris Payne

In 1987, a little girl playing in the yard became the biggest news story of the year.
People still remember Jessica McClure and what happened to her.

Jessica was 18 months old, a baby.
She walked away from the sight of her parents and into trouble.
The trouble was a drain pipe that had been left uncovered in the field.
The pipe was 8 inches wide and 22 feet deep.
Jessica somehow crawled inside, and became stuck.

Rescue teams worked around the clock, for 56 hours, to free baby Jessica.
Finally, they were able to rescue her from the open pipe.
A nation rejoiced. Her parents overwhelmingly grateful.

Can you imagine Jessica, later in life, going back to the drainage pipe…uncovering it and trying to go back inside? Can you imagine someone going back to that same pipe and uncovering it for another little girl to get stuck in it?

It’s impossible to imagine this happening.
People who are rescued wouldn’t go back to their trap.
People who see danger wouldn’t knowingly expose others to it.

But this is the exact context of the book of Galatians.
People who have been rescued are playing around the same places that they were trapped.

At the center of Christianity is the theme of rescue.
“God so loved the world that He….sent his Son.”

The Gospel of Jesus rescues us. It keeps us from returning to our traps.


Other gods will make you their slaves.
Only God will make you his child.

Listen to the first sermon of our #BeFree series at New Charlotte Church from 2014.
And read Galatians 1:1-10