[Audio of this article is available at the end of this blog post]
When I was a a young believer, I somehow thought that the gospel was merely the truth I needed to hear to be saved. From that point, it was about reading my Bible and trying my best to live a life that pleased God. Back then it was largely about the things I shouldn’t do, principally sex, drugs and rock ’n roll! But the ‘gospel’ was relegated to something to be preached at 6.30pm on a Sunday evening or at special evangelistic events.
The good news of all that God has done in Christ is that which both fuels and shapes our discipleship.
We now know better, and Advance The Church is a vibrant expression of that conviction. The good news of all that God has done in Christ (for that is the gospel) is that which both fuels and shapes our discipleship. Through the workings of the Holy Spirit, the objective truth works on our minds, hearts, wills and affections to fashion us after the image of our Savior; individually and corporately as God’s people. The gospel is the means by which God saves us, sanctifies us and glorifies us. It will also be the beautiful theme of eternity. We will never tire of rehearsing and celebrating all that God has done in Christ.
The Gospel is a voracious fire lit in our hearts which is insatiable in its appetite.
We see the expansive impact of the gospel in mission. It’s beautiful to see God’s people passionately ambitious for the gospel, but it is even more beautiful to see the gospel’s own ambition. Seeing that is what ignites and sustains our fire for mission. The gospel is not simply something we’re given and then told to do something with it. It is a voracious fire lit in our hearts which is insatiable in its appetite. It is never satisfied with land taken; it is always pressing ever outward until the whole earth is “filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Hab 2:14). That’s why I’m excited to be joining Joby Martin, Léonce Crump, Tyler Jones, Larry Osborne, Brian Lowe and many more as we consider together the glory of Christ at the Acts 29 Southeast Network Conference. I hope you can join us at Advance16′.
And please pray that this is not merely yet another conference. Pray with me that the gospel fire may be fueled in all of our hearts and rage out of control in our churches so that the glory of Christ is both seen and felt, even in the darkest recess of the earth.
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Steve Timmis serves as the Executive Director for Acts 29. This blog serves as a preview to what he will be speaking about at the Acts 29 US Southeast Network Conference on November 1-2, 2016. Information & Registration can be found here.