A GOSPEL CENTERED LIFE
All Scripture is important. Genesis 1:1 is as important as Galatians 2:20. I believe all Scripture hangs from Matthew 22:37-40. Why is it important that we share the gospel?
Andy Stanley illustration: I know about Andy. I know the names of his kids, his wife, and the church he pastors. I read his books and listen to his sermons. However, I have never met him. I do not know Andy.
People know God but they do not KNOW God. People do not need another program. They need people that will live a transparent life and have an authentic relationship with Jesus. They need Jesus. If your church ceased to exist -Closed up shop and locked the doors tomorrow…Would your community miss you? Would it really matter? Would anyone care?
We should be amazed at the work of the Lord – in awe. We have made the gospel like birthdays. After a certain age people stop celebrating birthdays. There is no party, no friends coming over, no cake and the birthday is reduced to just another day.
The Gospel centered life is not a moral checklist. Pharisees were moral but most of them still busted Hell wide open because they were moral but they refused to have a relationship with Christ. The Gospel centered life is a relationship with God. Jesus called us to a life of repentance and radical sacrifice. What are you willing to sacrifice? Job? Stuff? Money? A relationship that does not honor God?
Conviction is God’s process of getting us to change. Conviction leads to repentance. Repentance leads to being more conformed to the image of Jesus. But a lot of people run from conviction like it is some kind of disease, only to return to wallow in the pit of their own pride and selfishness. Romans 10:9-13 Can the Gospel be given any clearer? All Christians are a product of the Gospel. Psalm 42:1 Angst, urgency, desperation We must be compelled to take the gospel to those who do not have a relationship with Jesus. You cannot say that you love God and do not love other people. How much you love people is directly connected to how much you love God.
We have to stop making the gospel so complicated. Philippians 1:27
People that live Gospel centered lives become a church that is Gospel centered.