Gospel-centered life

Gospel-centered living:

Involves three tenses

  1. What we were apart from Christ (past)
  2. What we already have in Christ (present)
  3. What we will have through Christ (future)
  • Titus 3:5-6 – “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior”
  • Galatians 2:21 – ”if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!”
  • Philippians 3:20-21 – “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

Is based on two confessions

  1. Romans 7:24 – “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death (my imprisonment to sin)?
  2. Romans 7:25 – “Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” – 8:1)
  • “There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by God’s grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (3:22-24). (see: 3:19-20). 
  • “For God has bound all men over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.” (11:32).

Is mission focused

  • “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…” (Romans 1:16).
  •  “I do all things for the sake of the gospel, (δια το ευαγγελιον) that I may share in its blessings” (I Corinthians 9:23). 
  •  “As you go into all the world, proclaim the gospel to everyone” (Mark 16:15).

Steve Cornell

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