In the chaos of faith, rebellion and obedience

Online Learning and the Gospel

Posted by justicetabernacle on July 29, 2010

a few weeks back, i began a series of online courses that are going to help prep me for my time in berlin.  the topics of these courses range from basic theology to cross-cultural sensitivity, etc.  though i got off to a slow start, due to being on vacation, i have fully immersed myself in this online experience and i am really enjoying it.

in one of the assignments for this week we were supposed to talk about our definition of  the Gospel: content, power and purpose.  i thought i’d share it here—-

What is the Gospel? This is a question that I have been wrestling with a lot lately. Over the past few years here in DC, I have met regularly with a group of guys to discuss the Gospel. It all derived from us traveling together to the ‘advance conference’ in North Carolina. It was a fairly reformed viewpoint, talking about how the church can be revitalized today- In it, we began to meet to talk about the Gospel, the church today and how we can be effective in helping advance the Kingdom.

For me the Gospel is the simple message of creation, fall, redemption through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, the Christ, the time of the church leading up to the final consummation of things upon the return of Christ.

The power of the Gospel is embedded in its content- the recognition of the grand narrative of God’s plan (past, present and future) as revealed through the Scripture and the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. In the recognition of the truth of the way things are, that is, the existence of the trinitarian God and the relationship of our own existence in relation to that creator God, we find power, which is understanding the meaning and purpose of our lives.

This of course then leads to the purposes of the Gospel- that is to understand who we are in the context of creation. Once we are then reconciled back to God through Christ, we are able to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, following after Him to achieve the good and perfect purposes and plans of God. This is of course, always remembering and understanding the complex and mysterious sovereignty of God. As it is, we are playing into His great plans and purposes through our own lives.



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