To be a gospel-centered church, we must understand the gospel, experience the gospel, and live the gospel. Last Sunday we sought to deepen our understanding of the gospel by contrasting the full biblical gospel (saved and sent, by God and for His glory – 1 Peter 2:9) with two common reductions of the gospel (being saved and being sent). Each of these reduces the gospel to something less than it is; each is true, yet incomplete.
The table below might help illuminate the differences more fully.
|SAVED||SENT||SAVED AND SENT|
|Nature of Sin||Internal/Personal||External/Social||Idolatry (Personal AND Cultural)|
|Salvation||Saved from Guilt||Saved from Selfishness||Saved from Self-Worship, to live for God’s glory|
|Jesus||Gets me to heaven||Shows me how to live||Is the source of my life and the object of my worship|
|Mission||Get People Saved||Get People Active||Live for the glory of God|