(for the sake of the gospel)
“I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings” (I Corinthians 9:23) πάντα δὲ ποιῶ διὰ τὸ εὐαγγέλιον, ἵνα συγκοινωνὸς αὐτοῦ γένωμαι. (vv.19-23)
Living this way requires a kenosis mindset (see: Philippians 2:3-11).
Three tensions we must embrace:
- “Culturalizing without compromising”
- “Permeation without contamination”
- “Identifying without losing our identity”
Three challenges for the Church: (as articulated by the late John R. W. Stott)
- Breaking out of the safety of our Christian stockades
- Entering sympathetically into the dilemmas of our contemporaries.
- Applying Biblical solutions to unmask false and harmful ideologies.
What is the gospel? by D. A. Carson – The Biblical gospel
It’s nice to see a little Greek on a blog. One of my categories is “Algebra is Greek to Me, Greek isn’t. I am a big fan of Stott. He was very much read when I was active in Inter Vasrstiy Christian Fellowship. Regarding kenosis (which you might explain to your readers), Once when I was a bit frustrated in my Christian walk I cried out to God, “What do want from me, anyway.”
To my surprise, deep within me came a reply, “I want your emptiness that I may fill it with my fullness.”
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