Reclaiming the Gospel was AHHHH-mazing this weekend! Dr. Delio DelRio said something that resonated deeply with me, “If we get the Gospel wrong, we get everything else wrong.” Getting the Gospel wrong minimizes or totally eliminates the need for us to participate in the real reason Jesus came, which was to restore HIS KINGDOM in and through us, NOT just to save us from our personal sins or to give us a ticket to heaven! The Good News is the story that Israel’s God is King, how His rule and reign have come to earth NOW, that the intersection of the power of Christ and the condition of mankind would NOW and forever change the course of human history, and that the Kingdom of God has come and all people can choose to become a citizen of it – NOW. So the question at hand is, “What do we do now if we know what the Good News is?” The answer, while taking a lifetime to work out, is simply to be obedient to the Gospel’s call to change our allegiance from the world to God, living out the truths of the Kingdom every day, and passing on to the next generation what it means to be a disciple who makesdisciples who make disciples. We also have to become “Gospel fluent,” knowing how to talk about Jesus and our faith and “Gospel to one another.” We have to actually live out the story of Jesus, by imitating His life and His example. Jesus lived on mission, spending time with non-believers, contributing to a community of believers – investing, teaching and training them to be citizens of the Kingdom of God, and THAT is what we must do, too! The Gospel should be transforming each of us into the Image of Christ and should be reclaiming our lives for the Mission of Christ. I hope you are choosing to be a student of Jesus’ life, so that you can imitate Him to the people around you, speaking the Gospel into their lives because, seriously, that’s how we live the Gospel out!
I’m going to continue the discussion Kris Jensen started last week on the Kingdom of God, so if you haven’t read last week’s Well-Mail on the culture of heaven, go ahead and click here, then come back to continue reading about the Kingdom of Heaven…Welcome back! Okay, so when you read the Gospel of Matthew, you can’t escape the fact that it is saturated with examples and illustrations about the Read More