Wednesday, June 30, 2010

A Commitment to Gospel-Centrality

Interesting quote below from a resolution passed at this months meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention on the need for churches to be centered in the Gospel (as quoted at Kingdom People)
May we reaffirm our commitment to the supremacy and centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our churches.

May our pastors keep the gospel foremost in every sermon they preach, so that the whole of Scripture and every aspect of life can be seen in the context of how every promise of God finds its “Yes” in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

May our churches in preaching, teaching, and discipleship proclaim the gospel to unbelievers, showing them how to find peace with God, and to proclaim the gospel to believers, that through the renewing of our minds we might continually be transformed by the gospel.

May our churches display the gospel by transcending ethnic, racial, economic, and social barriers due to our unity in Christ.

May our churches celebrate the gospel through the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, teaching our congregations the joy of the gospel therein.

May we recommit ourselves to the glory of the gospel by greater faithfulness to the Great Commission both in personal witness and in sending more gospel workers to the unreached peoples of the world.

May our churches and individual believers study, identify, and act upon the lostness of their communities, the nation, and the world.

May each church support its pastor as he leads personally in ongoing Great Commission involvement, both locally and globally.

May we commit to speak to the outside world as those who are forgiven sinners, who have received mercy as a free gift, and not as those who are morally or ethically superior to anyone.

May we seek to live as those who have been rescued by the gospel, evidenced by forgiving our enemies, setting aside personal offenses, crucifying selfish pride, breaking down carnal divisions, and loving one another joyously, counting others as more important than ourselves.

May God pour out His Spirit to make us truly gospel-centered, gospel-saturated people whose lives and words point the world to our Lord Jesus Christ!