At my core I am committed to gospel-centeredness and being gospel-driven. But I confess I don’t really know what that means. The rich complexity of the gospel and the scope of the implications from the gospel are far beyond my ability to grasp, plumb, or fathom. So I am drawn towards faithful expressions of the gospel that expand my understanding and depth of insight.
I am indebted to the Elders and leaders of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California for their thoughtful and compelling explanation of what it means to be gospel-centered:
The gospel is at the center of all we do. The “gospel” is the good news that through Jesus, the Messiah, the power of God’s kingdom has entered history to renew the whole world. Through the Savior God has established his reign. When we believe and rely on Jesus’ work and record (rather than ours) for our relationship to God, that kingdom power comes upon us and begins to work through us. We witness this radical new way of living by our renewed lives, beautiful community, social justice, and cultural transformation. This good news brings new life. The gospel motivates, guides and empowers every aspect of our living and worship.
Let me encourage you to read this again and again. Spend some time thinking through what was said and what is demanded. (You may even ask yourself if you agree with what they said.) And join me in praying that God would not only grant us greater understanding, but that He would bring about personal and cultural transformation.
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If this would be true of us we (I included) and our community would be a different place. As the Gospel does change people. I’m asking why are we not so different then? And what impact do we make on & in our community ?
I grew up and hung around New Port Beach in my middle and high school years. I know that place..went back there to visit two years ago…Looks pretty much the same. I was surpised. Probably shouldn’t be though. That area is loaded with the real affluent people of Orange County. An almost cross cultural experence for most people visiting there.
Great place to surf if your young at heart and don’t mind the fishermen casting 2 & 3 oz weights with hooks and all from the pier at you while your picking a wave….!