Thursday, November 4, 2010

What It Is - What It Isn't

There can be no true communication without first defining the terms.  All meaning is context dependent. That is why it is so important to define the Gospel message; to understand both what the Gospel message is, and what is is not. I like this summation by Jonathan Dodson at Creation Project:
The Gospel Isn’t Religious Performance
The Gospel isn’t about religious performance to prove yourself to God, others, or yourself.
We don’t have to impress [God] because Jesus impressed him for us.
We don’t’ have to seek approval from [Others] because are approved by faith in Christ.
We don’t have to perfect [Ourselves] because we are imperfect people clinging to a perfect Christ.
    The Gospel Isn’t Spiritual License
    The Gospel also isn’t spiritual license to flaunt your “freedom” in Christ.
    The Gospel calls us to respond to Jesus in every situation—social, cultural, personal. We are his people not our own. We drive under his license.
    The Gospel isn’t an obstacle to our happiness but the path to true happiness. Christ offers deeper joy than anything else can offer.
    The Gospel calls us to holiness not legalism, to flaunt Christ not false freedom. Jesus calls us to be distinct not relevant as we orbit around him, not rules or liberties.
     Well said!