For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised (1 Cor 5:14-15).
When we are truly affected by the gospel, we can’t help but live it, proclaim it, and take action. We impact our communities through:
Evangelism: We build relationships, share the gospel, and invite people into community with us. We are called to live ordinary lives, with gospel intentionality. 1 Thess 2:8
Discipleship: As people changed by Jesus, we want others to experience the same life-changing relationship with Him. Mark 1:16-20
Social Involvement: Jesus came for the outsider, the broken, the truly messed up people; and such were we. The church is especially called to welcome into our community the poor, the marginalized, and the sojourner. Luke 4:18-19
World Missions: The church is God’s mission strategy. 1 Pet 2:9; Matt 28:18
Church Planting: Is the outworking of us being in community and being on mission with God. Acts 1:8
The word “gospel” simply means good news. The good news is that Jesus suffered and died in our place for our sin in order that we may freely receive God’s righteousness and forgiveness. The gospel is fundamentally news and not advice. Advice is typically counsel about something that has not yet happened and requires the listener to do something. News, however, is inherently different. News is a report about a definitive event that has already happened. The listener cannot impact the outcome of the event. The listener simply responds to what has already been done.
The gospel is good news that invites us to respond to the love of God demonstrated through the Person and work of Jesus on the cross. We are invited to meet, know, love and serve Jesus. The start point for all of us is to repent and believe.
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