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Gospel Driven: The Gospel

The first step in having a gospel driven ministry is to have a right understanding of the gospel itself.  I do not intend to exhaustively cover every aspect of the gospel in one blog post, mainly because that isn't possible.  I would live to lay out a simple, but I hope robust gospel explanation.  If we don't understand the gospel, we cannot hope to orient an entire ministry philosophy around it's proclamation and teaching.  One way to summarize the gospel, and the way I am going to do so today, is by looking at it from a 30,000 feet perspective. From that perspective the gospel is summarized like this: Creation, Fall, Redemption, Reconciliation.

Creation
The gospel begins and ends with the sovereign God of the universe.  At its core, the gospel is about God, not man.  As we know from Genesis, God created everything by the word of His mouth.  We also know from Colossians 1:16 that all things were created not only by God but for God.  Everything in existence was made by God to bring Him glory, including mankind.


Fall
Genesis 3 tells us the story of how Adam and Eve succumbed to the temptation of the enemy and fractured all of creation in the process.  By choosing to disobey God, by choosing to believe they knew better than God what was good for them, they allowed sin to enter into our world.  We learn in Romans 8:19-20 that to this day, all of creation suffers under the curse of God due to sin.  We also learn in Romans that because of Adam's disobedience, death has come to all of his descendants.  We are all born alienated from God and objects of His wrath (John 3:36).  We are dead in our sins and there is nothing we can do to change that.

Redemption
Fortunately for us, not only is God just, holy, and righteous, but he is also merciful, loving, and gracious.  According to His good pleasure, He has chosen a people for His own possession.  Jesus Christ, God's son, came to earth as one of us, lived a perfect life, was killed on a cross, and resurrected from the dead.  While on the cross, He absorbed the wrath of God that we deserved as punishment for our sin.  He became sin for us so that we could become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Jesus Christ and His work on the cross is the only way to be saved from our sin and be reconciled to God.


Reconciliation
One day in our future, Jesus is returning to establish His rule over all creation.  He will reconcile all things to Himself (Colossians 1:20).  He will rescue creation from its curse and He will gather all of His people so that He might be glorified for all eternity.

The beginning of the gospel is God and the end of the gospel is God.  In order to have a gospel driven ministry, we must be sure we know and understand the gospel as best we can.  We must become students of the gospel.  Then and only then can we begin to learn how to form a ministry around the beautiful gospel of Christ.

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3 comments:

  1. Did you get this from Gabe Lyons? I heard him speak a few weeks ago and he laid out the same outline.

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  2. I didn't get it from Gabe Lyons, but it obviously isn't original to me. I believe it is a fairly common way of explaining the gospel. Matt Chandler also uses a very similar explanation.

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  3. Cool. I was just wondering. I guess I have to get with it and find out who all uses it. :)

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