What Does It Mean to Be Gospel-Centered?
As I mentioned Sunday morning in our study on The Gospel-Centered Life, I posed the question to my Twitter followers, “What does it mean to be Gospel-Centered?” Notice, I am not asking for an explanation of the gospel but what it means to live a life centered on the gospel. In less than 140 characters, here were some of the responses:
erikraymond: The truth of what Christ did in history for me (gospel) calibrates everything I do in my life now for his glory (worship) Col.3
jaredcwilson: My standard operating procedure for life comes from knowing I’m a sinner but that Jesus died and rose again out of love for me
JonMcIntosh: Change or transformation of any kind, especially authentic heart-transformation, cannot happen apart from the gospel of grace.
JoshCousineau: You never move beyond the Cross & what Jesus did, the gospel is not the ABC but the A-Z of your new found Christian walk.
pastorjamie: seeing, in all things, what’s beautiful, what’s broken, and how the Gospel (D,B,R) redeems, restores, and renews everything.
timothywashere: In all I do, drawing all goodness and my very life not from self but from the sacrifice and new life that is in Christ alone.
ggrobinson: Cross informed thoughts, attitudes & actions that make us intentionally missional instruments of grace 2 the glory of Christ.
MichaelLeeAdams: 2 live intentionally, purposefully 2 share and show the love, forgivnes, redeption, goodns, & glory of Jesus 2 da world, daily
adamchristensen: I think it should mean that in every situation and setting the gospel is the lens/filter through which we view; i.e…
adamchristensen: …we don’t about anything without a gospel-flavor to it.
jeremyaldridge: Xian: God created u 2 demonstrate His mercy n grace 4 His glory. He died 4 u so u could live. Now live 4 Him n die 2 self.
t_reck: GC means recognizing practically the implications of the Gospel in everything. Theologizing actually lived out.
bobbycapps: Jesus Christ pays for sin, making it possible 4 Him to give you life. Then, He makes u alive, and His Life is evrything else.
mheerema: “You have been shown mercy (not getting what you deserve) and grace (getting what you don’t deserve), go give mercy and grace”
ecpoe: 1 Cor. 2:2 comes to mind–”For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. ”
ChristBookNotes: Daily reminding myself of the sinless life, the gruesome death, and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ
This is a great question to ask yourself. If you had just a few sentences to explain to a new Christian what it means to be “gospel-centered”, how would you respond? I encourage you to take some time to think about it, because the truth is that we never get beyond or grow out of our need for the gospel of Jesus Christ!