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EP 69: Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

How do we preach the gospel to ourselves? What does a Gospel-focused day look like? @mferrell

Preaching the gospel to yourself. It’s a phrase we’ve all heard and we all agree with but deep down we’re like, okay what does that really look like? Or how do I make that practical in my day-to-day life when my marriage is hard? Or the kids are out of control? Or there’s an illness in my family or I’m just stuck in a sinful pattern? Or the house is in chaos and I don’t know where to begin? 

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.”

~ Jerry Bridges

The reality is we’re always saying something to ourselves in our minds. Especially in those moments of chaos or difficulty. Is what we’re speaking to ourselves centered on the truths of God’s Word or are we buying into the lies of the world? 

“Have you realized that most of the unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself?”

~ Martyn Lloyd Jones

We need to be talking to ourselves and not just listening to ourselves. But what do we need to be talking to ourselves about? This is what we’re going to work through together in today’s podcast. 

Come listen in to Preaching the Gospel to Yourself:


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Favorite Links Mentioned:

G3 Conference

Just Thinking Podcast

Thankful Homemaker Facebook Group

The Gospel Condensed – (My Husband’s Sermon on Romans 8:1)

The Great Exchange by John Piper

Amber Ravatsaas, Writer – my Amber’s Blog


2 Corinthians 5:21

Romans 5:6

Romans 5:8

Romans 5:10

1 Peter 2:22

1 John 3:5

Matthew 3:17

Isaiah 53:6

1 Peter 2:24

Romans 5:12-21 – (spend some time in these verses)

Ephesians 2:8-9

Romans 8:1

Romans 8:31

Romans 8:33

Galatians 3:10

Galatians 6:14

Romans 4:7-8

Gospel-Centered Resources:

Recommended Verses to Memorize that remind us of the Gospel – 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:31-34, Isaiah 53:3-6, Romans 3:23-26, Romans 5:6-11, 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, and Galatians 2:21.

Recommended Gospel Focused MusicHymns of Grace, Sovereign Grace Music, CityAlight, Keith and Kristyn Getty, and The Sing! Conference. 

Gospel-Centered SermonsThe Gospel Condensed, This is Amazing Grace, The Power of the Gospel and The Glorious Gospel. 

Matthew Henry’s Free Online Commentary


The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges


Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges


A Gospel Primer for Christians by Milton Vincent


What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert


In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel-Centered Life by Sinclair Ferguson


Gospel Powered Parenting: How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting by William Farley


New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional by Paul David Tripp


Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith by Scotty Smith


ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible

The Gospel for Real Life Book Series 

Gospel for Real Life Book Series










What was it that compelled or motivated Paul to live for Christ: (I’m giving you it in Jerry Bridges words:

“Notice though, what compelled or motivated Paul in such a strong manner. It was not a continual challenge to be more disciplined, or more committed, or more holy. Rather, it was his constant heartfelt awareness of Christ’s love for him. It was not the thought that ‘I ought to do this or that’ or a feeling of guilt for not doing something that motivated Paul. 

Rather, it was his overwhelming sense of Christ’s love for him that spurred him on. We, believers, do need to be challenged to a life of committed discipleship, but that challenge needs to be based on the gospel, not on duty or guilt. Duty or guilt may motivate us for a while, but only a sense of Christ’s love for us will motivate us for a lifetime.”



  1. kathy rogers says:

    I have tried several times to sign up …i have entered two different email addresses trying to get access.. i never receive the link! help, please?

    1. Marci Ferrell says:

      Kathy I’m so sorry you’re having issues. Try and sign up through the link below and if it doesn’t add you in I’ll add you manually and email you the login info for the library.

  2. Very helpful podcast! What was the scripture that Charles Spurgen would quote from before preaching..Luke 8:13 does not seem correct?

    1. Marci Ferrell says:

      Marcie – thank you so much and thank you for catching it. It should be Luke 18:13 so sorry. Heading to change it in the post now too. Love your name xo.

  3. Jeanne Terry says:

    First time listener! You sound so sweet and down to earth. I just started my own podcast and listening to you on this episode is pure inspiration. You are a natural! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    1. Marci Ferrell says:

      Jeanne – thank you so much. Yay for you starting a podcast. Send me the link to yours when you get a chance.

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