Gospel etc.

The gospel is so much more than a good word to save a soul from hell.  We take a person whose life is purposeless and we give them hope and a purpose.  The ‘get ’em saved’ mentality has been blamed for a lot in books like unChristian.  I think the criticism is correct.  Many in the west have reduced the gospel to a formula like ABC (Accept Believe Confess) or The Romans Road.  There is some value in using these tools to remember some of the basics.  However, when Jesus sent out his disciples they made things right in an inclusive way that included the condition of a person but dealt with their context too.  Many followers of Jesus are getting back to that.  Are you?

Luke 9:1-9

1When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, 2and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 3He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. 4Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. 5If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.” 6So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.

 7Now Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was going on. And he was perplexed, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, 8others that Elijah had appeared, and still others that one of the prophets of long ago had come back to life. 9But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him.

Questions

  1. What did Jesus give to his disciples?
  2. What did they do?
  3. How were their message and their actions in sync?
  4. Who is Jesus sending you to minister to?
  5. How would you get your words and your actions aligned?

Going Deeper

Today Kelli and I recorded a segment with Evangelical Child and Family Agency which will be aired on Moody Radio in the third week of November.  It is part of Moody’sMinistryof the Month segment http://www.moodyradiochicago.fm/rdo_promoDetail.aspx?id=47095

Have a look through the ministries that Moody has partnered with and ask if there is anything like these in your neighbourhood.

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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