A WAY OF BEING
Gospel means good news. The gospel of Jesus is the good news that Christ died for our sins making it possible for us to be at peace with God and assured of eternity with him.
Gospel-centered Discipleship is a simple way to express what God calls all followers of Jesus (a.k.a. disciples) to pursue and help others pursue. It’s to Trust, Live-Out, Speak, and Share the Gospel. Our desire is to be a people that is centered on Jesus and his good news. Orienting ourselves around the gospel impacts our lives individually, as a community, and the world we occupy.
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. 1 Corinthians 15:1
TRUST THE GOSPEL
Everything in the life of disciple begins and grows with trusting the gospel. A person becomes a disciple of Jesus by turning away from their life of sin and trusting the gospel. A disciple grows by committing to and appreciating the gospel more and more. The gospel is not just news to be heard, it’s news to be received, to be believed, and to be cherished.
Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ…. Philippians 1:27
LIVE-OUT THE GOSPEL
The gospel impacts every facet of a disciple’s life. As the truths of the gospel are applied, a disciple’s life should be a clear and compelling demonstration of the gospel’s transforming power. Truly trusting the gospel implies the gospel will be visible in a disciple’s life.
Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ…. Ephesians 4:15
SPEAK THE GOSPEL
The life of a disciple is fully restored to God and yet a work in progress. Disciples speak the gospel to other disciples to remind, encourage and instruct one another with truths that flow from the gospel.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… Romans 1:16
SHARE THE GOSPEL
Tragically many of our friends, family members, and neighbors have never experienced the saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A disciple gives themselves to bearing witness to the gospel among those who are outside the community of faith.