Saturday, 9 February 2008

Gospel - Definition and Discussion

The Gospel Coalition

Preamble (excerpt)

We are a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism that seem to be diminishing the church’s life and leading us away from our historic beliefs and practices. On the one hand, we are troubled by the idolatry of personal consumerism and the politicization of faith; on the other hand, we are distressed by the unchallenged acceptance of theological and moral relativism. These movements have led to the easy abandonment of both biblical truth and the transformed living mandated by our historic faith. We not only hear of these influences, we see their effects. We have committed ourselves to invigorating churches with new hope and compelling joy based on the promises received by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

We believe that in many evangelical churches a deep and broad consensus exists regarding the truths of the gospel. Yet we often see the celebration of our union with Christ replaced by the age-old attractions of power and affluence, or by monastic retreats into ritual, liturgy, and sacrament. What replaces the gospel will never promote a mission-hearted faith anchored in enduring truth working itself out in unashamed discipleship eager to stand the tests of kingdom-calling and sacrifice. We desire to advance along the King’s highway, always aiming to provide gospel advocacy, encouragement, and education so that current- and next-generation church leaders are better equipped to fuel their ministries with principles and practices that glorify the Savior and do good to those for whom he shed his life’s blood.

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Theological Vision for Ministry (summary)

1. How should we respond to the cultural crisis of truth? (epistemological)
  • We affirm that truth is correspondence to reality
  • We affirm that truth is conveyed by Scripture
  • We affirm that truth is correspondence of life to God
2. How should we read the Bible? (hermeneutical)
  • Reading "along" the whole Bible
  • Reading "across" the whole Bible
3. How should we relate to the culture around us? (contextualization)
  • By being a counter-culture
  • For the common good
4. In what ways is the gospel unique?

5. What is gospel-centered ministry?
  • Empowered corporate worship
  • Evangelistic effectiveness
  • Counter-cultural community
  • Integration of faith and work
  • The doing of justice and mercy
See also
The Gospel Coalition - Confessional Statement
Tethered to the Center - Collin Hansen, CT (17 Oct 2007)

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