Saturday, September 24, 2011

Let's Be Clear

I've said a lot here recently about being missional and I don't want to be misleading. You can love being on mission with Jesus and not love Jesus. A more classic way to say that is you can be very religious about Jesus stuff and not have a relationship with Jesus. So I want to be clear that the gospel is not working for Jesus or rebuilding your community or feeling more fulfilled because you are doing Jesus stuff. The gospel is the good news that God sent His Son as Redeemer for those who are utterly hopeless and dead in sin... by His work on the cross atonement is accomplished to bring us into relationship with God... a relationship of knowing, enjoying, and glorifying God forever. By faith alone the work of Christ is applied and this is an act of God's sovereign grace. That transformation (the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit) implants in us a growing passion and dedication to spread God's glory through gospel proclamation and demonstration.

Here is a good video on the gospel (and what the gospel is not) that is helpful on my point:

Baptized Four Times from The Gospel Coalition on Vimeo.

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