Yesterday’s Faculty meeting was spent ruminating on the character of the Gospel (multi-faceted) and how we have tendencies to focus only on one part (e.g., what are the minimum beliefs you have to have to be a Christian, penal substitution, etc.). What happens to our sense of the Gospel if we move away from easy believism and self-focused, individualistic aspects of the Gospel (am I really saved?).
Seems we need to be having some questions to help shape the Gospel:
1. What is God doing? (covenanting and reconciling a people for himself)
2. What does he call us to do/be as a people of God?
What passages might I use to articulate the core of the Gospel?
1. 2 Cor. 5:16f (reconciling the world tohimself, making us agents of reconciliation)
2. The 1st and 2nd Greatest commandments (love God, love neighbor)
3. 1 Cor. 15 gets some key ideas down (as was reminded by a colleague)
4. 1 Thess 1 gives the idea of the Gospel as believe, serve, and wait
What would you use to articulate the Gospel without missing key facets?