We aren’t defined by what we do. We are defined by what God has done in the person and work of Jesus Christ. What we do is based upon and motivated by what God has done and who God has made us to be.
Because of who God is and what he has done, we are forever new. Given a new identity in this world. Though society and culture says, “you are what you do” or “you are where you came from,” the gospel speaks this truth instead: because God is father, and through his son he has adopted you, you are a beloved child of God.
We are a family of servant missionaries– learning to follow Jesus together.
“Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures . . .” 1 Corinthians 15:1-4
“Gospel” simply means “good news” and is the pronouncement concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ. The good news is about Jesus: That he was God and became a man, lived the life most abundant life with God and others without sin. Jesus died the death we should have died, as our substitute. Jesus rose from the dead, conquering sin and its effects. He thereby proved that he was an acceptable sacrifice upholding God’s justice, defeating sin & death for all those who would believe. The fruition of this good news is in God making all things new-complete restoration, peace, joy, and justice forever.
The gospel demonstrates that we are all deeply loved by God and that truth changes everything. Personally. Globally. Eternally.