Gospel Centrality

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In the book of Mark, Jesus starts his public ministry by saying these words, “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe the gospel.” But what is “the gospel”?

Perhaps the word “gospel” is simply a genre of music of which you like to include a few songs on your most recent Spotify “Spiritual but not Religious” playlist. Maybe “the gospel” is some sort of a plan that helps the poor. Is the gospel a plan? A belief? A song selection? What is the gospel? Most simply, the gospel means “good news.”

It is not a set of rules to be followed, or a doctrine to be understood, or an emotional experience to be had. When Jesus described what he thought was indeed good news for humanity he made it quite clear that his life was central to understanding what this “good news” was all about. Jesus reminding those around him that he was the Son of Man who had come to seek and to save what was lost. And what was lost? We were.

You see, the good news is that Jesus came to find those who were far from God. Heal those who were sick. Rescue us from being enslaved to sin. In Jesus, God redeems our broken selves, our fractured communities, and our decaying world. Furthermore, the gospel is the good news that Jesus will one day return to restore all things.

This is the gospel, the good news.

Jesus has freed us to love God, love one another, and love the world. Liberti Churches believe that the entire Christian faith is understood through the gospel. All of the Scriptures are fulfilled in it. All of what we say and believe must be grounded in it, our lives motivated by it. It is through the gospel alone that we can live, speak, and serve as the very presence of Jesus in a world that desperately thirsts for the gospel.

Liberti exists because of the gospel.

If you come to one of our churches, expect to hear the term a lot. We strive to have it ground our praise, our preaching, and our practice of life.

Stephen Woodgospel