16 Feb What Does It Mean To Be A ‘Gospel-centered’ Church? (2/4)
THE GOSPEL-CENTERED LIFE
More specifically, the gospel-centered life is a life where a Christian experiences a growing personal reliance on the gospel that protects him from depending on his own religious performance and being seduced and overwhelmed by idols.
The gospel centered life produces:
When the gospel is central in our lives we have confidence before God- not because of our achievements, but because of Christ’s atonement. We can approach God knowing that he receives us as his children. We do not allow our sins to anchor us to guilt and despair, but their very presence in our lives compels us to flee again and again to Christ for grace that restores our spirits and gives us strength.(Heb. 3:14; 4:16)
When the gospel is central in our lives we have and maintain intimacy with God, not because of our religious performance, but because of Jesus’ priestly ministry. We know that Jesus is our mediator with God the Father and that he has made perfect peace for us through his sacrifice allowing us to draw near to God with the eager expectation of receiving grace, not judgment. (Heb. 7:25; 10:22; James 4:8)