In the coming days, I am going to post some thoughts on the subject of living gospel-centered lives. This past Sunday, I began teaching the nine-week study “The Gospel Centered Life” by Thune and Walker at Grace. My co-teacher and I had a great discussion in our preparations about what it means to be gospel-centered. We don’t want to throw words or phrases out there and assume people automatically understand what we are talking about. If we are not careful, those phrases can become so commonplace and cliche that we reference them with little tangible reality and substance.
Last Saturday, I asked my Twitter followers the question, “If you were to explain to a new Christian what it means to be gospel-centered, what what would you tell them?” Below are some (not all) of the responses I received:
erikraymond: The truth of what Christ did in history for me (gospel) calibrates everything I do in my life now for his glory (worship) Col.3
jaredcwilson: My standard operating procedure for life comes from knowing I’m a sinner but that Jesus died and rose again out of love for me
JonMcIntosh: Change or transformation of any kind, especially authentic heart-transformation, cannot happen apart from the gospel of grace.
JoshCousineau: You never move beyond the Cross & what Jesus did, the gospel is not the ABC but the A-Z of your new found Christian walk.
pastorjamie: seeing, in all things, what’s beautiful, what’s broken, and how the Gospel (D,B,R) redeems, restores, and renews everything.
timothywashere: In all I do, drawing all goodness and my very life not from self but from the sacrifice and new life that is in Christ alone.
ggrobinson: Cross informed thoughts, attitudes & actions that make us intentionally missional instruments of grace 2 the glory of Christ.
MichaelLeeAdams: 2 live intentionally, purposefully 2 share and show the love, forgivnes, redeption, goodns, & glory of Jesus 2 da world, daily
adamchristensen: I think it should mean that in every situation and setting the gospel is the lens/filter through which we view; i.e…
adamchristensen: …we don’t about anything without a gospel-flavor to it.
t_reck: GC means recognizing practically the implications of the Gospel in everything. Theologizing actually lived out.
mheerema: “You have been shown mercy (not getting what you deserve) and grace (getting what you don’t deserve), go give mercy and grace”
ecpoe: 1 Cor. 2:2 comes to mind–“For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. ”
ChristBookNotes: Daily reminding myself of the sinless life, the gruesome death, and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ
I really appreciate the thoughtful and stimulating responses from Twitter, but I want to extend the conversation here as well. I would love to hear from you. In a concise and simple way, how would you explain what it means to be gospel-centered? Notice, I am not asking what is the gospel, but what it means to center your entire life on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I will post my thoughts on this soon, but till then, I look forward to hearing from you.