The Lamb’s Gospel

John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world”.

We are convinced that God is calling his church to embrace the gospel again, living grace-addicted, truth-filled, Jesus-exalting lives! The Gospel is the good news that God’s kingdom power has entered human history through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ! As John Piper writes,

“The Gospel is the news that Jesus Christ, the Righteous King, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over all his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy!”

The gospel is the center of the Bible, and it ought to be the center of our lives, homes, churches, ministries, spiritual disciplines, songs, parenting, marriage-everything! The Christian life is formed by the glories of the gospel-it’s patterned and powered by the gospel of grace in all of life-for the rest of life! We don’t worship the gospel, we worship the God of the Gospel, Jesus Christ! The gospel is God’s act of turning scoundrels into saints, turning sin seekers into people who find their utmost satisfaction in God! Dave Keesling put it this way,

“The gospel’s simplicity is it’s ability to, in a moment, change literally everything.”[1]

Daniel Montgomery shares three aspects of the gospel, the kingdom, the cross, and grace…

  • The gospel of the kingdom is life with God under God’s rule
  • The gospel of the cross is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus by which God accomplishes our salvation, rescues us from his wrath, incorporates us into his people, and inaugurates his reign in the world.
  • The gospel of grace is the wonderful news that God accepts us, shares his life with us, and adopts us as heirs of his kingdom not because we have earned it or deserve it, but because God chooses to give all of this freely at Christ’s expense.[2]

As JA Medder’s writes,

  • We worship Jesus because “he is the radiance of the glory of God” (Heb. 1:3)
  • We harp on the gospel because “for our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21)
  • Our hope is wrapped up in the truth that “he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace and by his wounds we are healed” (Isa. 53:5)
  • We center our lives on Jesus because “we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again. Death no longer has dominion over him” (Rom 6:9)
  • We sing, pray, sacrifice, and follow Jesus because, “there is one God and there is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus” (I Tim. 2:5)
  • We have confidence in life, and death because of Jesus, “who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever! Amen” (Gal 1:4-5)
  • We walk with joy and no condemnation because, “he himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin, and live to righteousness. By his wound’s you have been healed” (I Peter 2:24).
  • Jesus is our great reward and love because, “in him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Eph 1:7)
  • We go on gospel mission because “the saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’” (I Tim. 1:15)[3]

 As Tim Keller shares,

“We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe and yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope…We were so bad that Christ had to die for us, but we were so loved that Christ was glad to die for us….Sin comes and says, ‘your life for me,’ Christ says, ‘my life for you!  Religion makes us proud of what we do, but the gospel makes us proud of what Jesus has done!”[i]

As Sam Storms shares,

“Therefore, the gospel is not what God requires. The gospel is what God provides! The gospel is not an imperative, demanding things you must do. The gospel is an indicative, declaring things that God has done. The gospel is not about human action. The gospel is about divine achievement. The gospel is not a moralistic Do! The gospel is a merciful Done! The gospel informs, controls, and energizes all we do. Our ministry values—worship, prayer, discipleship, community, and mission— are all the fruit of the grace that God has given us in Jesus”

[1] Byron Paulus, OneCry, 140

[2] Daniel Montgomery, Proof

[3] J.A. Medders, Gospel Formed, 26-27

[i] Tim Keller excerpt from his talk at Gospel Coalition Conference 2017, “Boasting in the Cross” http://2017.thegospelcoalition.org/

 

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